Upcoming JCC Art Exhibit To Highlight Disease, Recovery
An upcoming art exhibit to be held jointly at Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses will explore and visualize disease and recovery through the works of Elizabeth Jameson and Ted Meyer.
The exhibition will be displayed simultaneously at the Weeks Gallery in Jamestown and the Center Gallery in Olean from Thursday, Feb. 15, through Tuesday, March 27. Opening receptions, free and open to the public, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, and Friday, Feb. 16, at the Jamestown and Olean locations, respectively.
The exhibitions will feature works that incorporate diagnostic brain scans, photographs and rubbings taken from body scars. Dr. Patricia Briggs, Weeks Gallery director, said the impetus for these exhibitions grew out of a desire expressed by JCC nursing faculty and others to see works displayed with a medical theme. Jameson and Meyer were chosen because their works complement each another visually and thematically.
Jameson was an active mother and lawyer when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Devastated, she initially turned to art as a distraction. Her artwork took on greater significance when she began to use her diagnostic MRIs as source material.
“Since my diagnosis, I have continually undergone brain scans to track the progression of my disease,” Jameson said. “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.”
Jameson’s artwork is shown in medical centers, medical schools and at medical conferences. Her work was exhibited at the International Brain-Mapping Conference in Vancouver in 2017, and are on permanent display at the Shepherd Center for Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, Ga., the John Paul II Rehabilitation Center in Borne Sulinowo, Poland, and the Porter Neuroscience Research Center Building at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Some of Jameson’s works will become part of JCC’s permanent art collection and will be installed in the Allied Health Sciences Center on JCC’s Olean Campus where nursing courses are taught. Additionally, Jameson will donate a selection of her works to the local health care agency named the 2018 JCC partner Agency of Distinction.
Meyer, a nationally recognized artist and patient advocate, is a lifelong patient of Gaucher Disease, an enzyme deficiency that affects bones and joints. He took his early hospital experiences and turned them into artistic inspiration.
For the last 16 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 the scars people have received from accidents, surgeries, assaults and self-inflicted wounds.
Meyer exhibits these abstract rubbings with photographic portraits of his subjects and stories about injury and recovery written in their own words. “Scarred for Life” reveals that stories about trauma are also stories about courage and healing.
Meyer will also facilitate workshops with students in JCC’s art and occupational therapy assistant programs. He will offer remarks regarding “Scarred for Life” at each of next week’s opening receptions.
Briggs will present an informal discussion of the exhibition at the Weeks Gallery on Thursday, March 8, at noon.
Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 338-1301 or visit sunyjcc.edu.