Beyond the Scar: A Portraiture Project


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Beyond the Scar: A Portraiture Project

November 2, 2023 @ 4:30 PM 6:30 PM

410 South Michigan Ave, Suite 419
Chicago, IL 60605
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White text on a pink ribbon that cuts through the center. Text reads Beyond the Scar: A Portraiture Series. Background image is a closeup on the face of a gray stone sculpture. The face has significant imperfections and damage to the temple and cheek.

Access Living is looking for models to pose for “Beyond the Scar”, a portraiture project facilitated by disabled artist, art therapy intern, B Randolph (they/them). We are seeking models who would like to include their portrait & stories in Access Living’s Disability Portraiture Project archive. If you are someone with apparent scars and have lived experiences of disability, please join us!

Who can participate?

Are you someone with apparent scars?

Do you self-identify as someone with disabilities, chronic illness or who are Deaf or neurodivergent?

If this sounds like you, then you may be eligible to model for the Beyond the Scar: A Portraiture Project! 

RSVP required. One person per time slot.

What can models expect?

  • Models are invited to share as many personal scar stories as they wish. 
  • Models will sit for a portrait and have full control of their portrait.
  • Models will receive a portrait of themselves at the end of the project.
  • Models will receive transportation stipend (PACE vouchers)
  • For models who can commit to 5 sessions, a $300 stipend will be provided. 

About the Facilitator

Brian “B” Randolph (they/them) is an art therapy graduate student from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Brian specializes in portraiture, drawing the human form, and the writing/drawing of comics. B is working with their supervisor, disabled artist and art therapist, Sandie Yi, to create disability culture and art at Access Living this year.

Please contact B at or (312) 640-2100 with questions and concerns.

Beyond the Scar: Portraiture Project dates

All times will be from 4:30pm-6:30pm

Tuesdays, Oct. 10th, Oct. 17th, Oct. 24th, Oct. 31st, Nov. 7th, Nov. 14th, Nov. 28th, Dec. 5th, Dec. 12th

Thursdays, Oct. 19th, Oct. 26th, Nov. 2nd, Nov. 9th, Nov. 16th, Nov. 30th, Dec. 7th

Access Information

Press Here is on the 4th floor in the Fine Arts Building. It is accessible by elevator. A wheelchair accessible restroom is available. Please request ASL interpretation and identify any access needs when signing up for a session.

Beyond the Scar: Portraiture Project Sponsor information

Beyond the Scar: Portraiture Project is brought to you by the Arts and Culture Project at Access Living, Bodies of Work: Network of Disability Art and Culture, and the Disability Culture Activism Lab (DCAL).

DCAL, a teaching lab housed under the department of art therapy and counseling at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a platform for creative disability art and advocacy projects, DCAL uses a peer support and collective care model in which disability community members from Access Living and art therapy graduate students collaborate as disability culture makers for social change.

Bodies of Work is a part of the Department of Disability and Human Development within the College of Applied Health Sciences at University of Illinois-Chicago.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Shirley Ryan Abilities Lab. The contents of this project were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RTCP0005). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this project do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.