New Exhibit and Opening Reception at the Center Gallery

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Event Date(s): Fri, 02/16/2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Elizabeth Jameson, "Valentine"

The new exhibition, “Artist/Patient/Advocate: Works by Elizabeth Jameson and Ted Meyer” opens February 16 in the Center Gallery on the Jamestown Community College Olean campus.

Featuring artworks that incorporate diagnostic brain scans, photographs, and rubbings taken from body scars, this two-person exhibition offers new ways of visualizing disease and recovery. Presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council and JCC, the opening reception is Friday, February 16, from 6-8 p.m. with a talk given by Los Angeles-based artist Ted Meyer. The event is free and open to the public and appetizers and beverages will be served. The exhibition runs through March 27, 2018.

When she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis Elizabeth Jameson began making artwork from her diagnostic medical MRIs. She explains, “Since my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, I have continually undergone brain scans to track the progression of my disease. I began using art to reinterpret these images. My work invites people to discuss what it means to live in an imperfect body, and to stare directly at the beauty and complexity of the imperfect brain with curiosity. I transform my brain scans into provocative images that challenge how society views the brain, disability and illness.”

Photo shown is captioned: Elizabeth Jameson, “Valentine,” inkjet print based on the artist’s MRI.

In 2017 Jameson’s artwork was exhibited at the International Brain-Mapping Conference in Vancouver, BC and it is on permanent display in medical centers such at the Shepherd Center for Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, GA, John Paul II Rehabilitation Center in Borne Sulinowo, Poland, and Porter Neuroscience Research Center Building at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Following the Center Gallery exhibition, some of Jameson’s works will become part of JCC’s permanent collection and will be displayed in the the Allied Health & Sciences Center, where JCC nursing courses are taught. 

Meyer is a lifelong patient of Gaucher Disease (an enzyme deficiency that affects bones and joints) who took his early hospital experiences and turned them into artistic inspiration. He is now a nationally recognized artist and patient advocate. For the last sixteen years Meyer has worked on “Scarred for LIfe,” a project about other people’s surgical experiences and scars. Meyer uses paint and vellum paper to create rubbings that trace scars people have received from accidents, surgeries, assaults, and sometimes from self-inflicted wounds. Meyer exhibits these abstract rubbings with a photographic portrait of the subject and a story about the injury and recovery written in their own words. Meyer’s “Scarred for Life” project is not only about trauma and injury, but courage and healing as well.

We invite you to come see the beauty in these works that provide a new perspective on illness and life altering medical experiences. The Center Gallery at 260 North Union, in Olean, on the second floor, is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends and all college holidays.

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Jamestown Community College Olean Campus
1104 N. Union Street Center Gallery
Olean, NY 14760
United States
Phone: 716-372-7455
42° 4' 35.6664" N, 78° 25' 38.784" W
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