Kathleen Flannigan

Flannigan’s love of nature and animals has been the inspiration for her art since her early childhood. Growing up with cerebral palsy, severe arthritis and clinical depression, Flannigan experienced isolation in her youth that allowed her to focus her energy on the beauty of the world around her. Flannigan explains, “I pay homage to nature as a mother who has nurtured me, comforted me, given me solace in an open harsh world that I experienced growing up as a child with disabilities.” In 1982, Flannigan received a bachelor’s of fine arts in drawing from California College of the Arts. She later went back to school to study art history and graduated from the University of California, Berkley, specializing in Romanesque and Byzantine art. In 1996, Flannigan founded ADEPT Studios, a workspace for artists with disabilities. Through Flannigan’s leadership, ADEPT Studios has received numerous grants, including the Pollock-Krasner grant awarded for the financial needs of established artists. Flannigan was also the recipient of a Yamagata International Fellowship in 1997, the highest honor given to an artist
with disabilities.