- Class Year 2007
- Degree B.A. Art History
As the interpretation manager at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Peggy Sell, ’07, who was always passionate about advocating for those with disabilities, started a program to make art accessible for all. Peggy, who also holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Denver, created Close Encounters, a program that is open to people of all ages and seeks to provide educational opportunities for patrons with little to no vision to interact with gallery artworks in ways they never have (or could) before. Participants utilize tactile tools and conversation to connect with artworks in the museum’s permanent collection. Though the success of Close Encounters has been of paramount importance at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, her work is far from finished. Peggy says she plans to grow the program to include more variety in the tactile versions of the paintings as well as sculpture.
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Part of the driving force in my work is what has been ingrained in me through my Jesuit education: to be a person for others.