Smithsonian and VSA


Revealing Culture Exhibit at the Smithsonian Institutes International Gallery and the Kennedy Center in 2010 produced by VSA, an international organization on arts and disability. The multi-sensory exhibit designed by Michael Graves & Associates/Michael Graves Design Group featured more than 130 works.


The unprecedented juried exhibit explored how culture positions people with disabilities. It turns back a mirror on society, revealing honest portrayals of personal experiences. The exhibit was part of the larger 2010 International VSA Festival held in Washington, DC. The Festival is the largest to celebrate arts and disability in the world.

How Hargrove Helped?

Within three weeks Hargrove fabricated and installed the compelling design created by the legendary architect Michael Graves and his team of talented staff. The ADA-sensitive exhibit featured generous room for wheelchairs, floor-level lighting, lowered art placement and clean graphics for an overall effect of calm and openness.

Why It’s a Great Experience

VSA was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities. The festival, including the Revealing Culture Exhibit, is an opportunity for artists with disabilities to showcase their work and life experiences.

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