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Artwork of 18 Deaf Artists featured in the new textbook


Along with Nancy Rouke’s vibrant expressionist artwork on the cover of the new textbook, Introduction to American Deaf Culture, 17 other Deaf artists’ works are also prominently featured throughout the book.  They include:  Iris Aranda (Two People and a Hand), Chuck Baird (Tyger, Tyger), David Call (Awakening), Matt Daigle (That Deaf Guy:  Poop), Susan Dupor (The Family Dog), Maureen Klusza (The Greatest Irony), Leon Lim (Killing My Deafness), Tony “Mac” Gregor (A Tribute to ‘Fingershell’ painting by Chuck Baird), Betty Miller (Ameslan Prohibited), Warren Miller (Embrace), Mary Rappazzo (Celebrating Deaf Culture), Roy Ricci (Two Eyes), Shawn Richardson (Terp Remote Control), Ann Silver (A Century of Difference), Scott Upton (Butterfly), Mar Valdez (Set Me Free), and Larry Yanez (I Love You).  While some of these works are well known to the Deaf community, others are relatively new.   Each chapter begins with one of these art pieces, corresponding to the subject being discussed.

Oxford just posted on their website, Introduction to American Deaf Culture’s official page, with ordering information. It will be released October, 2012.


New Release Date for Introduction to American Deaf Culture

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Just heard from my editor at Oxford University Press and October is now the new release date for the textbook, Introduction to American Deaf Culture, which will be just in time for instructors to place orders for their spring semester Deaf culture classes.  The work has begun on the book’s cover, which will feature one of Nancy Rourke’s expressionist paintings.  Nancy Rourke is emerging as one of the most dynamic contemporary Deaf artists. Her work illustrates the Deafhood journey in which many Deaf people embark on a search for a comfortable identity.  She also features illustrations of well-known figures in the Deaf community in her artwork.  To view her work, check out her website at