Vision Gallery

The Cool Science Image Contest Exhibition has arrived!

Between September 24 and December 17, 2021, you can see the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Cool Science Image Contests in the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery on the 9th floor of the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research.

The annual Cool Science Image Contest Exhibition features work from scientists, staff, and students at UW-Madison. The striking images illustrate oft-hidden features of the natural world key to research and studies undertaken on campus. This year, we are featuring Cool Science Image Contest winners from 2020 and 2021!

This is the 7th year that the McPherson ERI has partnered with University Communications to showcase the contest’s entries. UW Communications is grateful for Promega Corporation’s support of the Cool Science Image competition.


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

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

The Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery is currently closed to visitors.

In the Vision Gallery, through 2020:

Demystify Exhibit Poster



Cycle for Sight
Spring 2022 Date TBA

13th Annual Vision Science Lecture featuring Steven Franconeri, 4pm on Sept. 16, 2021

Fall Graduate Student Vision Research Symposium, Noon on Nov. 4, 2021

Fall 2021 Seminar Schedule

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.