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Shared Visions - Virtual Show

Have you ever been to a museum or gallery and heard "do not touch the art".  Not this time. This show was intended to be touched! In November 2022, ACC's Nathan Abels’ and Katie Caron’s students were challenged to create interactive tactile works of art to be displayed alongside works from students from the Colorado Center for the Blind. Their art included installations, ceramics, and mixed media. This multi-sensory experience provided the viewer to explore the art via sight, sounds, and touch.

This annual tactile exhibition is so popular we wanted to provide a virtual post-show. This virtual display includes a variety of images from the original in-person exhibition. They are in order of the show as if you were moving through the gallery.  Each piece provides the viewer with the opportunity to have a unique experience. Enjoy this virtual version of the original exhibition. We hope you visit this annual show next November as the students create new tactile art.

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Nathaniel Lampman - Cunard Ocean Liner

Nathaniel Lampman
Cunard Ocean Liner

Carefully feel around the ship that you can feel the port and starboard view holes. The lightboats on top, the smokestack, deck layers and the masts on either end. The ship is to resemble the Carpathia that rescued the Titanic survivors. I made this because I like trains, ships, submarines, and transportation vehicles. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.

Rose Wittsell Serene Respite

Rose Wittsell
Serene Respite

The waterfall cascades down jagged peaks, providing calm in-between the hillsides and the cave where something is lurking.

Lyss Rogers - Foraging

Lyss Rogers
Foraging

This wall-mounted piece consists of three mushroom forms made of wooden stems and fabric tops. The shelf they are attached to has an etched wood-grain. Below the surface, the movement of the mushrooms creates sound. It relates to my interest in mushroom hunting.

Nolan Choy - Light Pollution

Nolan Choy
Light Pollution

This piece is a physical recreation of a star map and its constellations using nails and screws put on two different boards. One board is covered by a thin piece of cloth to conceal the 'stars' underneath. This piece is inspired by light pollution and its effects on the night sky.

Paula Busey - Kinetic Zen Garden

Paula Busey
Kinetic Zen Garden

Use the textured balls to your left to create textures in the kinetic sand, then feel the patterns of the path you created. To refresh the sand, put the ball back into the rectangle box, then scoop the sand with your hands, and let it drop back into the round sand box.

Gianni Salvato - Giardino

Gianni Salvato
Giardino

This piece is made of a square panel with a blue painted sky on the upper half, which fades into the landscape that has artificial red and white roses and grasses. This piece is meant to elicit a peaceful feeling.
 

Natalia Wolanska - Feel the Fiction

Natalia Wolanska
Feel the Fiction

A forest diorama is placed between books to imitate the feeling of being inside a novel.

Ben Hovet - Orc

Ben Hovet
Orc

This is a sculpted relief of a World Of Warcraft polyhedral Orc Head sculpted with Monster clay screwed to a panel painted with Acrylic and texture paint. I chose monster clay because it has a wax and oil based texture that replicates the feeling of skin, but not just any skin... MONSTER SKIN!

Ralph Hopfenberg - The Bridge: Leave Your Troubles Behind

Ralph Hopfenberg
The Bridge: Leave Your Troubles Behind

Using the clay model as a guide. Construct the same bridge connecting the loose wooden dowels. There is no glue or connecting devices needed. The first three pieces are joined and attach to the wood surface.

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Karoline (Lena) LeBlanc - Scattered Reflections

Karoline (Lena) LeBlanc
Scattered Reflections

Inspired by rain drops on a window and the reflective quality of water.

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Sierra Naughton - Enchanted Cobblestone

Sierra Naughton
Enchanted Cobblestone

Explore the textures of a cobblestone wall that’s blooming with life.

Tom LaForge - Taruki

Tom LaForge
Taruki

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Cait Cannon - Aging and Deflating

Cait Cannon
Aging and Deflating

This piece is made up of five balloons – three floating balloons and two deflated balloons. They are being held by a wooden silhouette of a hand and have a backdrop of a gloomy sky painted on a black sheet. It is inspired by my experiences stepping into adulthood.

Mardie Mathers - Map of Central America

Mardie Mathers
Map of Central America

A thrown bowl with black slip and red glaze.

Madeline Williams Apophis

Madeline Williams
Apophis

Apophis was an asteroid with a 2.7% chance of impact. Observe the path of the wires, representing the course pieces of an exploded asteroid would take, had Apophis not missed earth.

Timmy Fisher - The Time Eater

Timmy Fisher
The Time Eater

Various spin-able cogs and gears floating in the abyssal void.

Joann Harrington - Beach Treasure and Trash

Joann Harrington
Beach Treasure and Trash

Run your hands through the sand to discover beach treasures as well as beach trash.
 

Amanda Hawes - Ocean Chimes

Amanda Hawes
Ocean Chimes

Three jellyfish wind chimes with beads and bells

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Cindy Willard - Chaos to Contentment

Cindy Willard
Chaos to Contentment

Moving through life we go between movement and stillness, one leading to the other.

Jodee Whitehead - The Derivate of Rats and Kings

Jodee Whitehead
The Derivate of Rats and Kings

This piece is made up of two panels – each about seven feet long. It is a collaborative piece and viewers are invited to peel and stick stickers from within the larger cooler and adhere them to the panels. The smaller cooler is where the backings can be put. The panels have semi-abstract drawings of figures on them and by obscuring them with the stickers it relates the absurdity of sexual abuse and issues of consent.

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Vin Diezel - Untitled

Vin Diezel
Untitled

Small nails in abstract patterns on a shaped cork-board.

Clayton Dunnaway - Terrance the Tyrannosaurus Chicken

Clayton Dunnaway
Terrance the Tyrannosaurus Chicken

This chicken-sized dinosaur is a humorous take on the discovery that dinosaurs had feathers. The plastic dinosaur has sewn-on feathers and a rooster comb and wattle.

Connor Behrenbruch - Untitled

Connor Behrenbruch
Untitled

Two-foot square wood panel with a silhouette of a dear dog. This is my tribute to my pup – a textured memory of a hike we took together.

Shemirel Barrientos - Peace, Love, Respect, Unity

Shemirel Barrientos
Peace, Love, Respect, Unity

Inspired by rave culture, this piece represents transferring kandii (bracelets) from one person to another, which is a symbol of unity. Feel free to move the bracelets from one structure to another.

Monica Turner - Fruits of Memory

Monica Turner
Fruits of Memory

This piece has three containers – each containing a different fruit. There is one basket in the front, one wooden bowl in the back and one metal bowl higher up. It is primarily scent-based and you can smell the oranges, apples and peaches. When I lived in Ohio, the former owner of my childhood home was a botanist who planted various fruit trees and this piece represents my memory of that place.

Tiffany T.N. Niquette - Tucker's Sunrise

Tiffany T.N. Niquette
Tucker's Sunrise

A picturesque mountain view with a sweet soul watching the rising sun. Each layer is imprinted with a different texture (i.e. lego mat).

Katie Bacon - Sea organisms

Katie Bacon
Sea organisms

Bradley Jotte - Stacked Shapes

Bradley Jotte
Stacked Shapes

Abstract structure made of a 3D cube, a partial cube, and an open box.

Andrea Lan Ruzansky - Heavy Rain

Andrea Lan Ruzansky
Heavy Rain

Experience sound and texture; feel the rain; connect with your feelings and make them sound.

Jordan Boice - Empty Boat on the Ocean

Jordan Boice
Empty Boat on the Ocean

This is a square panel covered in textured fabric meant to give the impression of gentle waves and light sea foam. Centrally placed you’ll find a small boat. This was inspired by the feeling I get swimming.

Tennessee Thomas - Sunflower Power

Tennessee Thomas
Sunflower Power

Carefully feel around on these flowers and feel the different textures on the center of the flowers and the long petals.

Amber Brumfield - Mountain Ocean

Amber Brumfield
Mountain Ocean

Sarah Voelkelt - Rabbit

Sarah Voelkelt
Rabbit

You can feel the soft curves of the rabbit and the growths of mushrooms and vines around its body.

Ester Jasso - Lizard Brain

Ester Jasso
Lizard Brain

This artwork relates to the term “lizard brain” – a term, when applied to people, typically signifies that they are functioning less intelligently than usual. I used a range of materials and textures in this sculptural piece including a 3D printed lizard head, a squishy brain and a wood and fabric structure.

Shawn Inslee - Untitled Vase #528

Shawn Inslee
Untitled Vase #528

Humidifier and essential oil diffuser.

Sarah Helton Slithering Little Snake

Sarah Helton
Slithering Little Snake

This is a mobile snake made out of small pots with interesting textures and fabric separating each pot. Feel free to move the snake or just stoke it.

Sarah Helton - Slithering Little Snake - close up

Sarah Helton
Slithering Little Snake - close up

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Daniel Martinez - Home Screen

Daniel Martinez
Home Screen

This piece is made up of six phone cases that hold different textures representing different apps I use. They are a mix of playfulness and absurd commentary. For example, the half-phone is useless in the way that snapchat is useless to me.

Chelsea Condara - The Game of Tic Tac Toe

Chelsea Condara
The Game of Tic Tac Toe

A game in which two players alternately put X’s and O’s in compartments of the game board. The first player to get a row of three X’s or three O’s before their opponent wins. Please reset game pieces to side of board when done.

Chloe Wantland Fancy Cat

Chloe Wantland
Fancy Cat

This piece consists of a ceramic cat head wearing an Elizabethan ruff. The head is placed upon a three-tier circular pedestal with beads. The cat’s head is wrapped in silver wire with a heart shaped pendant attached near its left ear.

Kelsea Dombrovski - Harvest

Kelsea Dombrovski
Harvest

The fall harvest is a mark of seasons passing. This harvest can be felt by exploring the inside of the clay basket.

Megan Wittsell - Campfire First Flames

Megan Wittsell
Campfire First Flames

This piece is intended to imitate the look and feel of a campfire. Feel the grain of the wood as it leads to soft flames. Be careful not to move the logs too much.

Raven Bock  - Cold Hands? Feel a Warm Heart

Raven Bock
Cold Hands? Feel a Warm Heart

Softly pet this fuzzy heart that is perched on a loving pillow, fallow the smooth vines that lead to a rose.

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Colorado Center for the Blind Student

Colorado Center for the Blind Student

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Dominic - Montoya Adapt

Dominic Montoya
Adapt

This piece is a layered collage of various textures and surfaces with the silhouette of a hand on the right side. Through my work experiences, I’ve learned to use my hands as tools. My hands are my most valuable asset in life – giving me the ability to do hard work that makes me feel accomplished.

Student Work from the Colorado Center for the Blind

Student Work from the Colorado Center for the Blind

Sarah Helton - Bean Bag

Sarah Helton
Bean Bag

This is an approximately three feet cube shaped bean bag made of a variety of textiles. It includes a heating element and soft blankets. It is meant to evoke the typical way writers describe sleeping. For example, “my bed is my nightly hug, a warm place to dream. It is the safe harbor from which my soul plays with the black heavens, communicating in the language of stars and feeling the sweetness of the soul-ether.” By Angela Abraham

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Ralph Hopfenberg - The Bridge: Leave Your Troubles Behind, View 2

Ralph Hopfenberg
The Bridge: Leave Your Troubles Behind, View 2

Nolan Choy - Light Population, View 2

Nolan Choy
Light Population, View 2

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