Ann has been teaching art at the Colorado Center for the Blind since 1999 but her journey into tactile art began in the early 1990’s when she wondered if her bas (low) relief stone sculptures could be accessible to people who are blind through touch. It took years but the answer to that question is a resounding, “Yes!” Now students are exploring how perspective works and what tactile art can do that visual art simply cannot.
Ann works as a full time artist and has tactile art in collections all across the country and Canada. If you are in Santa Cruz, California, stop by Pleasure Point Park to see her three accessible bronze public-art panels on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific. If you find yourself in Des Moines, Iowa stop by the Department for Blind and check out the entire exhibit there. And of course if you are at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute in Baltimore, Maryland you can get your hands on the NFB Everest Expedition Exhibit. The Center commissioned Ann to do the Colorado Mountain Mural, which was installed in the Meeting Room for our 25th Anniversary Celebration in September, 2013.
Ann makes her home in Golden, Colorado with her
husband, Charlie. They have two wonderful daughters.