Institute on Community IntegrationCollege of Education and Human Development

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.

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Current Exhibit: Minnesota Life College (January - April 2016)

The students of Minnesota Life College (MLC) have prepared exceptional art work for the Changing Landscapes exhibit at the Institute on Community Integration. The selection of artwork spans two years of art making and includes intaglio prints, dioramas, scratch boards, charcoal and pastel drawings, and both watercolor and acrylic paintings. A variety of art is on display, including self portraits, landscapes, still lifes, abstract cityscapes, animal portraiture, and even mixed media Día de Los Muertos “ofrendas” or offerings. In an effort to produce high-quality and unique artwork, the students have ventured on multiple field trips to locations such as the MIA, Bloomington Center for the Arts, and the Highpoint Center for Printmaking to learn new techniques for expressing their creativity. Preparing for the art show has been highly impactful on MLC students, as they are required to exhibit high levels of professionalism and artistry with their works, as they prepare to have them on display for the community. 

Photo of 10 students showing their Intaglio prints in a studio.
MLC students sharing their intaglio prints

Select Art on Display

Here are a few samples of the 30+ pieces of art on display in Pattee Hall:

Photo of print drawing in warm tones (henna reds) depicting an owl.
Riley Bergmann's "The Hawk", intaglio print

Drawing of a koi fish from top perspective swimming in a circle - blue-gray tones.
Christine Horner's "Don't Be Koi With Me", intaglio print

Scratchboard image of a dark gray wolf leaping in stride with scratch marks as the background.
Katharine Fitzgerald's "Sable Shepherd", scratchboard

Scratchboard image of a dark gray wolf leaping in stride with scratch marks as the background.
Lizzie Schroeder's "Self-Portrait", chalk pastel

Watercolor painting of 3 birch tree trunks and their shadows cast on a light blue ground with a sunet and tree shapes in background.
Jon Purdy's "Trees in Sunset", watercolor

Christine Horner's "Red Panda", chalk pastel

Art is for sale! Please inquire with Luisa Gerasimo, Director of Development at MLC, at or 612-876-9405.

Art Reception

MLC and ICI are hosting an art opening reception on February 11, 2016 from 4-6pm in Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN. Parking information can be found on the U of M Pattee Hall webpage. Contact Changing Lanscapes Committee chairs Megan Dushin ( or Mark Olson ( for details.

About Minnesota Life College

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!

Past Art Exhibits

Jonathan Culbertson (August - December 2015)

Stephanie Award Recipient

About 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)

Stephanie Award Recipient

Many thanks to all who joined us on April 24, 2015 to celebrate Jimmy's art! See CEHD News article, Institute on Community Integration Showcases Artist Jimmy Reagan.

About the Artist: Born July 6, 1993 in St. Paul, MN and creating art since 2009, 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.

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

"Upstream" (March - June 2014)

Photograph included in current exhibit at Pattee Hall

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.

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.


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 or 612-626-8649 to inquire further.