Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Aurora Berger

Based in rural Vermont, Aurora holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design before transferring to Prescott College where she completed her BFA and a BA in Art Education. She works primarily with photographic mediums.

Working within the frameworks of capacity and disability, I use photographs to examine and reclaim my own identity. As a physically and visually disabled artist, my work is a reflection of how I see the world. Cumulatively, my work creates an expansive self-portrait. Some images are literal–photographs of my physical body, pictures of my life. Others build on environmental cues that place the viewer in my position through fragmented imagery and visual confrontation. The works investigate the concepts of normalcy, disability, agency, visual acuity, and interpretation. My work is about existing in the body that I have, in the life that I am living. It is about inhabiting spaces, perceiving surroundings, and above all, the process of survival.

Contact Information

First Name: 
Aurora
Job Title/Position: 
Photographer and Educator
Mailing Address: 
PO BOX 156
POST MILLS, VT 05058
Physical Address: 
Strafford, VT 05075
Last Name: 
Berger
Phone: 
8022991584

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Multi-Disciplinary
Visual/Crafts - General
Populations Served: 
Adults
LGBTQ Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Portfolio Review
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Social Media Services
Theater Technical Production
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
College Art Association
Education: 
Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art, Claremont Graduate University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Art, Prescott College
Bachelor of Arts, Art Education, Prescott College
Awards: 
Award of Excellence - VSA Emerging Young Artists Program Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
Joseph Sonneman Photography Prize School of Arts, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Alfred B. Friedman Grant School of Arts & Humanities, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
As a disabled artist and disability advocate, all of my work is in the service of dismantling institutional ableism. I will do everything that I can to ensure access for all involved.

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - Health
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Certifications / Training: 
Certificate in Teaching for Higher Education, Claremont Graduate University