[accessibleimage] APH InSights 2005: Visions From the Mind

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Annual Art Competition for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Legally blind children and adults from all over the world participate in 
the annual InSights art competition sponsored by the American Printing 
House for the Blind.


http://www.aph.org/ia2004/2005entry.html

APH InSights 2005: Visions From the Mind

*Fourteenth Annual Juried Art Competition and Exhibition for Artists Who 
Are Visually Impaired or Blind*

Deadlines for Entry: April 1, 2005, for Preschool through High School 
and April 15, 2005, for Adults

Time Is Melting Away -- Enter APH InSights 2005 Today!

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) invites visually 
impaired and blind artists of all ages to submit one artwork each to APH 
InSights 2005! This art competition and exhibition is exclusively for 
blind artists and draws entries from across the U.S. and around the 
world. Please review the rules below to find out how you or your 
students can participate.


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Application Forms

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      Preschool through High School use Entry Form A <2005forma.html>

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      Adults use Entry Form B <2005formb.html>

Special Reminders for 2005 Competition

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      The deadline for entries for grades preschool through high school
      is April 1, 2005.


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      Adult artists are not required to send original artwork for
      judging, but may send slides, along with their entry form,
      instead. Adults entering certain types of work MUST send slides
      instead of the actual work. Please read the portions of the form
      marked "To Enter" and "Shipping" for details about this procedure.


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      The deadline for entries for adult artists is April 15, 2005.

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      APH will insure the artwork while it is in our possession and when
      we return ship it, but the artist is responsible for shipping
      insurance of the incoming work. If you do not declare a value for
      your work, it may not be insured at all. When you ship your work,
      inquire about the shipper's policy regarding insurance of artwork.
      Many of the major carriers have limits of $100.00 or less on the
      amount for which they will insure artwork.


2005 Art Competition/Exhibition

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) announces APH InSights 
2005, an art competition and exhibition for visually impaired or blind 
artists of all ages. The exhibition will be shown in Louisville, 
Kentucky and also worldwide on APH's web site. Works in the exhibition 
will be selected from entries submitted for jurying. Award winners will 
be selected from the juried exhibition.


Eligibility For Entering Artwork

Any person who meets this definition of blindness may enter artwork: 
corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, or a visual 
field limited to 20 degrees or less. This includes those who function at 
the definition of blindness (FDB), listed above, due to brain injury or 
dysfunction.

Deadline For Entries

Preschool through High School: Entries must reach us by April 1, 2005. 
Adult Artists: Entries must reach us by April 15, 2005.

Criteria And Judging

Works will be selected on the basis of originality of concept, 
expressive use of media, and artistic excellence. Artists may not 
receive help in the execution of the artwork. The artwork must be 
created by the artist, with minimal assistance from anyone else. The 
work of students in preschool through 12th grade will be judged in grade 
placement categories; the work of adult artists will be judged in 
categories according to medium. The judge(s) will be a professional in 
the art gallery/art museum field, an art educator, and/or a practicing 
artist.

Awards

All entrants to APH InSights will receive a letter of appreciation and a 
certificate. Award winners will receive a cash award and a ribbon. They 
will be invited to come to Louisville to receive their awards at the 
fall meeting of APH Ex Officio Trustees. Last year, fifteen 
award-winners attended the award presentation. (While APH cannot pay the 
full travel cost of those attending, a stipend to assist with travel is 
available.)

Media And Subjects Accepted

Two- and three-dimensional works in any visual art medium may be 
submitted. Types of work may include, but are not limited to: painting; 
drawing; printmaking; and crafts such as pottery, metalwork, fiber, etc. 
The artwork may depict any subject of the artist's choosing. All work 
must be original and handmade, not constructed from a pattern or kit.

To Enter

All participants may enter only one piece of artwork.

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      Preschool through High School entrants must send original artwork
      along with two copies of the entry form.

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            Preschool through High School use Entry Form A <2005forma.html>

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      Most adult entrants may choose to send a slide of the artwork OR
      to send the actual artwork along with two copies of the entry
      form. However, those artists whose artwork is valued at more than
      $500.00 MUST send slides instead of the actual artwork. If their
      work is accepted for the exhibition, they will be notified to send
      the artwork.

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            Adults use Entry Form B <2005formb.html>

Artists may send up to four slides of the one artwork they intend to 
enter. If the work is a painting, a front view of the picture and a 
detail will usually be adequate to let the judges understand the work. 
If it is a three-dimensional piece, four slides showing different views 
of the piece may be more appropriate. Send only 35 mm slides that fit a 
standard projector. Label the slide to show which side is the top. 
Indicate the dimensions of the artwork on the entry form. Call us for 
tips on how to prepare slides of your work.

Once a work juried from slides has been accepted into the show and sent 
to APH, it may still be omitted from the exhibition if it differs 
substantially from the way it was shown in the slide.

Framing, etc.

Matting, framing, etc., are not required. APH will prepare for display 
those pieces chosen for the exhibition.

Art Sales

Visitors to the exhibition may wish to purchase an artwork. Please be 
sure to indicate whether your art is for sale. A 10% handling charge 
will be added to the selling price of each artwork.

Notification/Return Of Artwork

A letter of acceptance, award, or non-acceptance for the exhibition will 
be mailed to each entrant by August 1, 2005. Work not selected for the 
exhibition will be returned by November 1, 2005. Some artwork may be 
kept until February, 2006, in order to consider it for calendar, cards, 
or other use.

APH Card Art/Calendar Art

APH staff may choose to select submitted works to be reproduced as note 
cards or as calendar images. If selected, works will be reproduced in 
full color with information about the artist in print and braille. The 
artists will receive a gift of 50 cards or 5 calendars featuring their 
artwork.

Shipping

Ship original artwork, or slides to APH to the address listed. Incoming 
entries must be shipped at the expense of the artist. APH will pay for 
return shipping. Contact APH before sending works that are very large, 
heavy, or require special installation. Please send two copies of the 
entry form with your artwork or slide.

Insurance

Insurance of entries during incoming shipping is the responsibility of 
the artist. APH will insure the artwork while it is in our possession. 
APH will purchase insurance from the shipping company when returning 
items. Work will be insured for the same amount as that indicated for 
"price" on the entry form, unless other arrangements have been made. APH 
will not insure artworks, either while in its possession or during 
return shipping, if the value placed on the artwork is inappropriate. 
Contact APH before sending artworks that are valued at more than $500.00.

Ship Entries to:

APH InSights (MUST BE INCLUDED ON THE LABEL)
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-3152

Answers To Questions:

Phone: 502-895-2405 or Toll Free: 800-223-1839, ext. 357
Fax: 502-899-2363 or E-mail: rwilliams@xxxxxxx <mailto:rwilliams@xxxxxxx>

"Special Touch" Art Products

APH has created special cards and a calendar that reproduce artwork from 
past APH InSights competitions. To purchase items, call us at 
1-800-223-1839. U.S. customers can also shop at www.aph.org

Visit APH InSights On The Web

Tour our virtual art gallery <index.html> on our accessible web site, 
currently featuring the APH InSights 2004 exhibition. The 69 artworks 
now being shown were selected from 542 entries received in 2004. Perhaps 
in 2005 you'll see your work appear on the Web as well!

Release

Entry to APH InSights implies permission for APH to reproduce artwork, 
to retain artwork for up to one year for display purposes, and to 
publicize the artist by releasing any information provided on the entry 
form. Entry also implies permission to photograph the artist for 
publicity purposes during the fall awards ceremony in Louisville.



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