“1958 Aston Martin” by Russell Schermer of Chico, Calif.

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.

“The Lion with Pride” by Caden Drier of Fall Creek, Wis.

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.

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James J. Natsis is a faculty member of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and the Coordinator of the International Studies degree program at West Virginia State University. He has chaired several committees on campus, and was appointed to the West Virginia Commission on International Education created by Governor Bob Wise in May 2003 that led to the creation of the WV Higher Education Policy Commission Internationalization Committee on which he served as a steering committee member for a number of years. He worked as a language assistant in a public French lycée in France for a year, is a former Peace Corp volunteer who served for two years in Chad, Sub-Saharan Africa, conducted his doctoral research in North Africa, and traveled the length of South America for 10½ months overland by backpack. He holds a BA degree in French, an MA in International Affairs—African Studies, and the Ph.D. in International Education from Ohio University. He has published a monograph, journal and special interest articles, a number of op-eds, and presented papers at many regional and national conferences. He first started writing as a guest writer for Insider Louisville in December 2013. He has directed grant projects in Benin, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Czech Republic and served as external evaluator to a project in the Ivory Coast. He has also led student trips to Quebec, Canada for a number of years. He is fluent in French and Spanish and speaks several other languages. Dr. Natsis and his wife, Kenya, reside in Louisville and have two young boys, Ashton and Aidan.