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

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Cool Science Images 2019 is almost here….

Come to the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery (9th floor, Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research) to view the winning entries from the 2019 Cool Science Image competition.  

September 16 – December 13, 2019

Please join us at the Opening Reception & Celebration of Five Years of the Mandelbaum & Albert Family Vision Gallery: Monday, September 16th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.  Appetizers & beverages will be served.

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 is the 5th year that the McPherson ERI has partnered with University Communications to showcase the contest’s entries. UW Communications is grateful for the Promega Corporation’s support of the Cool Science Image competition.

PARKING is available in UW-Madison lots 82 or 60, and in ramps 63 or 76.

Cool Science Images 2019 poster


Current Exhibit ends on September 6th!

Photography Mimics Vision

June 17 – September 6, 2019


Photography Mimics Vision postcard

In our sense of vision, light is focused on a light-sensitive surface, generating signals that are sent to and interpreted by the brain.  Photography involves many analogous steps.   This exhibit features the work of five artists whose photographs highlight some of these steps in the visual process.

Featuring the work of Eric Baillies, John Kalson, Michael Brown, Steven Agard, and Cameron Gillie.


Seminar Series Schedule
Every month during semester

Fall Poster Session and Lecture by Margaret Livingstone, PhD
October 24, 2019

Cycle for Sight
Stay tuned for 2020 date!

Science Expeditions Photos
April 5-7, 2019

Vision Science Instructional Lectures

Vision Gallery
Changes periodically

Vision at the Vet School
Stay tuned for 2020 date!

8th Annual McPherson ERI Endowed Lecture
John G. Flannery, PhD  Thursday, April 16th, 2020

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.