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Brilliant and Resilient Portraits on Exhibit Summer 2017


Oregon’s Eugene/Springfield community played a significant role in developing the leadership capacity of hundreds of disabled women from around the world. An exhibition at the University of Oregon campus provides an intimate glimpse into some of their stories.

This summer, the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) in Eugene, Oregon exhibits “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.

Community Reception

Supporters and community members attended a free public reception at the museum on the evening of Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

MIUSA CEO and co-founder Susan Sygall as well as Suz Dunn, WILD Program Manager, spoke at the event to comment on the origins of the photo exhibit and the ongoing impact of the WILD program. Guest presenter Dr. Alex-Assensoh, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Oregon, delivered remarks on the need to recognize the accomplishments of disabled women activists.

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

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Gold Sponsor:

Wells Fargo

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Silver Sponsor:

Isler CPA

Bronze Sponsor:

Revolution Design Group

Community Sponsors:

TBG Architects + Planners

Cappelli Miles

Thanks also to:

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Sterling Graphics, Inc.

Full City Café

Wildtime Foods

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