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Visitor's Series, Shannon Finnegan, "Accessibility Dreams"

Event Type
School of Art & Design
Sunset Studio, Room 1050 Siebel Center for Design/Zoom
Oct 21, 2021   5:30 pm  
Originating Calendar
A+D Student events

This will be a hybrid event. In-person will be in Sunset Studio (Room 1050), Seibel Center for Design


Through their art practice, Shannon thinks about how we can move towards better and more nuanced 
approaches to access. Instead of focusing on compliance and doing the minimum, what if we approach 
access creatively and generously, centering disability culture? How might we make spaces and 
experiences that disabled people not only can access but want to access?

Shannon Finnegan is a multidisciplinary artist. Some of their recent work includes Anti-Stairs Club 
Lounge, an ongoing project that gathers people together who share an aversion to stairs; Alt-Text 
as Poetry, a collaboration with Bojana Coklyat that explores the expressive potential of image 
description; and Do You Want Us Here or Not, a series of benches designed for exhibition spaces. 
They have done projects with Banff Centre, the High Line, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Nook Gallery. Their work has been supported by a 2018 Wynn 
Newhouse Award, a 2019 residency at Eyebeam, and a 2020 grant from Art Matters Foundation.

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