Tactile Art Show Being Held At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 17 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu





ATHENS, W.Va. – A unique experience is being offered at Concord University this month. A completely tactile art show will be held in the Arthur Butcher Art Gallery. “The Feeling of Art: A Tactile Multimedia Art Experience” is a touchable art exhibit designed to allow everyone, including those who cannot see, an opportunity to enjoy art in a new way.

A viewing for public school students is scheduled for the morning of March 24, 2016. The general public is welcome to enjoy this free event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that evening. The gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building on Concord’s Athens, W.Va. campus.

Artwork from professional artists, students, professors, children and members of the community will be on display. All of the pieces included in the show are designed for a hands-on experience. Come trace your finger through intricate combinations of labyrinths, feel the stitches of handmade textiles and experience the changing thermal qualities of metal, plastic, clay and fabric sculptures.

Additionally, popular local musician Randy Gilkey will be performing during the event.

Concord student Keri L. Svendsen and Associate Professor of Art Dr. Lauri Reidmiller, organizers of the exhibition, stated, “Our objective is to create an art experience that is accessible to all audiences and to further the development of the visual arts and culture in our community.”

This exhibition will be fun for adults and children alike, they said. It will give everyone the opportunity to get up close and personal in a unique gallery event. “Along with giving all visitors access to experience the artwork through touch, we hope to also raise awareness about the importance of making the visual arts accessible to everyone,” Reidmiller said.

For additional information about the exhibit and about bringing students to the morning session on March 24, contact Dr. Lauri Reidmiller at lreidmiller@concord.edu or 304-384-5206 or Keri Svendsen at svendsenk30@mycu.concord.edu or 304-961-0692.



Artwork by Keri L. Svendsen



Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.