Bodies of Work, University of Illinois at Chicago


Bodies of Work is a network of artists and organizations whose art illuminates the disability experience.

From the local to the international, our “bodies of work” explore innovative forms of artistic expression, derived from unique bodies and minds, that explore the disability experience, advance the rights of disabled people, and widen society's understanding of what it means to be human.

"Disability is not a 'brave struggle' or 'courage in the face of adversity'...disability is an art. It is an ingenious way to live." Neil Marcus, Poet



Painting of by Riva Lehrer of her and her dog

February 9, 2016

Beauty in Exile: A Lecture and Discussion with Riva Lehrer
Featuring clips from the film "Self-Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer"

Image of Baraka performing

February 19, 2016

The "good" body (Chicago Edition): A performative lecture by Baraka adé Soleil
Join us for a performative lecture with award-winning artist Barak adé Soleil