http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29616.asp 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. // ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Application Forms * Preschool through High School use Entry Form A <2005forma.html> * Adults use Entry Form B <2005formb.html> Special Reminders for 2005 Competition * The deadline for entries for grades preschool through high school is April 1, 2005. * 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. * The deadline for entries for adult artists is April 15, 2005. * 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. * Preschool through High School entrants must send original artwork along with two copies of the entry form. o Preschool through High School use Entry Form A <2005forma.html> * 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. o 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.