Sunaura "Sunny" Taylor (born March 21, 1982 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American painter and activist for disability and animal rights. She currently resides in Oakland, California, and has taught classes at the University of California, Berkeley.

Taylor's work has been displayed in the Smithsonian and in galleries across the United States.[1] She is the recipient of a 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. In 2004, she received the Grand Prize in the VSA arts Driving Force juried exhibition for emerging disabled artists.[2][3] A portion of her work deals with animal rights issues, as Taylor is an abolitionist vegan.[4]

Taylor was born with arthrogryposis and uses a wheelchair. She has been active in the Society for Disability Studies and has participated in marches for disability rights. Her work on the disability rights movement has appeared in Monthly Review,[5] and her Self Portrait with TCE was the first full-color image ever printed in the publication's long history. She has been featured on All Things Considered on National Public Radio,[6] and the Georgia Public Television series State of the Arts. Her work has also been featured frequently in Flagpole Magazine in her home town, Athens, Georgia.

Taylor is also the sister of the filmmaker Astra Taylor,[7] and appeared in her 2008 film Examined Life alongside philosopher Judith Butler.[8]

References Edit

  1. VSA Arts schedule for Driving Force
  2. VSA Arts 2004 exhibition homepage, accessed on 2007-08-16
  3. VSA Arts website for the 2004 winner, accessed on 2007-08-16
  4. The Fallacy of Conscientious Meat, Sunaura and Alexander Taylor, accessed 21 February 2009
  5. Monthly Review article March 2004, accessed on 2007-08-16
  6. NPR program page
  7. "Sunny Taylor", Free Williamsburg, accessed February 8, 2009.
  8. San Francisco Film Society on Examined Life, accessed February 8, 2009.

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