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Galleries & Museums

Art Access: Visions

When: Mondays-Fridays. Continues through May 6 2015

Art Access—the gallery and the affiliated nonprofit arts organization—helps the disabled and disadvantaged realize their artistic visions. When vision itself is affected by a disability, the artwork on produced by those who seek to treat the disability as well as those experiencing the disability can be especially enlightening. The University of Utah's Moran Eye Center is collaborating with the gallery on an exhibit called Visions, featuring retinal photographs by a number of photographers, and fused-glass sculptures by Sarinda Jones, inspired by retinal art. Professor Bryan Jones is a retinal neuroscientist at the Moran, working on cutting-edge research into the neurology of vision, and his fascination with vision led him into photography. His photographic work, for example, "Metabolomic Eye" (detail pictured) has been featured on NPR's Science Friday as well as in National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Wired and many other noteworthy publications. His photographic eye is as likely to be drawn to neurons under a microscope as impromptu portraits of colleagues, vistas snapped during travels, the shape of twilit trees on a walk or shattered shop windows—but it's all from a refreshing viewpoint. As is true of all the artists in this exhibit, it reminds us our vision isn't something to take for granted. Participating artists include James Anderson, Michele Banks, Nico Cuenca, Jim Gillman, Bryan Jones, Helga Kolb, Gabe Luna, Paula Morris, Hope Morrison, Scott Peterson, Rebecca Pfeiffer, Stuart Stansbury and Peter Westonscow. The exhibit runs concurrently with the show in theorganization's Access II Gallery including artists who have varying ranges of vision, and even a painting designed to be touched rather than viewed. (Brian Staker)