The Nancy Josserand Art for Everyone relief will open to the public at PPHM on Friday April 27th.
Art for Everyone is a 3-D interactive sculptural relief of Red Landscape, a painting by former Canyon resident Georgia O’Keeffe. It is designed to make art accessible to everyone, including the visually impaired.
PPHM will be offering a special unveiling of the exhibit at 10 a.m. Friday, April 27 in Pioneer Hall at the entrance to PPHM.
PPHM is one of the first museums in the United States to pioneer this level of inclusivity in its exhibits.
“PPHM is breaking ground as one of the first museums in the U.S. to serve the blind community.” said John Olsen of 3D Photoworks “For the blind, being able to access art and photography on their own represents freedom, independence, and equality.”
As visitors touch the relief, sensors detect their hands and speakers explain aspects of the painting in English and Spanish. The result is a tactile, visual, and auditory experience like no other. All signage will additionally be presented in braille, and the exhibit will be fully wheelchair-accessible.
“It is our mission to make sure that all people have access to PPHM and its vast collection. Those with sight disabilities are excluded from many museum experiences. There are 285 million people in the world who are either blind or sight impaired. In the United States alone, a person goes blind every 11 minutes. “
The exhibit was made possible in large part due to a generous contribution from Nancy and Robert Josserand of Hereford, longtime patrons of the arts and culture in the Texas Panhandle. Art for Everyone was built by 3DPhotoworks with the assistance of Dr. Amy Von Lintel, Associate Professor of Art History at WTAMU.