University of New England - Innovation for a Healthier Planet

Light and Shadow: Motherhood, Creativity, and the Discourse of Ability

Opening reception for Light and Shadow

May 31, 2024

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Biddeford Campus Art Gallery

Including the work of five artists and text by art historian Virginia Rose, “Light and Shadow” highlights the creative practices of artists who are also mothers of children with developmental or physical differences. The exhibit focuses on creative processes as part of the family dynamic, specifically related to women’s experiences as artist-parents, in the context of a conversation around (dis)ability. Work in the exhibit reflects the practice of each artist in a wide creative sense; without always directly referring to family, creative work is by necessity a reflection of an artist’s life as a whole. “Light and Shadow” is a way to honor families, mothers, artists, and creative practice. Presented in cooperation with the UNE School of Education, in recognition of UNE’s new MSEd-SE.  

Exhibit runs from May 31-October 20, 2024

Artists include Alicia Ethridge, Jodi Ferry, Amelia Garretson-Persans, Celeste Henriquez, and Cozette Russell.