Changing Landscapes —
Supporting Artists with Disabilities

The Institute on Community Integration's Changing Landscapes initiative supports artists with disabilities through displaying and celebrating the work of Twin Cities artists in Pattee Hall. In addition, we offer the new Stephanie Award to one artist per exhibit, thanks to the Stephanie Evelo Arts & Disability Memorial Fund. In 2009, the Institute also hosted the Symposium on the Arts and Disability.

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


Current UMN Exhibit

Jon Leverentz (June-September 2017)

Jon Leverentz, "Frontier Town Montana"

 

We are delighted to exhibit the artwork of artist Jon Leverentz in Pattee Hall on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. Jon is currently supported by Hammer Residences and has been an artist for most of his life, using acrylic and oil paints to create his artwork. He is inspired by nature and likes painting outdoor scenery. Jon’s insignia for all his paintings includes a “G” for God and his initials. He includes a “G” because through everything God has helped him, especially in his painting. 

Join us for the closing art reception

Join us in celebrating Jon and his art! We'll provide hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:00–6:00 p.m.
U of MN, Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Mpls

RSVP and vote on your favorite piece here (by Sept. 13)

Review the listing of Jon Leverentz's pieces in this exhibit (PDF) and copy the title of your favorite piece before voting.

See also:

 

Current Community Exhibit

Interact Visual Artists at Birchwood Cafe, "Feast"

Come visit the Birchwood Cafe in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis to view Feast, Interact Center for Visual and Performing Artist's new community exhibit. During 2017, Interact Visual Artists are exploring the subject of food and their relationships and perceptions of food and art. Individual cultural traditions were compared by exploring different ethnic foods. The artists have approached the call in a variety of media and styles to demonstrate both existing and new understandings of one of the most basic building blocks of life, food.

Location: Birchwood Cafe, 3311 East 25th Street, Minneapolis
Exhibition: August 14 - October 8, 2017


Past Art Exhibits

Evelo Permanent Collection at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis (May 2017)

photo of man installing art on wallWe installed our first community art exhibit at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Loring Park at 519 Oak Grove Street (across from the Walker) in Minneapolis! With the aid of St. Mark's art curator Gregory McDaniels, we installed nine works of art from Changing Landscapes' Evelo Permanent Collection. This exhibit was open to the public for the month of May.

Artists whose work were displayed include Ashlea Karkula, Mike Kramer, Eric Sherarts, Juanita Umbell, and Matthew Zimdars from Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts; Sharon Wood from Courage Center; and independent artists Stephanie Evelo, Geoffrey Mikol, and Jimmy Reagan.

Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts (January - April 2017)

Ingrid Hansen's painting, Llamsa and CliffWe were delighted to install our third exhibit of art from Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, in this, our 10th year anniverary of showcasing art by artists with disabilities in Pattee Hall! This exhibit includes the work of 39 incredible Interact artists. We enjoyed meeting many of the artists at their closing reception on March 31, 2017 in Pattee Hall. Congratulations to Ingrid Hansen for winning the Stephanie Award for her piece "Llamas and Cliff" and to Ashlea Karkula for the sale of her piece "Cityscape" which is now a part of our permanent collection!
Art: Ingrid Hansen's Llamas and Cliff.

Geoffrey Mikol (September - December 2016)

Photo of light streaming in forest of trees and grassWe were excited to exhibit the artwork of Illinois artist Geoffrey Mikol as part of our Changing Landscapes Arts exhibits. Geoffrey was born with Downs syndrome and has found a special connection with fine art photography as a means of expressing himself. He recently graduated from Harper College and is self-employed through his fine art photography. Follow Goeffrey on Instagram or Facebook.
Art: Geoffrey Mikol's First Light

ICI Staff and Permanent Collection Exhibit (June - August 2016)

Works in the Stephanie Evelo Permanent Art Collection and by Institute on Community Integration employees were on exhibit over the summer months.

Minnesota Life College (January - April 2016)

Photo of 10 students showing their Intaglio prints in a studio.The students of Minnesota Life College (MLC) prepared exceptional art work for the Changing Landscapes exhibit at the Institute on Community Integration. The selection of artwork spanned two years of art making and included intaglio prints, dioramas, scratch boards, charcoal and pastel drawings, and both watercolor and acrylic paintings. MLC is a life-long learning program for individuals with Autism Spectrum and learning differences who want to lead an independent life within the community. The purpose of MLC is to provide Real Skills for Real Life™ training in an experiential learning setting, and be a transition guide throughout the many changes that take place throughout adult life. We are excited to see their creations!

Jonathan Culbertson (August - December 2015)

Photo of Jonathan'sAbout the artist: Jonathan Culbertson is a skilled photographer who specializes in nature, portrait, and event photography. Jonathan lives with Autism and other disabilities which have added strength to his work. He uses his unique view of the world to inspire others through his art.

 

Jimmy Reagan (March - July 2015)

Born July 6, 1993 in St. Paul, MN and creating art since 2009, Jimmy Reagan has a passion for color, texture and the simplicity of an image. His work is expressive and inventive while innocent and sophisticated at the same time.  The sumptuous, unexpected array of color in Reagan's work, suggests the artist's relationship to synesthesia. Bright, electric color infuses his images as do short lines he defines as 'tick marks.' Reagan's favorite subjects are portraits – both people and animals. The subjects of Reagan’s portraiture often depict a clear, sometimes striking, direct gaze. Eye contact is an interesting and reccurring theme. Diagnosed with complex autism at age 2 1/2, Reagan's work offers him a means to illustrate his perspective of the world. See CEHD News article, Institute on Community Integration Showcases Artist Jimmy Reagan.

Midwest Special Services (July - October 2014)

Photo of art in MSS exhibitWe are excited to display over 20 pieces of visual art from the talented artists at Midwest Special Services (MSS), a non-profit organization that provides supports for adults with disabilities. The show includes a variety of art mediums including drawings, paintings, prints, textile art, photographs, and digital art. The art on display is a product of MSS' award-winning Creative Arts Program. Through a facilitated approach, MSS artists are able to overcome physical or cognitive barriers they may face, and bring their creative vision to life.

For more information about MSS or their Creative Arts Program please contact Lauren Hughes at lhughes@mwsservices.org.

"Upstream" (March - June 2014)

Photograph included in current exhibit at Pattee HallNew 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.


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.

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.