About Jim Van Manen
Jim Van Manen is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago as well as an author and artist. He is also a CODA (child of Deaf parents) and hard of hearing. He is the author of two well-received artist biographies. He advocates for the recognition, and inclusion of Deaf Art and Deaf Artists in the art world and in academia and researches American Sign Language fingerspelling. Jim has a BA from University of Northern Iowa and has an MA and Ph.D. from Gallaudet University.