Jeff Kasper


Jeff Kasper has exhibited and presented
public programs in the United States, and 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.

Recent solo-projects have been exhibited at Downtown Art Theatre and University of Massachusetts Herter Art Gallery.

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 studio art and design pedagogy, and increasing institutional access for disabled artists.

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.

In 2019, he joined the faculty of art at University of Massachusets Amhert as Assistant Professor, becoming Undergraduate Program Director in Fall 2020.

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 emerging socially-engaged artists.

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 present homegrown sustainability initiatives happening locally and globally.

Kasper has supported the work of nearly 200 individual artists, and frequently leads study groups, workshops, mediation and conflict transformation processes for arts collectives and residencies. Kasper retains an active arts organizing practice where he works on strategic planning, instigating cultures of accessibility, and creating programs for community outreach, arts support infrastructure, disability culture, and artist services. He often sits on peer review boards for arts awards and research in humanistic approaches to healthcare.

His institutional leadership work with arts organizations have been funded by multi-year grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Arts Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Vilcek Foundation, Lambent, and Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

Writing & Public Speaking

Kasper is the co-editor of More Art in the Public Eye available with Duke University Press. His next book is in development for 2022-2023, and will explore the impact of trauma-culture on art, design, and learning through practical strategies, lessons, and tools.

He 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. Past collective projects and writing about socially-engaged art will be featured in the 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, public art, and social art pedagogy at CAA, FATE, AIGA, and Interaction Design & Children conference, as well as at the Art Directors Club, the Kansas City Art Institute, and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

He has hosted public town-hall style events and panel discussions on disability arts at Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Queens Museum, School of Visual Arts, The 8th Floor, and BRIC.