Divided Portraits: Identity and Disability
By Hilary Cooper
Introduction by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, founder of Very Special Arts
Hilary Cooper is a portrait and landscape painter. She has done the portraits of New York Mayor Ed Koch and writers James Salter, Peter Mathiessen, and George Plimpton, among many others. She has shown her portraits at Here Arts Center in New York and the O. Kelly Anderson Gallery. Her landscapes and still lifes have appeared in various galleries in New York and around the country. Her work has also been seen in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Art News, Aspen Magazine and The Harvard Advocate. She lives in New York City and Lakeville Connecticut with her husband, the writer Chris Crowley.
Jean Kennedy Smith, who is contributing the introduction to Divided Portraits, is the founder of VSA arts. She was the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland from 1993 to 1998. She has received numerous awards for her many contributions to the issue of disabilities, including the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service from the American Institutes for Public Service, the Margaret Mead Humanitarian Award from the Council of Cerebral Palsy Auxiliaries, and the 1997 Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award. She has four children.
Roxana Robinson is the author of three novels: Sweetwater (2003), This Is My Daughter, (1998) and Summer Light (1988); two short story collections A Glimpse of Scarlet, (1991) Asking for Love, (1996) and the biography Georgia O`Keeffe: A Life, (1989) as well as A Perfect Stranger. Four of these were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
VSA Arts (Very Special Arts) is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy, the arts. It provides educators, parents, and artists with the resources and tools to support arts programming in schools and communities, and promotes increased access to the arts for people with disabilities. Each year, millions of people participate in VSA arts programs through a nationwide network of affiliates and in more than sixty countries around the world. VSA arts is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Please visit vsarts.org for more information.