People who visit the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) during the month of October will have an opportunity to see award-winning artwork created by students from the Tennessee School for the Blind.
This is the fourth year TSLA has displayed art from the school to commemorate "Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month," an annual event sponsored by Art Education for the Blind, a New York-based nonprofit organization.
This free exhibit is located in the lobby of TSLA’s building at 403 Seventh Avenue North in downtown Nashville. The library is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Among the items in the exhibit are sunflower pastel drawings and collages, embossed metal pictures, canvas paintings, pottery pieces and award-winning photographs. The students have been studying the work of artist Vincent Van Gogh.
The exhibit also includes a paper mache version of Dot, a tiger who serves as the school’s mascot, that is on permanent loan to TSLA. Visitors are encouraged to feel the texture of the scraps of braille paper used to make the nearly life-sized tiger.
"I am proud that TSLA will once again be displaying the artwork from these exceptional students," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I encourage anyone in the Nashville area to come see this exhibit. Those who do will be inspired."
The exhibit is sponsored by the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which is part of TSLA. The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides audio, braille and large print books and magazines as well as other free library services to Tennesseans who are unable to read standard print books due to visual or physical disabilities. More information about the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is available at: http://tn.gov/tsla/lbph.
The exhibit will remain open through the end of October. It is free and open to the public. Due to construction work, parking around the library building is limited.