Gabriela Hofmeyer

Gabriela Hofmeyer is a musician with CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy). She is an advocate for those experiencing trauma. 

Nominator: “She is a mother with a disability of two small children, recently honored by being invited to perform at Carnegie Hall […] with her Alma Mater ensemble, Rensselaer Orchestra. Gabriela is an advocate not only for the disabled and also for women, she advocates for accessibility, science and engineering education, music and the arts. She has tirelessly advocated before US Congress for the Family Medical Leave Act, and in California for Disabled Persons’ Rights, Fair Housing, and Humanitarian Causes. … Gabriela has advocated for Disabled Persons Housing Rights, Access to Quality Healthcare for the Elderly and Disabled, and Workplace Rights for Women and Minorities since 1996.”

A simple outline painting of a young woman with long hair, surrounded by white space.
Gabriela Hofmeyer by Mireya Betances, marker on paper, 20 x 16 inches, 2019

IMAGE: A simple outline painting of a young woman with long hair, surrounded by white space.

Mireya Betances from NIAD sorts through her environment for images and text to use in her work. Whether it’s an ad in a magazine or a completed drawing from another artist, all is fair play for Mireya’s starting place. The results — often with essential letters missing or the scale out of whack — are uniquely hers.