The Hunter Museum of American Art has announced an exhibit highlighting art from 15 emerging young artists across the United States.

Each of the featured artists-ranging in age from 16 to 25-is living with disabilities.

“(RE)Invention” will open Friday. It will be available through May 21.

The exhibit is the 15th presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It is part of the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program.

Artist Kate Pincus-Whitney will speak at the opening reception Thursday. (Photo: Contributed)

Artists offer work that explores what it means to have a disability and yet resist being defined solely by it.

An opening reception will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. at the museum. Artist Kate Pincus-Whitney will be at the event. She will speak on how making art can help those with a disability question societal perceptions and expectations, as well as discover a profound sense of self.

Pincus-Whitney is a 2016 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. A self-described “artist anthropologist,” her art is informed by her experience of navigating the world with dyslexia and stereoblindness. Female forms, table scenes, food, pattern, color, and abstracted and misspelled words are recurring motifs in her work.

Click here for a full list of participating artists.

From a release about the show:

Each artist presents a unique story through works that range from bold self-portraits to whimsical animation to soft sculpture. Rather than allowing their disabilities to label them, the artists in this exhibition produce work that embodies the theme of reinvention, redefinition and remaking. Each artist uses art to consider such identity-based topics as fragility, intimacy, isolation, race, gender and the body.

With this traveling exhibition, we aim to give visibility to the work of artists with disabilities throughout the United States, positioning them to broaden our understanding of disability and the arts and to create new contexts. These 15 artists give us examples of how art can be used to rewrite a personal narrative. They are present in their community and in the world, and are motivated to use their creativity to send a strong message of inclusion and unity in the arts.

The Hunter Museum of American Art is open every day. Admission is $15 for adults.

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“(RE)Invention” is presented through sponsorship from Volkswagen.