WHEN SEEING IS BELIEVING
Blind students inspire sighted peers
Summer in NYC by Ashley Geary.
JONATHON WAHL, AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE—SUBMITTED IMAGES
merican Printing House (APH) believes that artists who are blind should have a place to showcase their work. InSights Art is an annual juried competition for artists of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. Held in Louisville each year, APH has received artwork from all 50 states and many countries across the globe. This year will be the 27th year for the contest.
This year a group of 17 high school students at the Texas School for the Blind took home first place in their category for a stop motion film they created named Purr-Fect Dream. Their piece will be on display from on October 4-6 in Louisville, Kentucky.
"Strike up the Band" by blind student Clara Scelsi.
Adelyn Granger is one of those artists. “This contest means we get to showcase that people who are visually impaired, like myself, can enjoy and create art as well as any other human, even if it’s in a different form,” said Granger. She says the project pushed her outside of her comfort zone and allowed all of her classmates to share their creativity.
Splashes of paint over a drawing called "Recess" by Kaden Wilson.
“Young artists come into the exhibit space and search the whole gallery for their artwork, and then start jumping up and down when they find it. They are so excited to experience their artwork, on display in a public exhibit,” explained Robert Guillen, Special Programs Coordinator at APH. The competition gives people who are blind an opportunity to not only have their artwork seen by a public audience, but also to have it critiqued by a panel of artists.
“The strong affirmation this contest provides feeds the creative life of each artist, which is especially important for artists who are blind or visually impaired. So often they have been told that they cannot do something, and that includes art,” said Guillen.
"Lobstering on Monhegan Island, Maine" by sighthed student Dorothy Chaffe.
The 17 students who worked on the video are: Adelyn Granger, Maycie Gonzales, Jordan Price, Hector Lara, Ash Edmondson, Bethany Thedford, Sha'Mya Gipson, Haydar Ghafori, Dimitri Deese, Devin Gutierrez, Terynay Long, Zack Croteau, Damonte Fitzgerald, Ethan Walton, Jordan Lackey, Jordan Lister, and Olivia Hernandez.
The Purr-fect Dream by 17 blind Texas students.
If you have any questions, or need more information, contact the Public Relations Manager at American Printing House. Additional artist quotes are available.
InSights Art Exhibit
October 4-6: Thursday 1-5pm, Friday 8am-5pm, and Saturday 8am-noon. Hyatt Regency: 320 S 4th St, Louisville, KY
About American Printing House for the Blind
The American Printing House for the Blind is a worldwide leader in designing innovative lifelong learning solutions for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. In this fast-changing world, we believe in the power and necessity of learning to open the doors to educational success, satisfying employment, social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal well-being. We level the learning playing field by providing specialized technology, materials, products, and services that are essential for education and life. The American Printing House for the blind is headquartered at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, please visit www.aph.org.
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