Presence and Absence Lecture
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.
February 21st, 5 pm
Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer and curator whose work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body. She is best known for representations of people with impairments, and those whose sexuality and/or gender identity have long been a subject of stigma.
Ms. Lehrer's work has been seen in venues including the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, the United Nations, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the Arnot Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Frye Museum, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the State of Illinois Museum.
Awards include the 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellowship for writing, 2015 Three Arts Residency Fellowship at the University of Illinois; the 2014 Mellon Residency Fellowship at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, the 2008 Three Arts Foundation Grant, and the 2006 Wynn Newhouse Award for Excellence, (NYC). Other awards include those from the Illinois Arts Council, the University of Illinois, and the National Endowment for the Arts.