Exploring Durham

Touchable Art Gallery
Dec. 07, 2013 @ 10:48 AM

Throughout December, Exploring Durham will feature articles about some of Durham’s unique art features.

As home to a world class hospital and a creative community that gets national attention, Durham is a likely spot for an art experience designed for those with a sensory impairment. The Touchable Art Gallery at Duke delivers just such an experience. 

Instead of signs that read, “Do Not Touch!” guests are invited to hold and feel the work. Located at the Duke Eye Center, the gallery is well-suited for those who have visual impairments. Items from this curated gallery can be touched and handled and materials include sculpture, bronze, clay, wood, stone and natural fibers.

The artwork in this gallery is donated by local artists and collectors. Like the patients who come to Duke for treatment, the art comes from around the world including pieces from Africa, Central and South America, China, Europe and Southeast Asia.

This gallery is staffed by volunteers who describe the artwork one piece at a time and assist visitors with handling the art. The collection includes pieces from the permanent collection as well as pieces on loan from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and from the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh.

Durham has hundreds of art features including more than 50 galleries, studios, public art, museums and more; for a full list visit www.durham-nc.com.

Insider Tip: Contact the Touchable Art Gallery for more information about group tours.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.