Assistant Professor Sandie Yi Awarded Disability Futures Fellowship 

Assistant Professor Sandie Yi Awarded Disability Futures Fellowship 

Assistant Professor Sandie Yi Awarded Disability Futures Fellowship 

A painted portrait of Assitant Professor Chun-Shan Sandie Yi, a woman with dark, straight hair and brown eyes. She rests her hands on her face, and each of her hands have two fingers. Yi is painted in front of a green background with red, abstract shapes.

A painted portrait of Assistant Professor Sandie Yi by artist Irina Zadov. Image courtesy of the Ford Foundation.

A painted portrait of Assistant Professor Sandie Yi by artist Irina Zadov. Image courtesy of the Ford Foundation.

Assistant Professor Sandie Yi (BFA 2005, MA 2005) was recently announced as a 2022 recipient of the Disability Futures Fellowship, created by the Ford Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. As a 2022 Disability Futures Fellow, Yi will receive $50,000 in unrestricted funds in support of “disabled creatives across disciplines and geography.” The Disability Futures Fellowship is currently the only national, multidisciplinary award for disabled creative practitioners, and each recipient is nominated by fellow disabled practitioners. Past SAIC fellows include Sky Cubacub (BFA 2015), Perel (MFA 2011), and Assistant Professor, Adj. Riva Lehrer (SAIC 1993–95).

Contributing to disability culture as an artist and an academic, Yi’s practice revolves around disability art and culture and access pedagogy from the perspective of her identity as a disabled artist. She is the creator of Crip Couture, a wearable art project that focuses on representing disabled bodies and disability culture through fashion, and she is the arts and culture project coordinator at the Disability Culture Activism Lab, a platform for creative advocacy projects and disability allyship training.


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