Artwork Network to Host Exhibit of Photos by the Formerly Blind
Denver, August 10, 2016 —A unique art exhibit featuring photographs taken by people who were once blind but can now see because of a corneal transplant will return to the Artwork Network gallery from March 6 through March 15, 2017. The gallery is in Denver’s Santa Fe Art District at 878 Santa Fe Drive. The exhibit is a project of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, the nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery and transplantation of donated eye tissues in Colorado and Wyoming.
Alan Kircher, the gallery’s owner, said the exhibit fits in with Artwork Network’s ethos. “We believe all artwork has a story,” Kircher said, “And Artwork Network wants to help share the stories of all artists. The pieces in this project have incredible back-stories from the transplant recipients and the eye donors that made the sight-restoration possible. Those stories give added dimension to the photographs. They remind us not to take the things we see for granted.”
Robert Austin, a spokesperson for the eye bank, said the project is returning to its roots. “Artwork Network was the original host of the project in 2010 and for the following three years,” Austin said. “After a hiatus, it feels a bit like coming home. We’re excited about being in that wonderful space again.” Each of the art pieces will be auctioned off at a fundraising event benefitting the nonprofit eye bank on March 10, 2017.
Each year, approximately 600 people in Colorado and Wyoming receive sight-restorative cornea transplants. In 2015, the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank facilitated the donation and transplantation of 2,220 corneas from donors in Colorado and Wyoming. Since 1982, the eye bank has facilitated over 40,000 transplants in all 50 states and 17 countries.
Contrary to popular belief, eye donors do not need good eyesight. In fact, anyone can sign up to be a donor, regardless of age, health or lifestyle. Get more information at www.corneas.org.
ArtworkNetwork.com creates opportunities for art by connecting buyers and sellers via the web and through consulting services. It is a one stop resource for other art related services including artist and gallery membership, business art rotation, art brokerage, leasing, framing, artist work studios, photography, delivery and installation.
The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank’s mission is to fulfill the promise of eye, organ and tissue donors in Colorado and Wyoming to help another overcome blindness through transplantation and research.