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Re: disabilities and artists

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Jane Shiflett Manner (jmanner)
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 19:10:09 -0500

At 02:58 PM 3/27/98 -0600, you wrote:
> As an artist and educator who also happens to be disabled, I am
appalled at the discussion of "teaching disabled artists".

I don't think any of us "teach an artist because of disability". We expose
our students to artists who have produced exemplary work. Chuck Close was
noted in ART IN AMERICA last year as one of the most influential figures in
the contemporary art world. He is a shrewd businessman , a fine teacher,
an advocate for upcoming artists, and the artists who produces
world-renowned pieces. He is important in my classroom because my student
who needs a brace to hold a brush or must sling paint from a cup wedged
between her thighs as her wheelchair is moved around the canvas benefits
from seeing not only his work, but from the knowledge that he perseveres
and achieves greatness. I wish she could meet you, what an inspiration you
would be! You produce wonderful artwork and you conduct a productive
classroom. The fact that the kids don't treat you any differently from
their other teachers would give her great joy. I think you would have
appreciated her introduction to her newest piece when we were having
in-progress critiques this week. They are supposed to state the motivation
for the piece first and then decribe process and request suggestion or
field questions. She said, "I did this for $700. Duckhead commissioned
it for their entrance foyer."