Over the past two years, inspired by a nationwide movement to include people with developmental disabilities in contemporary art, Fairbanks Resource Agency (FRA) has provided self-taught artists time, space and resources to create art. This innovative and progressive art program is relatively young and small compared to similar programs down south, but it has already begun to produce fascinating and excellent creative voices. Interior Visions: Selections from FRA’s New Progressive Art Projects serves as an example of what a progressive art studio for artists with developmental disabilities could bring to our community. The show is curated by Phoebe Gonzales Rohrbacher, who joined FRA’s art program at the Discovery Center, under the supervision of Lisa Sawyer.
Phoebe Gonzales Rohrbacher facilitates the art program at Fairbanks Resource Agency, which she and Lisa Sawyer co-created and have been developing. Rohrbacher has exhibited in solo exhibits in Juneau, as well as group exhibits in Seattle and NYC. She was a recipient of a 2010 Rasmuson Individual Artist Award, and a 2007 Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Grant. Since 2008, she has worked in various capacities with individuals who have developmental disabilities. Before coming to FRA, she worked as an art facilitator at the Canvas, an integrated art studio in Juneau, Alaska.