Each year, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) invites artists who are visually impaired or blind to submit artwork to its “InSights Art Contest.” The competition and exhibition draw entries from across the country and around the world.
The winning artwork will be on display this weekend, Oct. 4-6, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville.
Established in 1992, the juried competition opens in December, and contestants can submit their entries until late April. In May, judges from the education and art community select winners and other pieces for the exhibit to be displayed during the APH Annual Meeting in October.
For the 2018 competition, 360 total entries were received. About a dozen of them were from contestants in Kentucky.
The winning artists will travel to Louisville and receive a ribbon (first, second and third place, plus honorable mentions) or a certificate at the Awards Banquet, which will be held Friday evening.
Artists are joined at the event by their families and APH’s trustees, educators, special education professionals, superintendents, Kentucky Department of Education officials and many others in the field.
The banquet is preceded by a “Meet the Artists” event, where guests can meet and mingle with the artists and others in attendance.
“It’s an uplifting event that is meaningful for all who attend,” said Rob Guillen, the Awards Banquet host and special programs coordinator of APH. Attendance at the banquet is by invitation only, but Guillen invites the community to stop by the exhibit and enjoy the unique, creative works. “It’s a remarkable exhibit with some amazing art.”
The 2018 “InSights Art Contest” will feature more than 90 pieces of art and will be open free to the public at the Hyatt Regency, 320 W. Jefferson St. Some of the artwork will be for sale. Exhibit times are 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5; and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6.