The Fairfield Arts Council Center last night hosted a panel discussion based on its current “Change” exhibit, which features work from artists with disabilities.
Moderated by Dr. Martha S. LoMonaco, professor of theater for the Department of Visual & Performing Arts at Fairfield University, the panel included curator and gallerist Margaret Bodell; artist and teacher Donald Axleroad; Gerard Gasparino, manager of development and recreation for Stamford-based Always Reaching for Independence; Salvatore Scalora, an associate professor of art and the director of the William Benton Museum of Art at UConn; and Helga and John Downing, parents of exhibiting artist Samantha Downing.
The panel discussed opportunities for disabled artists who are regularly excluded from showing at art galleries and museums and about their own efforts to turn around “conventional, social or aesthetic mores.”
I missed the discussion but popped in on Tuesday to have a look-see at the show. The works were great, and were hung slightly lower than normal to accommodate all guests. That might be something the gallery keeps as a standard for future shows. Perhaps other galleries and museums should keep that in mind. The art was hanging at a level that would be comfortable for someone sitting or standing.