Object Stories Community Opening

April 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Stevens Room, Main Building

Join Object Stories participants and distinguished guests as we celebrate the opening of our newest Object Stories exhibition – Invisible Me.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Exhibition

Examining invisible disabilities draws our attention beyond what we immediately notice about a person. Invisible disability is an umbrella term for a wide range of chronic physical, cognitive, and neurological conditions causing a person to struggle in daily activities. Because symptoms of these conditions are not often observed, those with invisible disabilities are easily judged, dismissed, and left feeling unvalidated. Outdated beliefs about disability have led to a false standard of ‘normal’ in our society that privileges non-disabled individuals.

Invisible Me was co-created by those individuals whose stories are in this exhibition–Justin Allen, Holly Oberg, Sarah Mc Dermed, Micah Read, and Greg Bee. Each participant’s story is an account of how they came to terms with very personal conditions and figured out how to move forward. Their objects and stories are combined with visitor reflections to question conventional perceptions of disability and its impact in our lives.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Micah Read
Micah Read is a student and writer living with autism and the affects of encephalitis.