Brilliant and Resilient Portraits on Exhibit Summer 2017

Three portraits of women: a woman in profile in black and white; a woman holding sign for "I Love You" and wearing colorful garment; a woman making victorious gesture
Oregon's Eugene/Springfield community played a significant role in developing the leadership capacity of hundreds of disabled women from around the world. An exhibit coming to the University of Oregon campus provides an intimate glimpse into some of their stories.
June 10, 2017 - August 27, 2017

This summer, the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) in Eugene, Oregon will exhibit "Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists."

The Brilliant and Resilient photo exhibit features a collection of professional images by world-renowned photographers and personal stories of an unparalleled group of women representing a variety of cultures, countries and disabilities. All are alumni of MIUSA's Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD). These emerging and established leaders have used determination, drive, and resilience to confront discrimination and make unique contributions in their communities and in the world.

The exhibit is photographed by Brian Lanker, Darcy Kiefel, and Paola Gianturco. View the slideshow at the bottom of this page for a glimpse of select portraits.

View the Exhibit

View the portraits on exhibit at the JSMA's Education Corridor Galleries from June 10 - August 27, 2017. For museum hours and admission fees, please visit the JSMA website.

Attend the Reception

Supporters and community members are invited to attend a free public reception at the museum on the evening of Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 5:30 - 7pm. To RSVP, please click here.

MIUSA CEO and co-founder Susan Sygall as well as Suz Dunn, WILD Program Manager, will speak at the event to comment on the local and global impact of disabled women activists from around the world.

The venue is wheelchair-accessible and sign language interpretation will be provided during the reception.

Make a donation to MIUSA in celebration of the exhibit launch. Your contribution supports change-making programs such as WILD.

Sponsors and Supporters

MIUSA appreciates the generous support for the exhibit reception from the following community members and businesses:

Emerald Sponsor:

University of Oregon Division of Equity and Inclusion

UO Division of Equity and Inclusion logo

Gold Sponsor:

Wells Fargo


Silver Sponsor:

Isler CPA


Community Sponsors:

TBG Architects + Planners

Cappelli Miles


Thanks also to:

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Sterling Graphics, Inc.

Full City Café

Wildtime Foods

Interested in sponsoring the event? Request sponsorship levels and details here.

Learn more about Brilliant and Resilient and how to host the exhibit at your venue.

Event location: 

Eugene, Oregon

Photo Gallery: