Artist’s Talk with Justin Cooper and Genevieve Nutley


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Artist’s Talk with Justin Cooper and Genevieve Nutley

May 8, 2021 @ 2:00 PM 4:00 PM

Join us for a discussion and Q & A with Justin and Genevieve, DCAL’s 2020-21 Junior Artists in Residence. Chicago-based artists Justin and Genevieve will reflect on their artistic work, creative journey, and activism! 

Access Information: We will be providing ASL and CART for this event.

This is a free, virtual event. To attend, please RSVP here.

Questions? Please contact Johanna Tesfaye at

Artist Bios:

Justin Cooper is a black filmmaker, artist and disability advocate who has been working in art and film professionally since 2012. The lack of media representation amongst people with disabilities motivated him to work on his own documentary film called The Wheelchair Chronicles. Justin is currently the president of Access Living’s Young Professionals Council, the Head Marshal of the annual Chicago Disability Pride Parade and does advocacy work for Advance Your Leadership Power (racial/social justice advocacy group at Access Living), and the Chicago Disability Activism Collective (CDAC). In March of 2018, Justin founded his own media company called Cooper Industries. This company focuses on his filmmaking, film production, and photography work.

Genevieve Nutley is inspired by the beauty of the world, including the positivity and love around her which she holds dear in her heart. Her art incorporates Genevieve’s attraction to bright colors of acrylics along with themes of femininity and empowerment. She paints many self-portraits with surreal and abstract themes. Every new self-portrait is a chance to recreate herself from the lessons she learns from life. The personal is political. Genevieve feels it is her job in the world to share the beauty that she sees in others and the world through her art. She hopes to evoke beauty and emotion, where viewers can feel and appreciate her voice through her visual works on canvas. Genevieve is an active member of the Empowered Fe Fes and Advance Your Leadership Power groups.

This event is brought to you by the Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL), a joint project of Access Living and the department of art therapy and counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL) is housed under the department of art therapy and counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. DCAL is a platform for creative advocacy projects and disability allyship training. In partnership with Access Living’s Arts and Culture Project, DCAL provides teaching and hands-on learning through disability justice–a framework that examines disability in connection to other forms of oppressions and identities. Using a peer support and collective care model, disability community members and art therapy graduate students collaborate as disability culture makers for social change.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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