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About this Exhibit


Color Vision and Art is one of several exhibits in the WebExhibits online museum, all of which promote discovery through multidisciplinary approaches that support all learning styles. WebExhibits is a public service of the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA).

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Curated by Michael Douma. Art historical contributions by Marion Arnold, Simone Mathews, and Outi Remes. Edited by Sally Smith. For more information, see bibliography and contributors.


Color Vision and Art is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, FIPSE (P116B011454). WebExhibits welcomes corporate sponsorships, and can assist you in identifying exhibits that are aligned with your community relations and marketing goals.