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Enter APH InSights 2018! Competition Rules & Info

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The Jolly Boatmen
George Caleb Bingham, 1846

27th Annual Juried Art Competition and Exhibition for Artists Who Are Visually Impaired and Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) invites visually impaired and blind artists of all ages to submit artwork to APH InSights 2018! 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. Please review the rules below to find out how you or your students can participate.

PDF Entry Form for Printing—Please note that the deadline for all entries has been extended to April 6, 2018.

2018 Art Competition/Exhibition

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) announces APH InSights 2018, an art competition and exhibition for visually impaired and blind artists of all ages. The exhibition will be shown in Louisville, Kentucky and also worldwide on APH’s website. 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 the following definition of blindness may enter artwork: corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye (determined by a Snellen Chart), 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

Deadline for all artists has been extended to April 6, 2018.

Criteria And Judging

Works will be selected on the basis of originality of concept, expressive use of media, and artistic excellence. 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.


All entrants to APH InSights will receive a letter of appreciation and a certificate. Award winners will receive a monetary 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, several 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

Artworks in any visual art medium may be submitted. The work may be two-dimensional (including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, and collage) or three-dimensional (sculptures created from wood, stone, paper, clay, or a mixture of materials). Crafts such as weaving, woodwork, and pottery are also welcome. All work must be original and handmade, not constructed from a kit. Only one artwork may be entered in this competition.

To Enter

All participants must send two paper copies of the entry form and may enter only one piece of artwork.

Preschool through High School entrants must send original artwork.

Most adult entrants may choose to send a digital image of the artwork on a CD, flash drive, or by email, OR to send the actual artwork. However, those artists whose artwork is valued at more than $500.00 MUST send digital images instead of the actual artwork. If their work is accepted for the exhibition, they will be notified to send the artwork.

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. Indicate on the form whether your art is for sale. A 10% handling fee that APH will keep 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. Work not selected for the exhibition will be returned by November 1, 2018. Some artwork may be kept until February 2019, in order to consider it for calendar, cards, or other use.

APH Calendar Art

APH staff may choose to select submitted works to be reproduced 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 5 calendars featuring their artwork.

“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

Special Reminders for 2018 Art Competition

The deadline for entries for grades Preschool through High School is April 6, 2018.

Adult artists are not required to send original artwork for judging, but may send digital images, along with their entry form, instead. 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 6, 2018.

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.


Answers to Questions

Toll-free: 800-223-1839, ext. 242
Local: 502-899-2242
Fax: 502-899-2363
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Ship original artwork, or digital images (only adult artists may send digital images) to APH at the address listed below. 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, require special installation, or exceed $500 in value. Please send two copies of the entry form with your artwork or digital image.


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:

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-3152


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.