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Located at Duke Eye Center, the Touchable Art Gallery is designed to allow everyone including those with visual impairments to enjoy art in a unique way.  The Gallery, located off the reception area, is open weekdays.  Patients, family members, and friends are encouraged to visit the gallery while they wait for appointments or surgical procedures.  We also accommodate community groups for special Gallery tours. 

Touchable Gallery features:

  • Volunteers who explain the artwork to visitors one piece at a time, and who provide general information about art for people who are visually impaired. 
  • Art that has been specially selected to be touched and handled. 
  • Sculpture from all over the world, including Africa, Central and South America, China, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
  • Works created from a variety of materials including bronze, clay, wood, stone, and natural fibers.
  • Pieces from our permanent collection and pieces on loan from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke and from Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh. 
  • Artworks donated by North Carolina artists and collectors.

Our gallery is run by volunteers. We are always looking for new volunteers to help us keep the Gallery open for all visitors. If you, or anyone you know, would like to find out more about volunteering at the Touchable Art Gallery, please contact Betty Haskin at (919) 684.0401.

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