Plymouth Meeting Artist Wins Disability Futures Fellowship

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Carolyn Lazard, a Plymouth Meeting interdisciplinary artist, has been named one of the winners of the Disability Futures fellowship. Image via the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Carolyn Lazard, a Plymouth Meeting interdisciplinary artist, has been named one of the winners of the Disability Futures fellowship, writes Stephan Salisbury for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The fellowship is a new initiative from the Ford and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations that aims to increase the visibility of disabled artists nationwide. It consists of a $50,000 grant meant to support the work of each of the 20 fellows.

The 33-year-old Lazard was also among 75 artists selected for the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

The artist’s work that is currently exhibited at Whitney, named Extended Stay, consists of a wall-mounted television on a movable metal arm. Lazard persuaded the Whitney to link the mounted unit to cable television, which lets visitors sit on a bench and watch TV, much like patients waiting or undergoing procedures who cannot change a channel.

“It’s a video installation and a sculpture, and I’m making a piece that uses a hospital TV monitor and a hospital TV mount — the kinds of personal TVs you would find inside a chemotherapy infusion suite — and I’m having the museum wire itself for cable TV, and developing a program that will allow the TV to surf channels autonomously,” said Lazard.

Read more about Carolyn Lazard at The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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