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Exhibit Opening at JCC's Olean Campus Offers New Ways to Visualize Disease and Recovery

Elizabeth Jameson's “Valentine” is an inkjet print based on the artist’s MRI.
Ted Meyer used gouache and prismacolor pencil on vellum for his “Back Scar T-12, L-1.”

OLEAN, NY -- A new exhibition, titled “Artist/Patient/Advocate: Works by Elizabeth Jameson and Ted Meyer,” offers new ways of visualizing disease and recovery.

Opening Friday from 6-8 p.m. in the Center Gallery on the Jamestown Community College Olean campus, this exhibit features artwork that incorporates diagnostic brain scans, photographs and rubbings taken from body scars. Los Angeles-based artist Ted Meyer will give a talk at the reception. The event is free and open to the public. Appetizers and beverages will be served.

Meyer is a lifelong patient of Gaucher disease, an enzyme deficiency that affects bones and joints, who took his early hospital experiences and turned them into artistic inspiration. He is now a nationally recognized artist and patient advocate.

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For the last 16 years Meyer has worked on “Scarred for Life,” a project about surgical experiences and scars of others. Meyer uses paint and vellum paper to create rubbings that trace scars people have received from accidents, surgeries, assaults and sometimes from self-inflicted wounds. He exhibits these abstract rubbings with a photographic portrait of the subject and a story about the injury and recovery written in their own words. Meyer’s “Scarred for Life” project is not only about trauma and injury, but courage and healing as well.

Elizabeth Jameson began making artwork from her diagnostic medical MRIs when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“Since my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, 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.”

In 2017 Jameson’s artwork was exhibited at the International Brain-Mapping Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and it is on permanent display in medical centers such at the Shepherd Center for Spinal Cord Injury and Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta, Georgia, 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, Maryland. Following the Center Gallery exhibition, some of Jameson’s works will become part of JCC’s permanent collection and will be displayed in the Allied Health and Sciences Center, where JCC nursing courses are taught.

The exhibition will runs through March 27. The Center Gallery at 260 North Union, on the second floor, is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends and all college holidays.

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