Alternative Art Making Process: Art, Creation, and Disabilities
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016, 1:00PM - 6:00PM
SFAI Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street
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Alternative Art Making Process: Art, Creation, and Disabilities presents a dedicated series of artist talks and panel discussions on art, disabilities, and "alternative" processes.  Featured guests will share their ideas and practices, offering perspectives on the questions of approaching space, production, and instruction. The day will be educational in essence and an open dialogue in challenging the notion of "disability." 

As part of the program, a reception will take place in Studio 14 for Push Beyond Boundaries, featuring the work of alumnus Jim Kimberly and Corbett O’Toole..


1-2pm: Jim Kimberly (MFA, 1973), Push Beyond Boundaries

2-2:45pm: Access and Accessibility: Space and Disabilities

Emily Smith Beitiks, PhD., Associate Director, Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability
Georgina Kleege, author
Jenna Hebert, Access Programs Assistant, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Judith Smith, Founder and Artistic Director, Axis Dance Company

2:45-3:15 pm: Break

3:15-4pm: Corbett O’Toole, Cripping the Quilt: Challenging Structure, Form and Content

4-4:45pm: Education and Art Making Process: Looking at Disabilities Differently

Nuala Creed, Instructor, Alchemia
Nicole Follen, artist
Carrie Katz (MFA, 2012), Instructor, Alchemia
Paul Moshammer, Studio Manager, Creativity Explored

4:45-5:15pm: Nat Dean (BFA, 1978), The Medium May Change, But Not the Message

5:15-6pm: Reception for Push Beyond Boundaries, Diego Rivera Gallery + Studio 14


Related Exhibition:
Jim Kimberly and Corbett O’Toole: Push Beyond Boundaries
July 15-22
Diego Rivera Gallery + Studio 14


Artist Bios:

Nat Dean (BFA 1978) sustained a traumatic brain injury in 1984 while living in San Francisco. Currently the artist lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is involved in advocacy and public policy in the area of disabilities both at the state and federal levels. She has used a service dog to mitigate many symptoms of disability for nearly 29 years.

Jim Kimberly (MFA 1973) is a well respected painter, sculptor, installation artist and has been actively making and exhibiting art in the East Bay and Sacramento areas.

He was diagnosed with ALS two years ago, and no longer has the use of his arms, legs, hands or fingers. The artist believes these severe limitations have given him a new strength and perspective in creating his art.  He explains that he is now able to push beyond boundaries "without the interference" of his limbs.  His current large scale abstract paintings reference this connection.  

Corbett Joan O’Toole is a disabled artist who creates work that honors diverse histories of disability communities. Working primarily with fabric, her projects have explored earthquakes, women and violence. She is developing new projects looking at disabled parents and their families, the hands of disabled people, and visual representations of "wheelchair bound."

Recently, her works have been exhibited by SomARTS and Voices in Cloth and she received a commission from the Longmore Institute of San Francisco State University. She created the Disabled Artists Collaborative which supports artists working at the intersections of disability, social justice and art. She is a co-founder of Autonomous Press and an award winning author of Fading Scars: My Queer Disability History.

Support our organizational partners:


Axis Dance Company

Creativity Explored

The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disabilities (SFSU)

This program is presented by SFAI's Development Department.

Please contact Cléa Massiani at in advance for ADA needs.