Mauree Childress - Wisconsin
Mauree received her degree in art and art education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and spent her early years teaching. After working in television advertising for 30 years at stations in Milwaukee and Green Bay, she went on to serve in development roles at the American Red Cross and the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay.
Mauree has created art all her life. She worked with textiles, including wearables, for many years. In 2013, she had an incomplete spinal cord injury caused by a rare autoimmune neurological disorder called Transverse Myelitis. Her lower body was paralyzed. As a result, she was unable to handle the physicality of her textile work. So, she started painting in 2015.
Mauree is now retired and lives in the Milwaukee area in an accessible house. She paints, works on her mobility, advocates for people with disabilities, and enjoys being a volunteer docent at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Expanding Perspectives - Disability
Mauree speaks to groups on how to make safer, more accessible public spaces for people with disabilities. There are such simple, welcoming ways you can help. Learn about the etiquette of disabilities. (Milwaukee area in accessible buildings or spaces.)