“Access Denied” – Matt Sesow
Showing at Access Gallery August 15 – September 13, 2014
(Denver) Quite often, the word accessibility is used in reference to the access of physical spaces for those with disabilities. A large part of the missi
on of VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is about educating arts organizations about ADA compliance issues. However, the larger concept of access affects a bigger swath of our society and world. In the new exhibit “Access Denied”, internationally renowned artist Matt Sesow explores everything from the accessibility of economic opportunity, health care, and healthy food in our society to the accessibility of habitable environments in the animal world.
As during past exhibits, the gallery is excited to have Sesow painting in their space at 909 Santa Fe Drive the week prior, creating pieces that will be in the show. The artist will remain in town for the Opening Reception, Friday, August 15, 5-8 pm. The public is invited to this event as well as to a First Friday Reception on September 5 from 5-8 pm. Works can also be viewed and purchased during regular gallery hours, Tuesday-Friday 10am- 5pm.
Living in Washington DC, Sesow rarely has to look further than Capital Hill to find an issue that resonates with him and he is not afraid to take these on in his work. In 2013 he finished a 10-year project 31 Days in July in which, every July for 10 years in a row he created a painting based on the compelling news of that day.
“Matt’s work has been described as angry, immediate and frantic.” Says Damon McLeese, Excutive Director of Access Gallery. All of those terms might be appropriate, but I find his work engaging, thoughtful and often provoking, which is what I think art should be about.”
In September of 2013, Sesow was honored to have his work featured on a postage stamp issued by the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) The stamp images, titled Break Barriers, Open Doors were issued in conjunction with the United Nations High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development and also include self portraits by artists Chuck Close and Josephine King, and Sargy Mann, a group photograph of the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, and an individual photograph by Pete Eckert. The stamps, issued in US dollars, Swiss francs and Euros, are sold at United Nations stamp shops in New York, Geneva and Vienna, and at the website http//unstamps.org.
When Matt was 8 years old he was struck by the propeller of a landing airplane, ultimately losing his dominant hand as a result of the accident. Untrained and self-taught, Sesow started painting in 1995 as an emotional reaction to his disability and was quickly discovered by collectors of folk, visionary and outsider art.
Giving Voice- Cause Related
Capital Hill People’s Fair 2014 Mural Project
Third Friday: June 20, 2014
Meet the artist: June 27, 2014
Our VSA team was at the Peoples Fair June 7 and 8, and are in the mural competition again. The People’s Fair Mural Project is a team-based mural painting competition taking place on-site at the People’s Fair, with the goal of giving local youth a creative outlet for self-expression. The People’s Fair Mural Project works to empower our local youth to build confidence, learn teamwork, and accomplish goals. We invite you to join us to celebrate the artist’s achievements and view the completed murals.
In/Finite Earth is the 12th exhibition in VSA and Volkswagen Group of America’s annual Emerging Artists Program. This longtime collaboration provides 15 selected visual artists who are living with disabilities, ages 16 – 25, with an unprecedented opportunity to receive national recognition at the start of their careers. Culminating in a national tour of the winning artwork, including exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution and other venues across the country.
This year’s theme asked the artists to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints at the intersection of environmentalism, creativity and disability. The winning artwork presents each artist’s distinct and compelling responses to their environment, personal history, and, at times personal disability.
VSA Colorad/Access Gallery is proud to host this exhibit for the second time. This year we are also pleased to have a VSA Colorado/Access Gallery artist AJ Kiel in the show. AJ has worked at VSA Colorado/Access Gallery and by being one of the winners AJ was able to go to DC for the unveiling of this exhibit. To learn more
Art Architecture and Autism
- Opening Reception: April 4
- Meet the Artist Reception: April 18
Main – An Artist in Residency Culminating Show. Working with the Clyford Still Museum our team of young artists with Autism explored the work of this iconic artist and the building that houses his collection. Learn more and see photos
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery, Rocky Top Middle School and The Art Students League of Denver presents: Art of my World. A show of collaborative works created by children with special needs at Rocky Top Middle School in Thornton. This program offers a series of workshops for children with autism or other disabilities who attend Rocky Top’s magnet program, which provides customized services for youths with special needs. For five weeks, a team of four professional artists worked with 24 of middle school aged children in their school to create mixed media works of art depicting literacy around them: home, school, community and the world, all of which are on exhibit.
We believe every young person, regardless of ability, deserves access to appropriate arts learning. This project allowed youths to increase their connection to art education with free access, one on one interaction and this exhibit, allowing the broader community and other students at Rocky Top Middle School to experience the creative potential of youth with special needs. Many of our 2013/14 workshops, residencies and shows have been made possible through VSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery and Arts Connect All contract based programs. To learn more.
“The Art of Print Making” Lead by Master Print Maker Melanie Yazzie
Saturday, April 19th from 12:00 to 2:00pm. At Access Gallery VSA Colorado. Participants will explore monotype printmaking. Using a verity of materials, participants will create their own masterpiece. To learn more contact VSA Colorado. Must register first. To learn more about.Melanie Yazzi