Jeff Kasper


Jeff Kasper’s work has been exhibited and presented as part of public programs internationally, at The 8th Floor, Dedalus Foundation, New York University Gallatin Galleries, EFA Project Space, the 26th International Graphic Design Biennial Brno (Czech Republic), Okno Gallery, (Russia), The International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture at the University of Giessen, (Germany), The James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center, Queens Museum, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at The New School, Bronx River Art Center, and the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College.

Residencies & Awards

Kasper was recently awarded the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space SHIFT Residency (2017-18), Art Beyond Sight’s Art & Disability Residency (2018-19) and a Community Engaged Artist Residency at Downtown Art (2019).

In 2017, he was selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Disability Arts NYC Task Force training for cultural leaders working to promote the practice and policy of disability artistry. He continues that work today by advocating for integration of disability aesthetics in foundational design and studio arts pedagogy, and increasing institutional access and commissioning opportunities for disabled artists in non-profit arts organizations.

Lectures & Teaching

He has lectured and led workshops at the MoMA Department of Education, Cooper Union, Brooklyn Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology, School of Visual Arts, New York Hall of Science, The New School, and the School at the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

In 2018, he served as a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program in Social Practice and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, Department of Fine Arts.

Curatorial Projects

In 2017-2018 Kasper was named Public Programming Fellow at CUE Art Foundation where he curated the multi-part series Access/Points: Approaches to Disability Arts

Arts Organizing & Public Engagement

From 2015-2019, Kasper served as the Director of Engagement at More Art where he supported the strategic development and design facilitation of long-term public art initiatives while leading a fellowship program for early-career socially-engaged artists in New York City.

In addition to working with numerous organizations focused on community arts, urban planning, and civic engagement over the last decade, Kasper co-founded Civic Art Lab with Laura Scherling and the collaborative GREENSPACENYC, as an annual volunteer-run community space in NYC for artists, environmental advocates, and neighbors to experiment, build, discuss and present homegrown sustainability initiatives happening locally.

Publications & Conferences

Kasper was a contributor to Art as Social Action: An Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art (Skyhorse, 2018) the first comprehensive textbook for the field of socially-engaged art. His work was recently featured in a  study of Social Practice Art: Distrupting Disability at the University of Maine Center for Inclusion and Disability Studies, led by social work graduate students and disability design scholar Stephen Gilson. Past collective projects and writing about socially-engaged art will be featured in the upcoming books Futures Worth Preserving: Nostalgia and Sustainability in Cultural Constructions of the Present (Transcript, 2019), and Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art (Routledge 2019). He has also been featured in publications including, Brooklyn Magazine, Hyperallergic, PLOT Journal, Medium, City Atlas, and City Limits.

Kasper has lectured on design education, curating public art, and teaching social practice art at CAA, FATE, AIGA, and Interaction Design & Children conferences, as well as at the Art Directors Club in New York City, the Kansas City Art Institute, and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Based in New York City