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Disability and Art

This guide provides information on disability in the arts, disability art, and disability studies. Included are links to resources such as artists, books, websites, articles, media, and organizations about this topic. The people highlighted in this guide


Yayoi Kusama is facing the camera, sitting in an armchair covered in her black and yellow polka dot design. She is surrounded by her other polka-dot sculptures. She is wearing a red and black polka dot dress and a red wig.

Yayoi Kusama

A self-portrait by Riva Lehrer. It highlights Lehrer's spinal disability. She is facing away from the viewer with her back exposed. She sits in a pond with greenery, rain, and gold lights all around her.

Riva Lehrer

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A photo of Yinka Shonibare beside one of his sculptures. He faces the camera, smiling. He is sitting in his mobility aid. The sculpture has the head of a globe and wears the Dutch wax fabrics popular in African culture.


A photo of disability rights protestors with mobility aids at the Capitol Rotunda in 1991

Tom Olin