Activism, Accessibility Through Art by Amanda Koehn – Article in Canvas Cleveland Magazine about the exhibition W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, and Disability at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

I’m honored that I’ve been featured prominently in the article in the 2022 Fall Issue of Canvas Cleveland Magazine about the special exhibition W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, and Disability beginning September 22, 2022 at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

An excerpt from the article reads:
Abstractly, his work reflects on experiences with chronic illness and physical pain. “I get to show it to the public, I get to express it, and I get to bring some joy and beauty into the world,” he says.

You can read the online version below.

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Curated by Megan Alves, marketing and program manager at AAWR and Mindy Tousley, executive director and chief curator of AAWR, this exhibition is very special because it features, including me, 9 amazing artists with either chronic illness or disability: Sarah Brown, Kristi Copez, Chappelle Letman Jr., MANDEM, Meg Matko, Arabella Proffer, Nate Puppets and Kate Snow.

The following is an excerpt from the AAWR about the exhibition:
This September, the Artists Archives is proud to present W/O Limits, an exhibition which exclusively features the work of artists experiencing chronic illness and/or disability. Curated by Megan Alves and Mindy Tousley, the remarkable show emphasizes accessibility and raises awareness while inspiring visitors with the art that people with chronic illnesses and disabilities create.

Screenshot of article featuring my rendering of the tactile 3d Printed Hash Symbol I created specially for the exhibition to be accessible to the visually impaired.
Advertisement for exhibition in the magazine.
Pictured is my work OCTOLUX I.

Winner in 4th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase

I’m pleased that my work “Hex Land III” was selected as one of the winners in the 4th round of the Artslant Prize in the Abstract category. Another Cleveland artist, Evie Zimmer, is a winner in the Painting category for her amazing painting “Gypsy”. Winners get art showcased in feature box on the ArtSlant home page. Below are screenshots.

About ArtSlant, their website says:

ArtSlant is a networking and content platform committed to providing a social perspective on art. Founded in Los Angeles in 2007 by the late Georgia Fee, ArtSlant aims to bridge the gaps between the art world, its media, and the community. home page screenshot with “Hex Land III” by Andrew Reach home page screenshot with “Gypsy” by Evie Zimmer
click here to see Evie Zimmer’s art on instagram

CAN Journal (Collective Arts Network) 2016 Fall Edition Cover

I’m honored that my work “There’s No Place To Hide” is on the cover of the 2016 fall issue of the CAN Journal. It’s a detail of the larger work. It ties into an article about University Hospitals Art Collection and Trudy Weisenberger, a co-recipient with Joanne Cohen of the 2010 Cleveland Arts Prize for her work at UH. Weisenberger started the collection in 1987 and nurtured it until her retirement in 2011. Tom Huck took over the reigns and is continuing to enhance and expand the collection. I am honored that Tom Huck chose this work to be in the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Special Thanks to the Michael Gill, executive editor, writer and editor of the journal and also Brittany Hudak and Joanne for the cover design. I’m also honored that the installation of this work was featured in CODA Magazine – Healing Art II issue, an online magazine of, a portal for the collaboration of design and art featuring public art installations. Click here to read more and see the installation.



Below are photos from the Fall Issue Launch Party at Canopy-Collective

CanJournal_2016_Fall-Issue_WilliamForester&BruceBaumwollfrom left: William E. Forester and my life partner Bruce Baumwoll
William Forester is an inspiration. He overcame a stroke that left him paralyzed and unable to speak and like me has become an artist.


CanJournal_2016_Fall-Issue_Gregory&LynneBreitensteinAliberti&MichaelGill From left: Gregory Aliberti, Lynne Breitenstein Aliberti and Michael Gill, executive editor, writer and editor of the journal


Lori Corso Forester

CanJournal_2016_Fall-Issue_BrittanyHudakBrittany Hudak – 4Walls


Erika Durham, owner of Canopy-Collective

UHRainbowBabies_TheresNoPlaceToHide1_xInstallation of “There’s No Place To Hide” at  Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital