Exhibition: “Way: Deaf Way, All the Way”
Space is transformed into a “sense of place” by Deaf visual artist Cynthia Weitzel in Way: Deaf Way, All The Way at the Anderson Center at Tower View’s Main Gallery May 20 – August 12, 2023. The exhibition opens with a free artist reception on Friday, May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
Way: Deaf Way, All The Way shares Weitzel’s journey in exploring different ways to visually communicate the Deaf point of view. Through intersections at the axis of language, embodying the culture and spirit of the Deaf community, Weitzel presents several new bodies of work of different mediums that reclaim and reframe the lived experience of the people of the eye.
The Anderson Center is proud to showcase Weitzel’s artwork and shine a light on the relevance of her practice. She has been a part of the Anderson Center artist community as a year-round studio resident since 2011 and is the founder of the organization’s innovative Deaf Artist Residency program.
With support from a FY22 Creative Support for Individuals Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Weitzel is offering online artist talks from the gallery and her studio, primarily for Deaf audiences throughout greater Minnesota, but also fully accessible for the general public.
Cynthia Weitzel holds a fine arts degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. After 25 years of service in the nonprofit field and human rights advocacy, she transitioned to career artist and works full-time in her studio at the Anderson Center. Being Deaf, much of Weitzel’s work reflects the history, life and perspective of American Deaf Culture. She has exhibited nationally with works in private collections, including Gallaudet University’s collection. In 2019, Weitzel was awarded one of six national Diversity & Leadership Fellowships by the Artist Community Alliance.
Free to the public with accessible accommodation, the Main Gallery at the Anderson Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This exhibit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through Operating Support & Creative Support for Individuals grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.