Introduction to Artwork by Deaf Artists
For this guide, artwork is defined as paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs by Deaf and Hard of Hearing artists. Included are some of the earliest Deaf artists all the way up to the contemporary De' VIA perspective. Some may be famous throughout the world or merely known within the Deaf community, but all are of equal historical importance.
NOTE: Using the keyword term ART or ARTISTS often includes or refers to the performing arts. The researcher will need to identify these two separate topics.
Reference librarians and the Deaf Collections & Archives staff are available for assistance.
Identifying Deaf Artists
Identifying deaf artists: There is not one single list compiled of deaf artists. Several resources will need to be used to identify a majority of them. The following resources are suggested:
- Sonnenstrahl, Deborah M. Deaf artists in America: colonial to contemporary. San Diego, CA: DawnSignPress, 2002. (Deaf Stacks 709.24 S66d 2002)
- Folchi, A. & Rosseti, R. Il Colore del silenzio: dizionario biografico internationale degli artisti sordi. Milano: Electa, 2007. (Deaf Copy 1 Room/ 709 C656 2007) Italian text. See record in ALADIN Catalog for biographical list.
- Van Cleve, John (editor) Gallaudet encyclopedia of deaf people and deafness. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1987. (Deaf Stacks 030 G3 1987 and Electronic resource via ALADIN Catalog)
Library Catalog: search by using keyword term DEAF ARTISTS.
Gallaudet University Guide to Deaf Biographies: search by occupation-- artist, sculptor, etc. (In Electronic resources)
Browsing the stacks: You can browse the Deaf Stacks and Deaf DVD or Deaf VHS shelves on the Library's first floor. Two basic call numbers are the 709s and 759s. For best results use the above resources.