International Archive of Deaf Artists



Image created by Beth Nicole McKeown




1998 - 2006


The project began several years ago when, for the first time, we began to develop a course entitled "Deaf Art/Deaf Artists" at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. As we began to develop our course material, we were very fortunate to be able to work with Tom Willard, who had established the Deaf Artists of America gallery here in Rochester. His generosity with slides, addresses, information, and support was essential to the success of our course. Sometime during our research, it became clear that there was very little information on the world wide web -- or anywhere else -- about artists who are deaf. Why not then, establish a resource which would make that information available to everyone? Why not create a website which would highlight these artists, a site where they could show their slides, describe their work, and where that work would be available to students, other artists, and anyone interested in Deaf Culture?


Through our research we collected the slides of many people, and we saw many different approaches to creativity. As you explore these archives, you will notice that some artists focus on their experience of Deafness, some do not. Some address the issue of gender or other social problems. For still other artists, those issues are not included in their work. As with any group of people, there are many approaches to fulfilling their needs to create art.

We would like to thank the following people who have contributed to the creation of the International Archive of Deaf Artists


Bob Baker for his contribution of slides
Dr. Simon Carmel
Dr. John Cox for information on deaf artists
Dr. Laurie Brewer, Dr. Peter Lalley and Dr. Tom Raco for their support of this effort
Leslie Kushner for the contact with deaf women artists
The artists participating in the International Archive of Deaf Artists
Beth Nicole McKeown for her logo design.
RIT Educational Technology Center
RIT Library

Our deepest gratitude to Tom and Tracey Willard for contributing slides and information.


Welcome to you!

Barbara Fox and Paula Grcevic

If you would like further information about the International Archive of Deaf Artists, please contact:

Paula Grcevic,