VSA Minnesota displays artwork by Minnesota artists with disabilities in a variety of locations. Some exhibits feature one artist, while other exhibits include the work of many artists. In some instances their disability directly influences their art; in other cases their disability has little or no effect on their work. In all instances, the artists are chosen because of the excellence of their work and their continuing dedication to their art form.
Our goal is to encourage these artists by giving them a place to exhibit and sell their artwork while increasing awareness within the general population about the creativity and talent of people with disabilities. Artworks displayed are for sale and all profits go to the working artist.
One long-standing art venue for VSA Minnesota is Vision Loss Resources, Inc. in Minneapolis. Its mission is to assist people who are blind or visually impaired in achieving their full potential and to enrich the lives of all persons affected by blindness or vision loss. Their offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
To be considered for future VSA Minnesota art exhibits, contact exhibit coordinator Halle O’Falvey at 612-332-3888, ext. 4, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested artists can also review and complete the Exhibiting Artwork Guidelines & Form and submit to VSA Minnesota.
Showing August to December, 2018
Vision Loss Resources
1936 Lyndale Ave. S.
(at Franklin Avenue)
This exhibit, part of a series coordinated by VSA Minnesota, features the artwork of Ken Dobratz of Bloomington. The paintings represent a new beginning for Ken, who lost his sight 13 years ago to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Like many fellow Veterans who experience life-altering events due to injury or illness, he passed through a period of mourning, anger and eventually acceptance before he could move forward. “When I crawled out of the rabbit hole,” Ken says, “with the help of the Mental Health department at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, I decided to make an attempt to train myself to paint with the little sight I was left with. Though I am not able to fully appreciate my paintings as a sighted person, I have a monocular (7X power) that allows me to see my paintings in detail. My goal in showing my art is to let my fellow Veterans around the world understand that life can take you on a different path but the sun still shines bright on all of us. I am inspired by nature and strive to capture the beauty of nature in my paintings.” Now 72, Ken’s vision is 700/1000, with no vision in his right eye and about 5% in the left eye. His paintings include birds, wildlife, and horsemen in a steeplechase race.