Through the finest examples of three-dimensional practice (sculpture, ceramics, performance, installation and video art), this exhibition emphasizes the relationship between disability and the fundamental human experiences of change and embodiment. This innovative project is organized jointly by DisArt, a Grand Rapids-based arts and culture organization promoting full participation of disabled people in the arts, and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The exhibition offers audiences a survey of contemporary Disability sculpture through artists whose work represents local, national, and global perspectives on the lived experiences of disability.
The sister-state relationship between Michigan and the Shiga Prefecture; Japan is the cornerstone of this exhibition. Shiga Prefecture is long distinguished by remarkable opportunities for disabled people. This exhibition began with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the sister-state relationship and grew to accommodate a dynamic collection of works by contemporary artists from Australia, Japan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.