Institute on Community IntegrationCollege of Education and Human Development

Changing Landscapes —
Supporting Artists with Disabilities

The Institute on Community Integration is engaged with partners at the University of Minnesota and in the Twin Cities community to support artists with disabilities. We display new sets of art by artists with disabilities in Pattee Hall, the main office building of ICI, every four months (since 2007); and in 2009 we hosted the Symposium on the Arts and Disability.

New installments of art are displayed in Pattee Hall, the workplace of the Institute on Community Integration, approximately every four months. Staff and visitors are invited to purchase art directly from the participating organizations.

All images on this page are copyrighted to the artists. It is not permissable to download and illegally use these images.

Current Art Exhibit - "Upstream"

Photograph included in current exhibit at Pattee Hall

ICI has a new art exhibit from Upstream Arts on view in Pattee Hall at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. New York photographer Dirk Anschütz joined forces with Minneapolis-based Upstream Arts – a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and youth with disabilities through the power of arts education – to produce Upstream, an exhibition that offers unsentimental portraits of young adults with disabilities. In this body of work, Anschütz focuses on the complex human being beyond the disability. The exhibit is on all three floors of Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr SE on the East Bank Campus.


Past Art Exhibits

Lao Xiong (October 2013 - January 2014)

Artwork of Lao XiongThis independent artist, Lao Xiong, supported by TSE Incorporated, provided over 20 pieces to exhibit in Pattee Hall. See this StarTribune article, On the job with employment advisor Jeff Myhre for more information about Lao's employment advisor and TSE.


Opportunity Partners (May - September 2013)

Pattee Hall was graced with artwork from artists from Opportunity Partners during the summer of 2013.

Interact Center (November 2012 - January 2013)

This was our 3rd exhibition from artists at Interact Center. We showed over 30 paintings, sculpture, and home decor pieces exhibited on all 3 floors and in select conference rooms and suites.

Lifeworks Services (June - September 2012)

We displayed over 30 pieces from Lifeworks Services' traveling collection. Art, music, theater, photography, and art history are taught by volunteers, guest artists and Lifeworks staff. Clients have the opportunity to display their art at events around the community, as part of the Lifeworks Traveling Art Show.

ART-Abilities (November 2011 - February 2012)

We exhibited over 35 pieces from ART-Abilities Gallery celebrating artwork and creativity by Twin Cities artists of all abilities. This show was presented in collaboration with ARRM, Homeward Bound, Inc., and Star Services, and with community partners CCP, Harry Meyering Center, Opportunity Partners, Phoenix Alternative and REM The Mentor Network. This selection of art had been previously exhibited at the Ridgedale Library, and enjoyed an extended exhibit at Pattee Hall!

Brainstorms (January - May 2011)

Raising awareness about epilepsy, in collaboration with the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

Duality - Art by Anderson         Sunflowers - Art by Krupp         Strange Sound of Caution - Art by Potter DuCloux

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFM) launched its Creative Arts program in 2004, the only program of its kind in Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. The BRAINSTORMS visual arts program is one of EFM’s three Creative Arts programs and features over 120 pieces from artists living with seizures. The collection travels throughout communities in Minnesota and eastern North Dakota to raise epilepsy awareness. See the full Brainstorms Art collection online.

Slideshows of Past Art Opening Events

News Articles Related to Ongoing Exhibits

Arts & Disability Symposium

The Institute was proud to co-host the Symposium on the Arts & Disability on October 30, 2009 at the Weisman Art Museum to share ideas and strengthen opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the arts. We were honored to have Tom di Maria, director of Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California, as our keynote speaker. In addition, three panels of prominent artists, educators, and program directors added to the discussion of ways to strengthen opportunities for artists with disabilities.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to the generous support of ICI, its committed staff members, and the participating organizations and artists loaning and selling their artwork. Special thanks to a grant from the College of Education and Human Development’s Multicultural and Diversity Committee for supporting us in our inaugural year, 2007-2008.

2013-2014 Arts Committee Members

The following Institute on Community Integration staff comprise the Changing Landscapes Arts Committee:

  • Megan Dushin (co-chair)
  • Mark Olson (co-chair)
  • Amanda Ryan
  • Melissa Critchley
  • Cliff Poetz

Congratulations to the 2007-2008 committee for winning the ICI Excellence and Community Building Award in 2008!

More Information

Please contact Megan Dushin at dushi001@umn.edu or 612-626-8649 to inquire further.