Blind artist Emilie Gossiaux offers workshop to NWSA visual arts and dance students to highlight the importance of experiential art

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Emilie Gossiaux a blind artist speaking to students.Miami, FL – High school visual art and dance students from New World School of the Arts will have the unique opportunity of welcoming and collaborating with blind artist Emilie Gossiaux during a three-day workshop designed to highlight the importance of creating art that can be experienced through senses other than sight. Emilie Gossiaux is a recent graduate of The Cooper Union whose works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City are helping to make the museum more user friendly for visually impaired visitors.
“After art students meet and work with Emilie they never make art the same again,” highlights Jenny Gifford, NWSA visual arts professor who played in integral role in Gossiaux’s visit to New World School of the Arts. “In this workshop students will create experiential pieces for others to feel, touch, and smell. That helps students realize that visual arts can utilize all the other senses to help communicate on profound levels.”
The three-day workshop, on March 14, 15, and 16 at New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami, will allow participating students to create works utilizing senses. Dance professor Lara Murphy alongside professor Jenny Gifford will work with their students to help them become more aware of space and interactions.
“The collaboration with the dance students promises to yield an understanding about authentic interactions and trust. After seeing how the student body at The Cooper Union responded to Emilie after she returned to complete her degree - post the accident that left her blind - I realized the power of her inspiration, explained Gifford. “ Other art students began to make art with Emilie in mind, and this inspired them to create art that could be experienced on more levels than just sight.”
Accompanied by Jenny Gifford, Gossiaux will be presenting her workshops on March 17 to teachers from around the nation during the National Art Educator’s Association Convention in Chicago.
Gossiaux grew up in New Orleans, LA and attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts public magnet arts high school until hurricane Katrina closed the school temporarily sending her to attend the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, a public magnet arts high school in West Palm Beach. While attending the Cooper Union Gossiaux suffered a traumatic accident on her bike in Brooklyn. She recovered but tragically was left completely blind from the accident. This was especially challenging since she had been coping with progressive hearing loss from a childhood infection. Most recently, Emilie had an art show of her recent sculptures at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan where she gave workshops and a school-wide lecture to students about her life and career.
About NWSA: The distinguished history of the New World School of the Arts began in 1984 when the Florida State Legislature established the institution to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means to achieve both an academic education and artistic training. In September 1986, NWSA opened its doors to students in grades ten through twelve. NWSA’s audition-based programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater. New WorldSchool of the Arts offers the high school diploma as well as a four-year BFA or BM college degree.
The academic music curriculum at New World School of the Arts fosters creativity and develops knowledge of musical heritage. Course work strives to develop the student's growth and maturity in comprehensive artistry. Areas of concentration include Drawing, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts.
It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
For more information about this effort please contact NWSA professor Jenny Gifford at 305-237-3135 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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