College of Education

SEFT department's ArtPrize entry: Reframing Disabilities

Date: September 16, 2013

ArtPrize GVSU 2013Reframing Disabilities: ArtPrize 2013

This year, the College of Education’s Special Education, Foundations, and Technology department is excited to participate in ArtPrize 2013 with their multimedia entry, Reframing Disabilities.

Reframing Disabilities (ArtPrize Vote Code: 55335) is a multimedia series of 5 frames that are displayed in front of Eberhard Center along the low-sitting wall. Created using wood, metals, plastic, and glass, Reframing Disabilities engages viewers in the various sensory, mobility, and communication experiences of individuals with disabilities. The project was created by a group of four artists/teachers coordinated by GVSU visiting faculty member, Julie (Feyen) Lensink. On the blog for Reframing Disabilities, the group writes:

“Our idea for the Reframing Disabilities project was to highlight the differences in communication, mobility, and sensory stimulation for individuals with disabilities. We want to change how the general public views disabilities and the negative stigma behind the word. The idea behind the structure of the piece was to incorporate the different aspects in their own frame with two solid pieces to connect the ideas.

  1. The first frame will have various modes of communication often seen within the community. These tools have greatly enhanced the opportunities for communication with peers.
  2. The sensory stimulation objects housed in the second frame will provide an opportunity for the public to interact with this piece.
  3. The third frame will have different mobility objects. This frame will capture the forms of movement enabled by assistive devices.

We want people to not only rethink about individuals with disabilities, but to look into themselves as well, recognizing that we have more similarities than differences.”

Reframing Disabilities was created by local teacher/artists Julie Lensink, Bethany Ryder, Kelsey Donnelly, and Kelsey O’Dell, with assistance from family, friends, and neighbors.

Visit the exhibit while it is on display outside Eberhard Center, and don’t forget to vote for the entry! The ArtPrize Voting Code is 55335.

Reframing Disabilities ArtPrize 2013 GVSU

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