Deaf View Image Art (De'VIA) collection

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

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Collection Overview
Historical Information for De'VIA
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Deaf View Image Art (De'VIA) collection
Inclusive Date(s)
2008, 2009, 2012
Deaf View Image Art (De'VIA) collection contains a poster, exhibit and auction programs from various De'VIA events held during 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014. As well as Gallery Guides from Deaf Artists' exhibits from 1993, 1995, and 1999.
0.25 Linear feet (1 doc box)
Dimensions note
The poster measures 18 x 7.5 inches.
Reading Room Poster Drawer 31 - poster; C.S. North, Shelf 225 - paper records
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Historical Information for De'VIA (Collapse)

The De'VIA manifesto reads: Deaf View Image Arts (De’VIA) represents Deaf artists and perceptions based on their Deaf experiences. It uses formal art elements with the intention of expressing innate cultural or physical Deaf experience. These experiences may include Deaf metaphors, Deaf perspectives, and Deaf insight in relationship with the environment (both the natural world and Deaf cultural environment), spiritual and everyday life.

De'VIA can be identified by formal elements such as Deaf artists' possible tendency to use contrasting colors and values, intense colors, contrasting textures. It may also most often include a centralized focus, with exaggeration or emphasis on facial features, especially eyes, mouths, ears, and hands. Currently, Deaf artists tend to work in human scale with these exaggerations, and not exaggerate the space around these elements.

There is a difference between Deaf artists and De'VIA. Deaf artists are those who use art in any form, media, or subject matter, and who are held to the same artistic standards as other artists. De'VIA is created when the artist intends to express their Deaf experience through visual art. De'VIA may also be created by deafened or hearing artists, if the intention is to create work that is born of their Deaf experience (a possible example would be a hearing child of Deaf parents). It is clearly possible for Deaf artists not to work in the area of De'VIA.

The eight original signatories in 1989 were: Dr. Betty G. Miller, painter; Dr. Paul Johnston, sculptor; Dr. Deborah M. Sonnenstrahl, art historian; Chuck Baird, painter; Guy Wonder, sculptor; Alex Wilhite, painter; Sandi Inches Vasnick, fiber artist; Nancy Creighton, fiber artist; and Lai-Yok Ho, video artist.

Roz Rosen is the Director of the National Center on Deafness at the California State University at Northridge.

Patti Durr is an associate professor of social sciences and deaf studies in NTID's cultural and creative studies department.

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The De'Via Art collection contains a poster and programs advertising De'Via exhibits, art auctions and award programs from 2008, 2009, and 2012 held at the National Center on Deafness at California State University at Northridge (CSUN). As well as gallery guides from various De'VIA exhibits. A poster announcing a De'VIA exhibit at Woodbury Art Museum in Orem, Utah is also included.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

This collection is arranged by type and chronological order.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Durr, Patricia
  • Rosen, Roz
  • Schertz, Brenda

Corporate Name(s)

  • Deaf View Image Art. De'VIA.


  • Deaf -- Associations, institutions, etc.
  • Deaf artists


  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Posters
  • Programs (documents)

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Information for Researchers (Collapse)

Preferred Citation

Deaf View Image Art (De'VIA) collection, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Accession Information

Accession number(s): 2012:033; 2014:035: 2014:066; 2014:091

Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive in March 2014 by Ros Rozen and Patti Durr. Additions to the collection were donated by Brenda Schertz in July 2014.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in April 2014.

Revision Description

 Lisa Witt added Brenda Schertz items 14 August 2014

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