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Art Show: The Chair Is Not Me

Arts and Entertainment


January 14, 2020 - February 29, 2020


8:00 AM - 12:00 AM


First Bank & Trust Gallery - Karl E. Mundt Library


“The Chair Is Not Me," written by "JJ," James Janis is a collection of twenty-one poems about life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual. Eleven of his poems are accompanied by mixed media illustrations by ten artists of diverse abilities and cultures.

The collection seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

The Chair Is Not Me Art Show
Dakota State University
First Bank & Trust Gallery
Karl E. Mundt Library
January 14 - February 28, 2020

Open Seven Days a Week

FREE Admission
Sponsored by:
National Endowment For Humanities and The Perfect Hanging Gallery

JJ grew up between the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Rapid City, South Dakota. Born with cerebral palsy, complicated with several other conditions, he was only expected to live 12 hours, but 60 years later he is still here! Writing is one of the things that sets JJ free from his disabilities and allows him to escape.