Oct 7, 2016

Photography Exhibit to Open at Huntington Museum of Art on Oct. 15, 2016

Contact: (304) 529-2701

The James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable Trust Presents Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists will be shown at the Huntington Museum of Art from Oct. 15, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017. A free opening reception for this exhibit takes place on October 23, 2016, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The opening reception is scheduled to include free vision screenings provided by the Huntington Downtown Lions' Club. Representatives from Alcon, the Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind, The American Foundation for the Blind and the Huntington Downtown Lions' Club will be available to provide information about the services their organizations offer to people who are visually impaired. Ceramic works by local artists from the Cabell-Wayne Association of the Blind will be on view in the Education Gallery.

The James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable Trust Presents Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists exhibition assembles more than 100 works by a dozen photographers from all over the world. Some of them pursue a purely conceptual art from the regions of their own minds, others use sensory cues such as hearing and smell to guide their cameras or rely on pure chance. A third group, made up of artists with very limited sight, uses the camera to amplify visual images as they pursue an enhanced method of seeing. The resulting photographs are a testament to the artists’ refusal to accept limitations and to the desire of all humans to have a creative voice. The work stands firmly on its own, highly original and comparable to the best in contemporary photography.

“I can’t belong to this world if I can’t imagine it in my own way,” says Evgen Bavcar, whose work is included in the exhibit. “When a blind person says ‘I imagine,’ it means he too has an inner representation of external realities.”  By opening up their world through their work, the artists in Sight Unseen invite you to share their creative ideas and at the same time challenge you to think twice about your notions of what visualization and creative expression are all about.

SIGHT UNSEEN: International Photography by Blind Artists has been curated by Douglas McCulloh and originated by UCR/California Museum of Photography, an affiliate institution of ARTSblock, the University of California, Riverside, and toured by Curatorial Assistance, Pasadena, California.

This exhibit is presented by The James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable Trust.

Sponsored by The Alcon Foundation, Inc.

Support for this program also comes from: Robert and Christine Anderson, In Honor of Isaac and Isabel Anderson; Mrs. Carolyn H. Becker, In Loving Memory of David E. Becker; John and Jane Cross, In Memory of Joe and Eva Hamer; Krista L. Denning M.D., In Honor of Mary Ann Saunders; Krista L. Denning M.D., In Memory of Willis G. “Buck” Saunders; Rainey Duke, In Honor of David Duke; Jean Eglinton and Steven Snyder, In Memory of Sarah Snyder; Dorothy J. Fike, In Memory of Susan Fike; Frank Hanshaw, In Memory of Diane Cowden Hanshaw; Nicholas and Sharon Kontos, In Honor of Olive Smith Stone; Jeff and Andi McDowell; Mr. and Mrs. Greg Michael, In Honor of Timothy Grobe; Judy Silver, In Memory of Becky Morrison; Keith and Debbie Vass, In Honor of Fred and Peggy Legg; and Betsy H. Wilson, In Memory of Elizabeth Mitchell.

This program is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

For more information on events at the Huntington Museum of Art, visit www.hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.