NTID Dyer Arts Center Hosts Exhibit Honoring 25 Years of Deaf View/Image Arts

In 1989, the term Deaf View/Image Art (De’VIA) was coined after nine deaf artists met for a four-day workshop preceding the Deaf Way arts festival at Gallaudet University. Their objective was to represent the visual perceptions of deaf artists based on their deaf experience.

Twenty-five years later, Dyer Arts Center at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is honoring Deaf View/Image Arts with an exhibition called “Viva De’VIA.” The show runs from Oct. 3 through Nov. 8, with an artist reception at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and a closing reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

“ ‘Viva De’VIA’ at Dyer features resistance and affirmation works of emerging artists alongside established De’VIA artists,” said Patti Durr, associate professor in the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies at NTID. “Themes of personhood, perspectives, place, politics, perseverance and affranchisement underscore the central focus of the exhibition.”

The exhibition features 40 deaf artists with close to 70 pieces of work—varying from painting and assemblage, to mixed media, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, photography and video.

The Dyer Arts Center, located at 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by request. For more information, email dyerartscenter@rit.eduor call 585-475-6406.