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Mary Dignan mosaic

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITDSA-0128

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one mosiac titled Rainbow Ghost by Deaf artist Mary Dignan. Rainbow Ghost is a self-portrait. The artist states about the work,

As I continue to lose my eyesight, I strive for insight and grace. The ghost in the rainbow is the one who searches for all those inner colors, the one who sees through the inner eye.


  • Creation: 2014


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Dignan was born with moderate to severe hearing loss, but her deafness was not diagnosed until she was almost 5 years old.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1976, and embarked upon a career that included newspaper reporting, legislative work for the U.S. House of Representatives and the California State Assembly Committee on Agriculture, public relations and governmental liaison work with one of California's largest and most complex water agencies, and her own consulting business in the field of water and natural resources management policy. In 1990, a year after she was certified legally blind, she started law school. In 1994, she earned her juris doctorate with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, was admitted to the California State Bar, and began practicing water and natural resources law with the Sacramento firm of Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard. In 1997, she discovered she had a brain tumor and underwent surgery to remove it. The tumor and the surgery exacerbated and complicated her vision and hearing losses, and she has not practiced law since.

Instead, she practices healing and art and has a lot more fun. After ten years of increasing deafness, she received a cochlear implant in 2008 and is delighted to be back in the hearing world again. In addition to her art, she focuses her energy on writing, public speaking, enjoying her dream kitchen, and community volunteer work. Her community service record includes six years (including terms as chair and vice-chair) on the Disability Advisory Committee to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors; nine years with Spirit in the Arts, a joint community outreach project of Bread of Life (including two years as a member of the board of directors) and is presently serving on the board of the local Sacramento chapter of Foundation Fighting Blindness.


2 Linear Feet (1 flat box)




The collection consists of a mosaic created by Deaf artist Mary Dignan.


The collection consists of one item.

Physical Location

RIT Art Collection - Mosaic is currently installed in the window on the 1st floor of The Wallace Center, outside of the RADSCC.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The mosaic was purchased by NTID Librarian Joan Naturale in January 2015. Accession number(s): 2015:009

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lisa Witt in February 2015.

Mary Dignan mosaic
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Lisa Witt
18 February 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA