Vision Gallery

Explore works of art by scientists, artists, and curators working at the intersections of visual art, visual processing, and vision science in the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery

On display in the McPherson ERI’s Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery, June 16th-September 2nd…Art from Science.

Art from Science poster
Artworks created in response to science images from McPherson ERI member research.







Previous Exhibit

THE EYE AS IMAGE. This show, featuring works in which the image of the eye plays a prominent role, contains both reproductions of historical artworks and original works by contemporary artists. The significance of the eye may be apparent in some works, while in others its meaning may be more obscure. Yet the importance of the eye in human experience gives each work its own particular potency. Images of eyes are powerful communicators and symbols, because eyes themselves are so.

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Most works in this exhibit are for sale. If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please contact Gail Stirr, gallery coordinator:

You may also contact artists directly via their respective websites.

Websites of the artists in The Eye As Image
Amy Carani –
Gregory Frederic –
John Walté –
Justin D. Miller –
Pamela Ruschman –
Karen Nell McKean –

Brochure . Mission and Vision Statements . Details for Artists . Dedication Ceremony . Google Map to Vision Gallery   PDF Map to Vision Gallery . Past Exhibits


Vision Science Lecture with Dr. Dan-Eric Nilsson
Oct. 20, 2022

Fall 2022 Seminar Series

Cycle for Sight 2023: Date TBD donate online

Vision Gallery
Changes periodically

About the McPherson ERI Vision Gallery

Through innovative exhibitions and programming, the Mandelbaum and Albert Family Vision Gallery promotes the interdisciplinary study of vision in the University of Wisconsin-Madison community and beyond. The McPherson ERI Vision Gallery is located on the 9th floor of WIMR at 1111 Highland Avenue immediately as you exit the elevator and is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Exhibits will change several times annually and we welcome suggestions for future exhibits. Contact Gail Stirr for details.

MERI Vision GalleryThe Gallery works to bring scientific and artistic understandings of the visual world into conversation with each other: artists speak to scientists and scientists speak to artists. Exhibits and installations may reflect how artists intuit the visual system’s power to process color and luminance, lines and form, depth, and motion, and the brain’s fascination in finding patterns and seeking faces. In turn, exhibits may inspire aesthetic interpretation and appreciation of the tools and artisanship integral to science. Finally, gallery works may display how visual artists re-interpret and re-purpose science as a framework for understanding our world.

The Gallery was dedicated and opened May 8, 2014, and is named for the extended family which encompasses the families of David and Nathan Mandelbaum, founding supporters of the McPherson ERI, as well as Dr. Daniel Albert. Guests at the dedication heard remarks from Provost Paul DeLuca, McPherson ERI Founding Director Daniel Albert, Senior Associate Dean Richard Moss, McPherson ERI Director David Gamm, and UW Regent David Walsh.