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Oglethorpe museum to host vision-inspired art exhibit
by Christine Fonville
March 11, 2014 12:03 PM | 2093 views | 1 1 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye / Oglethorpe University art museum director Elizabeth Peterson arranges work by Marcia R. Cohen in the gallery.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Oglethorpe University art museum director Elizabeth Peterson arranges work by Marcia R. Cohen in the gallery.
Brookhaven residents can go in depth with their sense of sight during Oglethorpe University Museum of Art’s BLIND/SIGHT and Optic Chiasm exhibitions.

The art exhibits, which will run together concurrently and will feature photography, paintings, text, Braille and more, will be on display starting March 22 in the Skylight Gallery.

Director Elizabeth Peterson said the museum was inspired to do an entire exhibit centered on vision and art after learning about the collection created by photographer Billy Howard and illustrator Laurie Shock.

“The BLIND/SIGHT exhibit was created in 2012 through funding and support from the Center for Visually Impaired and it’s been traveling around the Southeast to a number of locations since that time,” Peterson said.

Howard and Shock interviewed people living with blindness or loss of vision to photograph them and then create an illustration based on descriptions the participants gave on what they “saw.”

After viewing the collection, Peterson said she and various members of the art and science community on campus and around Atlanta wanted to expand the exhibit to include other works inspired by the theme of vision.

“Many of the artists have dealt with some form of vision loss themselves or were inspired by objects like color blind tests or medical photography to create their own work,” Peterson said.

The title of the exhibit, Optic Chiasm, refers to a nerve at the base of the human brain that helps the eyes exchange and understand visual information.

Being collaborative, connecting the worlds of science and art and shedding light on how those with disabilities perceive the world are Peterson’s personal motivations for the exhibit.

“We all have different perceptions no matter who we are and, personally, I’m very invested in making the museum, for any exhibit, accessible to everyone,” she said.

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What's Next?
On April 2, Billy Howard and Laurie Shock will host a lecture, “The Making of Blind/Sight,” at the museum.

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