VSA Permanent Collection: New Insights and a New Home

What makes VSA’s permanent collection so fascinating? For starters, it has a little bit of everything from limited edition pop art lithographs to impressionist-style paintings, and even conference and political campaign posters. However, what makes the collection so unique are the works created by artists with disabilities, some formally trained, some self-taught. These pieces comprise the majority of the collection, and demonstrate the many ways in which visual arts act as a powerful outlet for sharing an individual’s perspective and vision, whether related to their experience with disability or not.

Pictured above: a Chuck Baird poster for Gallaudet University’s 2002 DeafwayII conference depicting artistic variations of American Sign Language, and Yashpal Chandrakar’s serigraph, Untitled, 1991.

Pictured above: a Chuck Baird poster for Gallaudet University’s 2002 Deaf Way II conference depicting artistic variations of American Sign Language, and Yashpal Chandrakar’s serigraph, Untitled, 1991.

Last month, our collection of over two hundred works of art was moved into its permanent home at the VSA archive, which is now located in the Watergate building across from the Kennedy Center. As we unpack and organize the collection we’ll be sure to highlight some of our treasures— many of which haven’t been displayed in years and deserve a moment to shine. Here’s a sneak peak, but stay tuned for more!

VSA Programs Coordinator Anne-Marie Walsh unpacks a ceramic mask entitled Femme a la Fontaine, 1991 by Maurice Tshany (left) and measures Hiro Yamagata’s serigraph Snow Celebration , n.d. (right).

VSA Programs Coordinator Anne-Marie Walsh unpacks a ceramic mask entitled Femme a la Fontaine, 1991 by Maurice Tshany (left) and measures Hiro Yamagata’s serigraph Snow Celebration , n.d. (right).

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