APH InSights Art — 26th Annual Juried Art Competition and Exhibition for Artists Who Are Visually Impaired and Blind

Make Waves! Make Art…

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa
Katsushika Hokusai, 1830-1833

Each year the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) invites visually impaired and blind artists of all ages to submit artwork to APH InSights Art Contest. This art competition and exhibition is exclusively for blind and visually impaired artists and draws entries from across the U.S. and around the world. Learn more about APH InSights Art.

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May 18, 2017 — We are pleased to announce the winners in the adult categories of the 2017 InSights Art Competition, as well as those artists whose artwork will be exhibited in our annual exhibition, here in Louisville, Kentucky. Congratulations to all our participating artists!

Adult Winners of the 2017 InSights Art Competition

2-Dimensional Art:

  • 1st Place, TIE — Josephine C. Hernandez, an independent artist in Garden Grove, CA
  • 1st Place, TIE — Vojko Rizvanovic, an independent artist in West Valley, UT
  • 2nd Place, TIE — Cheryl H Kinderknecht, an independent artist in Bradenton, FL
  • 2nd Place, TIE — Louise Rade, an independent artist in Poland, OH
  • Honorable Mention — Stewart Allen, an independent artist in Charlotte, NC
  • Honorable Mention — Yan Chen, an adult student at the Shede Handicapped Vocational School, in Nanning, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China
  • Honorable Mention — Frank Valliere, an independent artist in Gorham, ME
  • Honorable Mention — Kurt Weston, an independent artist in Mission Viejo, CA
  • In Show — Dorothy G. Chaffee, an independent artist in Norfolk, MA
  • In Show — Shaaron Hall-Kolb, an independent artist in Cathedral City, CA
  • In Show — Alice L. Jordan, an independent artist in Auburn, NY
  • In Show — Kevyn McIlveen, an adult student at The Lighthouse of Houston, in Houston, TX
  • In Show — Ryan Moss, an adult student at St. Mary’s Center, in Louisville, KY
  • In Show — Maria Rivette, an independent artist, in Huntsville, AL
  • In Show — Michael A. Williams, an independent artist in Memphis, TN

Sculpture:

  • 1st Place — Mary A. Newman, an independent artist in Minneapolis, MN
  • 2nd Place — Marian Jean Nylander, an independent artist in La Crosse, WI
  • 3rd Place — Roshunda Jakia Holt, an adult student at Envision, in Wichita, KS
  • Honorable Mention — Wanda L. Owens, Clovernook Center for the Blind, in Cincinnati, OH

Craft:

  • 1st Place — Lynda McKinney Lambert, an independent artist in Ellwood City, PA
  • 2nd Place — Lauren Bush, an adult student at Envision, in Wichita, KS
  • 3rd Place — Christina Kester, an adult student at Envision, in Wichita, KS
  • Honorable Mention — Jim Fordyce, an adult student at Friedman Place, in Chicago, IL
  • In Show — Jean Formentini, an adult student at Friedman Place, in Chicago, IL
  • In Show — Zofia Skrocyzynska, an adult student at Friedman Place, in Chicago, IL
  • In Show — Wally Tomasievicz, an adult student at Friedman Place, in Chicago, IL

May 16, 2017 — We are pleased to announce the student winners of the InSights Art Competition for 2017, including the students whose artwork will be displayed during the InSights Art Exhibition, in Louisville, Kentucky, during our Annual Meeting in October. Our deepest appreciation goes out to all the wonderful student competitors who entered artwork in this year’s contest.

Winners in the adult categories of 2-Dimensional Art, Sculpture, and Craft, will be announced on Thursday, May 18!

Student Winners of the 2017 InSights Art Competition

Preschool / Kindergarten Category

  • 1st Place — Raemi Stach, Harvey-Swanson Elementary School, in Ortonville, MI
  • 2nd Place — Zach Greenhow, Westmore USDB Campus, in Orem, UT
  • 3rd Place — Natalee Dominguez, The Children’s Place, in Springville, NY
  • Honorable Mention — Eleanor Mason, Special School District St. Louis Conty, in Town & Country, MO
  • In Show — Abigaile Franklin, The Children’s League, in Springville, NY
  • In Show — Tony Jackson, The Children’s League, in Springville, NY
  • In Show — Lyrik Parker, Brookhaven E.S., in Rockville, MD
  • In Show — Baxter Redinger, Visually Impaired Preschool Services, in Louisville, KY

First, Second, Third Grade Category

  • 1st Place — Ryder Drapeau, Table Mound Elementary School, in Dubuque, IA
  • 2nd Place — Ava Tabbert, Longfellow Elementary School, in Eau Claire, WI
  • 3rd Place — Leo DeSantis, Doss Elementary, in Austin, TX
  • Honorable Mention — Eden Renee Harper, Cannon School, in Concord, NC
  • Honorable Mention — Allie Wolk, Missouri School for the Blind, in St. Louis, MO
  • In Show — Isa Marsh, Overbrook School for the Blind, in Philadelphia, PA

Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Grade Category

  • 1st Place — Aislin Severn, Church Creek Elementary, in Belcamp, MD
  • 2nd Place — Kaytlyn Floyd, Hooverville Elementary School, in Waynesboro, PA
  • 3rd Place — Rowan Mathilda Todd, Sythwood Primary School, in Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • In Show — Hannah Boudiaf, Las Positas Elementary, in La Habra, CA
  • In Show — Derrick Craig Day, Mechanicsville Elementary School, in Sykesville, MD
  • In Show — Anastasia Gray, Missouri School for the Blind, in St Louis, MO
  • In Show — Tamyah Jordan, Tennessee School for the Blind, in Nashville, TN
  • In Show — Qian Liu, Changsha Special Education School, in Changsha, Hunan
  • In Show — Alijah Murray, Washington State School for the Blind, in Vancouver, WA
  • In Show — Lucy Ye, P.S. 162 John Golden School, in Queens, NY
  • In Show — Anthony Zezulka, Meadowview Intermediate School, SASD, in Sparta, WI

Seventh, Eighth, Ninth Grade Category

  • 1st Place — Kiersten King, Fayetteville-Manlivs High School, in Manlius, NY
  • 2nd Place — Joesf Brott, NCECBVI, in Nebraska City, NE
  • 3rd Place — Lilli Mann, Wahpeton High School, in Wahpeton, ND
  • Honorable Mention — Timeka Giroux, Westford School, in Westford, VT
  • In Show — Grace Baer, Sexton High School, in Lansing, MI
  • In Show — Abdulrazzak Dalati, Kentucky School for the Blind, in Louisville, KY
  • In Show — Guo Gan, Changsha Special Education School, in Changsha, Hunan, People’s Republic of China
  • In Show — Seth Kadlec, Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who Blind/VI, in Nebraska City, NE
  • In Show — Jackson Lambert, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, in Colorado Springs, CO
  • In Show — Yongkang Li, Changsha Special Education School, in Changsha, Hunan, People’s Republic of China
  • In Show — Steven Marcano, The New York Institute for Special Education, in Bronx, NY
  • In Show — Kesha Eleison Meeks, Appling County Elementary School, in Baxley, GA
  • In Show — Shaylin Peterson, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, in Colorado Springs, CO

Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth Grade Category

  • 1st Place — Virdiana Nakayama Lozano, Mundelein High School, in Mundelein, IL
  • 2nd Place — Hesler Cardenas, Gainesville High School, in Gainesville, GA
  • 3rd Place — Reggie Evans, Georgia Academy for the Blind, in Macon, GA
  • Honorable Mention — Evelin Rios-Perez, Carl Hayden High School, in Phoenix, AZ
  • Honorable Mention — Josh Wichman, NCECBVI, in Nebraska City, NE
  • Honorable Mention — Doua Xiong, Clovis East High School, in Clovis, CA
  • In Show — Zyshaun Cross-Williams, Missouri School for the Blind, in St. Louis, MO
  • In Show — Kimberly Flores, Sunny Hills High School, in Fullerton, CA
  • In Show — Erik Jensen, Superior Public High School, in Superior, NE
  • In Show — Jessica Karim, New York Institute for Special Education, in Bronx, NY
  • In Show — Kameron Kimsey, Georgia Academy for the Blind, in Macon, GA
  • In Show — Finley Lindbery, Davis Senior High School, in Davis, CA
  • In Show — Christina Mertz, Overbrook School for the Blind, in Philadelphia, PA
  • In Show — Brysheen Payne, Overbrook School for the Blind, in Philadelphia, PA
  • In Show — Tiondra Pollard, Missouri School for the Blind, in St. Louis, MO
  • In Show — Guillermo Ramirez, NCECBVI, in Nebraska City, NE
  • In Show — Kaylee Robles, Churchill High School, in Livonia, MI
  • In Show — Heather Thaller, Missouri School for the Blind, in St. Louis, MO
  • In Show — Dionna Towns, Missouri School for the Blind, in St. Louis, MO
  • In Show — Anna Catherine Walker, Boiling Springs High School, in Boiling Springs, PA
  • In Show — Cheng Xiong, Clovis East High School, in Clovis, CA

Ungraded Category

  • 1st Place — Emily Kozisek, NCECBVI, in Nebraska City, NE
  • 2nd Place — Austin Kerr, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, in St. Augustine, FL
  • 3rd Place — Donte Murphy, California School for the Blind, in Fremont, CA
  • In Show — Milliken Bartlett, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, in St. Augustine, FL
  • In Show — Cheyanne Gardner, Indiana School for the Blind, in Indianapolis, IN
  • In Show — Cody Shand, Mississquoi Valley Union High School, in Swanton, VT

If you have questions, e-mail Rob Guillen, Special Programs Coordinator at email hidden; JavaScript is required, or call 502-899-2242.

Artists in the News

We love it when artists who have entered the InSights Art Contest make the news, and we want to share their stories with you. If you know an InSights Artist who has been featured in the news recently, let us know. We’ll be happy to post it here.

“Dubuque Art Student Wins National Award”

KCRG News, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, filmed this report on Reece Drapeau, a grade school student who won first place for his wonderful piece, “Four Seasons” for the 2016 contest. Congratulations, Reece!

Painting of a tree in various seasons, by Reece Drapeau

“Introducing Lynda Lambert, Seasoned Writer and Artist”

AFB’s online magaine, VisionAware wrote a beautiful article about Lynda Lambert, an artist who won third place for her extraordinary beaded work, “My Bleeding Heart,” in the 2016 contest.

Beaded jewelry, by Lynda Lambert

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About APH InSights Art

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APH InSights, an annual juried competition and exhibition, is organized by APH for artists of all ages with vision loss. International in scope, this project reflects our mission to promote independence of people who are blind and visually impaired by encouraging individuals to create original art.

Around 500 entries in all types of media are received each year. Judges from Louisville’s education and art community select pieces for display at the APH Annual Meeting in October. Prize winners are invited to come to Louisville to receive their awards at an evening banquet. Artwork from entries may also be reproduced in the APH InSights Art Calendar and as images on greeting cards. The entry form for the competition is available in February of each year.

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