[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Tactile Art Exhibit At Concord University Issues Call For Submissions

Keri Svendsen keribcu at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 15:10:49 UTC 2018

Tactile Art Exhibit At Concord University Issues Call For Submissions
For Immediate Release:
Jun 19 2018
Sarah Pritchett Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312, news at concord.edu
After 4 p.m.
pitzer at concord.edu
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405
ATHENS, W.Va. – Organizers of an art show scheduled for this fall at 
Concord University are issuing a call for submissions. Artists from 
across the region are invited to submit their work for possible 
exhibition in “The Feeling of Art: A Tactile Multimedia Art Experience 
Part 2”.
“The Feeling of Art” is a touchable art exhibit designed to allow 
everyone, including those who cannot see, an opportunity to enjoy art in 
a new way. The show will be displayed in the Arthur Butcher Art Gallery 
Oct. 8 – Oct. 12, 2018 with a reception planned for Thursday, Oct. 11 
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center on 
Concord’s Athens, WV campus.
Professional artists, students, professors, children and members of the 
community are invited to submit art for the exhibit.  Work from 
preschool to adult artists will be eligible in any medium. All artwork 
submitted in the show must be durable and safe enough to be touched.
Dr. Lauri Reidmiller, Associate Professor of Art, and Concord student 
Keri L. Svendsen, organizers of the exhibition, stated, “Our objective 
is to create a tactile art show that is accessible to all audiences. 
Everything in this show will be able to be touched and experienced 
regardless of sight. We hope to further the development of accessible 
art and cultural opportunities 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. The reception on Oct. 11 will be free and open to 
the Concord University community and the general public. Earlier that 
morning area school children will attend the show.
The upcoming October show is the second tactile art exhibit that 
Reidmiller and Svendsen have hosted on behalf of Concord University. The 
first was held in March 2016.
Following the success of the inaugural event, Svendsen is looking 
forward to increasing the number of works on display with this fall’s 
exhibit. “We had 45 pieces in the last show and we want to make this 
bigger,” she said.
There is no fee to enter. The deadline for entries is Sept. 1, 2018.
Eligibility information and submission criteria may be found by 
For additional information about the exhibit, contact Dr. Lauri 
Reidmiller at lreidmiller at concord.edu or 304-384-5206 or Keri Svendsen 
at svendsenk30 at mycu.concord.edu or 304-961-0692. Additional information 
on “The Feeling of Art” may also be found on Facebook at: 
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.

Keri Svendsen

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