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Art Institute Allows Blind Patrons To Experience Paintings
October 13, 2006

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--Art patrons who are blind or have other vision-related disabilities can now experience masterpieces "hands on" at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In a brief story for WLS-TV, disability issues reporter Karen Meyer said the institute's gallery now allows such patrons to touch 10-inch by 8-inch replicas of paintings called "Tactiles".

A student from the School at the Art Institute developed the Tactiles based on recommendations from members of the "blind and visually impaired community", Meyer reported.

"They allow me to experience the painting with my fingers the way you experience if with your eyes," said gallery visitor Marcia Trawinski.

"I can travel across the painting. I can travel within the depth of the painting and I can get a feel for what the artist was doing with the lines and drawings."

Meyer said Chicago's Art Institute is believed to be the only gallery in the country to offer the Tactile experience.

Related article with captioned video clip:
"Exhibit at Art Institute draws blind and visually impaired" (WLS-TV)


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