New Exhibition Shines Light on ‘Disability’

A new exhibition at The Gallery at UTA – presented in conjunction with the 2015 Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures – opens this week.

“Subject: Disability” features nine artists from both the DFW area and from across the United States whose work addresses issues concerning disability today. Visiting Assistant Professor Stephen Lapthisophon (Art & Art History) curated the exhibition.

Lapthisophon, a respected artist and educator who teaches classes for UT Arlington’s Disability Studies Minor, said the exhibition title “serves not only as a marker for the content of the show but also as a reference to a subject-object relation on questions of being – agency, authority and power – ‘who speaks for whom?’ in our world.” Media ranging from painting and drawing to installation and video works were chosen to illustrate the ways art can challenge and inform our experience of others, he said.

The artists include Gary Cannone, Sally Glass, Joseph Grigely, Olga Koumoundouros, Pierre Krause, Michelle Rawlings, Sunaura Taylor, Lauren Woods and Michael Wynne. The exhibition will run through April 4.

“Subject: Disability,” as well as the Webb Lectures slated for March 4-5, marks the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act. Assistant Professor Sarah Rose (History) said several disability-related events are planned throughout the year.

The exhibition’s opening reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, and is free and open to the public. Lapthisophon offered a gallery talk for students and faculty on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. (The Gallery will be closed during the university’s spring break, March 9-14.)

The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper St. in Arlington. For more information contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or

The 2014-2015 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin. This exhibition and related events are co-sponsored by the Minor in Disability Studies and the Department of History.


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