ASL Tour: Art and Social Change

September 7, 2021
7 pm CDT

ASL, closed captioned

Join artist and educator Meridith Gray Green for an American Sign Language tour on Zoom in conjunction with the 2021 Deaf Visual Arts Festival. Green will share and discuss artworks from the collection in a range of mediums, by artists whose work brings attention to social, political, and environmental issues. The tour will be centered on the site-specific mural Stacking Traumas by Deaf artist Christine Sun Kim. The mural identifies frustrations, obstacles, and stigmas attached to deafness while also promoting awareness and accountability from the artist’s perspective as part of the Deaf community.

In this virtual tour, participants will view images of the artworks from the Kemper Art Museum collection and special exhibitions through screen sharing and may share observations and questions. The hour-long tour is free, but registration is required.

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About the speaker

Meridith Gray Green is a Deaf and hard-of-hearing artist, interpreter, and educator. She grew up in mid-Missouri in a large college town. After graduating from Columbia College with a degree in drawing and painting, she continued to earn interpreter certification and a master of arts in teaching. Her graduate thesis centered on language assessment in early childhood Deaf education. Green has always had a passion for working within the community, especially with children. She has worked in educational institutions from preschool to graduate school, and frequently volunteers her time and talents within the Deaf community. You can find her interpreting bawdy pirate songs at the Renaissance faire, teaching art to Deaf youth at a summer camp, or collaborating with other artists at a music festival.


This virtual tour is a collaboration with the Deaf Visual Arts Festival. Support for this program is provided by DEAF, Inc. and the Missouri Arts Council.

Image credits

Meridith Gray Green; installation view of Christine Sun Kim: Stacking Traumas at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 2021–22. Courtesy of the artist; François Ghebaly, Los Angeles; and White Space, Beijing. © Christine Sun Kim. Photo by Alise O’Brien Photography.