Telling It Slant: The Crafts of NIAD Art Center
Richmond’s NIAD Art Center has been helping artists with disabilities produce craft objects and contemporary art for more than thirty years. This exhibition offers a rare and in-depth look at some of its celebrated offerings, including works from self-taught basket-maker Susan Wise, modernist-influenced ceramic vessels from blind artist Kristi Dean, strangely evocative clay structures from Sylvia Fragoso, detailed painted silk wall hangings by Jean McElvane, as well as a selection of quilts including works by Alice Sampson. Curated by Courtney Eldridge.
About the curator
Courtney Eldridge is the author of Unkempt, a collection of short stories, The Generosity of Women, a novel, and Ghost Time, the first installment of a young adult trilogy, soon to be followed by its sequel Bone-White. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and quarterlies, including The New York Times Magazine, BOMB, McSweeney’s and Post Road. For more information, courtneyeldridge.net.
About NIAD Art Center
Since 1982, NIAD’s visual art program has promoted meaningful independent living by artists with disabilities—while its artists create remarkable contemporary art. In a unique open studio environment, and with the guidance of qualified staff, NIAD artists acquire new skills in artistic practice and in independent living. Frequently remarkable, surprising and engaging, NIAD artwork has become a highlight of the Richmond art scene and has received recognition from the national artistic community. For more information, niadart.org.