Tactile Art: Expanding Access, Increasing Engagement

Curatorial Practice
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
222 America's Center
What is the reality of collecting and exhibiting a tactile art collection? Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has 35+ years of experience amassing artwork for its touch gallery and knows the reality of questions such as: Who uses this gallery? What about wear and tear on the objects? What qualities should a good piece of tactile artwork have? What about the rest of the collection-will people start touching it, too? What collection guidelines has the committee developed over the years? What are some of its greatest insights?
Learner Outcome
  1. Learn special considerations that need to be addressed when exhibiting art the public is invited to touch.
  2. Learn how expanded sensory interaction improves audience engagement, based on stories that illustrate these points.
  3. Learn why some artists feel compelled to more fully engage with their audience. Some hands-on examples will be made available.
Ann Cunningham
Multi-sensory Artist
Ann Cunningham is a multi-sensory artist and teaches art at the Colorado Center for the Blind. She just staged two Tactile Art and Tactile Graphics Symposia under the auspices of the National Federation of the Blind, in Baltimore and Denver, to investigate with like minded artists, teachers, museum staff and patrons, most of whom are blind, what tactile art is and where we, as a community, would like to see this field grow.
Rebecca Tucker
Museum Director
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center