Photography by Brian Charles Steel, a fine art photographer and disability activist, will be exhibited from Aug. 22 through Sept. 23 at the University of Findlay’s Lea Gallery in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion.
The Cleveland, Tennessee-based artist is best know for his black and white portrait series “Impaired Perceptions,” which empowers people with physical impairments by encouraging individualization. His photography and writing have been featured on CNN and Disability Horizons. He travels the country exhibiting his work and speaking about ableism, a term that means discrimination in favor of able-bodied people. He has also been the official photographer for the Who’s Who in Asian America Communities Leaders and Legends Awards from 2009 to 2012, has lectured about food photography, and curated a portrait series titled Inside the Outsider for Mason Murer Fine Art as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.
Steel graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a master of fine arts in photography. As photo editor for The Connector, the college’s Atlanta branch student newspaper, he won numerous awards from organizations such as the Georgia College Press Association and the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
For more information on Steel and his work, visit http://www.briancharlessteelphotography.com/biography.html
A reception with the artist will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Lea Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. All of its exhibitions are free and open to the public.