Join us for a gathering of artists, professors, students, and organizers discussing and critically engaging with disability, access, and the potential to utilize these concepts in a generative and inclusive way.
All sessions will be fully hybrid, so they can be attended in person at the Siebel Center for Design on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus or virtually via Zoom. Every session of the colloquium will have live captioning and ASL interpretation, for both in-person and virtual event attendees.
Registration is required to attend, and you can select in-person or virtual options at the following links | Register for Day One | Register for Day Two
The Shannon Finnegan artist talk on October 21 has its own registration portal through the Art + Design Visitors Series | Register for the Artist Talk
Schedule of Speakers
Cripping: Interdependence, Creativity, Access | An intercampus hybrid discussion about the integration and dissemination of access
Margaret Fink, Director of the Disability Cultural Center at University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)
Jorge Lucero, Professor and Chair of Art Education in the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Karyn Sandlos, Head of Art Education at UIC
Lorelei Stewart, Director Gallery 400 at UIC
Liza Sylvestre, Curator of Academic Programs at Krannert Art Museum, UIUC
Faculty Discussion | Faculty from disparate departments at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign discuss how disability and access have informed their research and pedagogy
Clara Bosak-Schroeder, Department of Classics
Nic Flores, Department of Latina/Latino Studies
Christopher Robert Jones, School of Art and Design
Eduardo Ledesma, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Art + Design Visitors Series: Shannon Finnegan Artist Talk | Accessibility Dreams
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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?
About the Artist
Shannon Finnegan is an 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 and cushions 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.