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Deaf View Image Art (De'VIA) collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0104

Scope and Contents

The De'VIA Art collection contains a poster and programs advertising De'Via exhibits, art auctions and award programs from 2008, 2009, and 2012 held at the National Center on Deafness at California State University at Northridge (CSUN), as well as gallery guides from various De'VIA exhibits. A poster announcing a De'VIA exhibit at Woodbury Art Museum in Orem, Utah is also included.

For more information about De'VIA; vist the website at: or


  • Creation: 2008, 2009, 2012

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: De'VIA

The De'VIA manifesto reads: Deaf View Image Arts (De’VIA) represents Deaf artists and perceptions based on their Deaf experiences. It uses formal art elements with the intention of expressing innate cultural or physical Deaf experience. These experiences may include Deaf metaphors, Deaf perspectives, and Deaf insight in relationship with the environment (both the natural world and Deaf cultural environment), spiritual and everyday life.

De'VIA can be identified by formal elements such as Deaf artists' possible tendency to use contrasting colors and values, intense colors, contrasting textures. It may also most often include a centralized focus, with exaggeration or emphasis on facial features, especially eyes, mouths, ears, and hands. Currently, Deaf artists tend to work in human scale with these exaggerations, and not exaggerate the space around these elements.

There is a difference between Deaf artists and De'VIA. Deaf artists are those who use art in any form, media, or subject matter, and who are held to the same artistic standards as other artists. De'VIA is created when the artist intends to express their Deaf experience through visual art. De'VIA may also be created by deafened or hearing artists, if the intention is to create work that is born of their Deaf experience (a possible example would be a hearing child of Deaf parents). It is clearly possible for Deaf artists not to work in the area of De'VIA.

The eight original signatories in 1989 were: Dr. Betty G. Miller, painter; Dr. Paul Johnston, sculptor; Dr. Deborah M. Sonnenstrahl, art historian; Chuck Baird, painter; Guy Wonder, sculptor; Alex Wilhite, painter; Sandi Inches Vasnick, fiber artist; Nancy Creighton, fiber artist; and Lai-Yok Ho, video artist.

Roz Rosen is the Director of the National Center on Deafness at the California State University at Northridge.

Patti Durr is an associate professor of social sciences and deaf studies in NTID's cultural and creative studies department.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 half document box)




Deaf View Image Art (De'VIA) collection contains a poster, exhibit and auction programs from various De'VIA events held during 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014, as well as Gallery Guides from Deaf Artists' exhibits from 1993, 1995, and 1999.


This collection is arranged by type and chronological order.

Physical Location

Reading Room Poster Drawer 31 - poster;

C.S. North, Shelf 225 - paper records

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive in March 2014 by Ros Rozen and Patti Durr. Additions to the collection were donated by Brenda Schertz in July 2014.

Accession number(s): 2012:033; 2014:035: 2014:066; 2014:091


The poster measures 18 x 7.5 inches.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in April 2014.



Deaf View Image Art (De'VIA) collection
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Lisa Witt
02 April 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA