Chairs of Inclusion


In honor of the 10th anniversary of JSDD’s Wae Center, eleven life sized chairs were commissioned from professional artists, each of whom worked with the Center’s member artists to create a chair as an art/sculpture object.  The chairs represent our commitment/belief that every person is entitled to a “seat at the table”– in our community and our family lives. The goal of the project, shifting perceptions about people with developmental disabilities and broadening the public’s awareness of policies about inclusion, is fulfilled with each exhibit that has taken place .

Four of the chairs and “The Dialogue of Four Chairs” paintings
are still available for sale.

Take a peek at a short video of these artists at work with our members

View the full length video about the Chairs of Inclusion project

Lead Artists

ArtShare ArtistsSusanna Baker  |  Dan Fenelon  |  Tim Folzenlogen

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern | Ellen Hanauer  | Jennifer Levine  | Yvette Lucas

Mansa Mussa  | Stephen Schwartz | Gladys Barker Grauer  & Onnie Strother

Recent Exhibits:

November 8 – 29, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit in Asbury Park.
As a community-wide exhibition, the Chairs were individually displayed in various Downtown Asbury Park venues.

August 2 – 28, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, NJ 07040

July 12 – 29, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit at Wildflowers TOO! Gallery
506 Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ

March 31 – Apr. 31, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit at Alexander Kasser Theater
     Montclair State University, One Normal Avenue, Montclair NJ 07043

June 7-14, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
     68 Elm Street, Summit, New Jersey 07901

Dec. 20, 2014 – Feb. 1, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit at the Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960

November 9, 2014 – December 15, 2014 – Inaugural Exhibit Gaelen Gallery East
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, 760 Northfield Avenue West Orange, NJ 07052

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