Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer, and curator whose work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body. Lehrer’s work has been exhibited in venues including the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, the United Nations, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the Arnot Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Frye Museum, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the State of Illinois Museum. Awards include the 2016 3Arts MacDowell Fellowship in Writing, 2015 3Arts Residency Fellowship at the University of Illinois, and the 2014 Mellon Residency Fellowship at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. Lehrer’s writing and visual art have been featured in publications including Criptiques, Sex and Disability, TriQuarterly, Lesbian Art in America, and the Feminist Studies Journal. Lehrer is on faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is instructor in Medical Humanities at Northwestern University. A memoir in progress, Golem Girl Gets Lucky, has just been signed to the Regal Hoffman Agency, NYC.
Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2017
While race and gender are frequently examined in museum exhibitions, impairment is largely forgotten. When images are shown, they are often made by able-bodied artists who ignore lived realities of disability in favor of metaphor. I aim to bring bodies forward for their own sake, with intimacy and complexity.”