Usually cited as a social practice artist, educator, and arts organizer, Jeff Kasper’s work spans design-facilitation, public programs, and various media, including: text, video, and participatory experiences.
His work over the years has been dedicated to disability aesthetics, re-imagining public space, and building arts support infrastructures as an artist working in arts management and social planning. He has presented his work internationally and recently received residencies, fellowships and project support from Downtown Art, CUE Art Foundation, Art Beyond Sight, OCAD, Social Practice Queens, NYFA Immigrant Artist Program in Social Practice, and EFA Project Space.
Civic Art Lab, the perennial, sustainability-focused, peer-to-peer, pedagogy platform he co-founded with Laura Scherling, was recently featured in Futures Worth Preserving: Cultural Constructions of Nostalgia and Sustainability, and his various contributions to the field can be found in other titles such as Art As Social Action: The Principles and Practices of Teaching Social Practice Art and Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming More Art In The Public Eye.
Kasper holds an MFA from Queens College and has taught interdisciplinary art and design, and disability studies at The New School, Pratt Institute, Fordham University, and Queens College. He is currently Assistant Professor of Integrated Design at University of Massachusetts Amherst where he works in the Department of Art.