A special one-night exhibit at the Broad Art Museum invites viewers across the visual ability spectrum to experience artwork with their eyes and their hands.

March 25, 2015


Contact: Stepheni L. Schlinker, Communications Manager, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, at schlink2@msu.edu or 517-884-8011

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will feature an interactive, student-generated art exhibit that bridges painting and poetry for one night only on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The special installation is designed to engage viewers across the visual ability spectrum. Blind and sighted guests alike are invited to experience the artwork with their eyes and their hands, as each art piece contains tactile elements inspired by Braille poems.

The event is hosted by Exceptions, an MSU-based literary journal that features interviews and creative works by individuals in the visually impaired community. Alongside the “Accessible Art” exhibit, Exceptions will debut its first print-audio hybrid issue, containing works of fiction, memoir, poetry and visual art.

The evening will include an introduction from the Exceptions editorial staff, a talk on museum accessibility from Michael Hudson, director of MSU’s Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD), and a behind-the-scenes video documenting the creation of the exhibited art pieces.

“Michigan State University is committed to fully including people with a range of disabilities, and we are excited to see this forward, student-driven momentum in accessible art,” said Hudson.

The project is the result of university-wide interdisciplinary cooperation. The editorial team at Exceptions commissioned original poems from students enrolled in a poetry course at MSU. These poems then served as inspiration for students enrolled in and MSU studio art course. The resulting works display a wide range of interpretations and appeal to visitors both sighted and blind.

“We are incredibly excited to be collaborating with the Broad Museum to share this remarkable student artwork with the local community,” said Katie Grimes, student managing editor of Exceptions.

For more information about the exhibit, or about Exceptions, contact Katie Grimes at grimeska@msu.edu.

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