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Opening Reception: 'CONNECTING WITH ART: The Tactile Gallery'

Thursday, 12 December, 2019

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, together with partners including the Missouri School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and artist Ann Cunningham, will open CONNECTING WITH ART: The Tactile Gallery with a reception at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA.) The reception runs to 7 p.m., and will be held on the museum’s second floor in galleries 214 and 215.

CONNECTING WITH ART: The Tactile Gallery was made possible through the support of the Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation and its annual scholarships. These scholarships create opportunities for undergraduate students from different fields of study to engage with art.

SLU student Kallie Neumer, who studies occupational therapy, is a recipient of a 2018 Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation scholarship recipients. Neumer researched and developed the exhibit under the supervision of a museum mentor.

The Arthur and Helen Baer Foundation also supported the acquisition of two artworks for the exhibit by Cunningham, an artist who makes tactile artworks that specifically engage the blind and visually impaired.

Other partners in the exhibit include Custom Prototypes, and the Center for Braille and Narration Production.

Admission is free and visitor aids include a tactile map to the gallery is installed on the right side of the elevator on the first floor as well as portable tactile maps are available at the front desk. The maps inform visitors about the placement of artworks in the galleries.  These maps must be returned to the front desk at the end of the visit.

For questions or more information, call 314-977-6631.