Wiesner Student Art Gallery

Stratton Student Center
MIT Building W20, Second floor

Project Prakash Photography Exhibition
Opening Reception from 4-6pm on Monday, May 2, 2016
On view: April 28 – May 6, 2016

Project Prakash cordially invites members of MIT, the public and the press to the Wiesner Student Art Gallery on May 2 to attend a photo exhibit depicting the lives of children with visual disabilities in India and the efforts and science involved in reversing their blindness.

Supported by the CAMIT Director’s Grant, the large-scale photos are the work of 4 MIT undergraduate students – Alexander Lim, Jean Chow, Tru Dang and Pedro Polanco – who traveled to Delhi during their Winter term to learn about the work of Project Prakash. The students journeyed into the villages of India and tracked the lives of patients at the Prakash Center in Delhi.

India is home of the largest population of children with curable blindness in the world. Estimates from the World Bank indicate that as many as 700,000 children suffer from visual impairment. Approximately 40% of these cases are curable. However, with little access to quality medical care and basic social services, many children remain blind. The long-term consequences include illiteracy, unemployment, discrimination and social alienation. Girls who suffer from blindness are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault, early marriage and early mortality.

“The photos tell a moving story of the lives of disadvantaged in India,” Executive Director Sheila B. Lalwani said. “Our hope through this exhibit is that people learn more about curable blindness and join the fight to end it. Everyone deserves an opportunity to live life to their potential.”

The event is free and open to the public. Light appetizers will be served.

About Project Prakash: Project Prakash is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit with a dual humanitarian and scientific mission. The humanitarian mission is to identify and provide pro bono surgery and post-operative care to blind children. The science mission of Project Prakash is to understand more about how the brain learns to see. Founded in 2005 by a noted MIT neuroscientist, Dr. Pawan Sinha, Project Prakash works across hundreds of villages across Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Bihar to identify children. To date, Project Prakash has screened 40,000 children, operated on 452 and provided eye treatment to another 1,400 through the Shroff Charity Eye Hospital in Delhi.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts Exhibition
Opening Reception from 4:30-6:30pm on May 10, 2016
On View: May – June, 2016

The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts was established in 1996 through an endowment from Harold and Arlene Schnitzer of Portland, Oregon. Schnitzer, a real estate investor, graduated from MIT in 1944 with a degree in metallurgy. The prizes are awarded to MIT students, undergraduate and graduate, for excellence in a body of artistic work.

Work by the winners of the Schnitzer Prizes will be exhibited at the Wiesner Student Art Gallery starting in May, and will remain in the gallery until July.

About the Gallery

The Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Gallery was established as a gift from the Class of 1983. The gallery honors the former president of MIT, Jerome Wiesner, for his involvement in and support of  the arts at the Institute. Located on the second floor of the Stratton Student Center, the Gallery was established as a place for students to express and exhibit their artistic endeavors, both academic and co-curricular. The artwork display system and raised platform provide a flexible space that will accommodate a diverse range of creative works from the fields of photography, painting, sketching, drawing, calligraphy, glassblowing, ceramics, sculpture, music, dance and drama. Additionally, the gallery serves as a major exhibit space for student artists who are supported by the Grants Program of the Council for the Arts at MIT.

The gallery is located in the MIT Student Center and is open 24 hours a day.

Stratton Student Center, MIT Building W20, Second floor
84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Curator: Sam Magee
Student Manager: Carmen Castaños

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