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InSights Art Contest 2021

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The 2021 InSights Art Contest from APH (American Printing House for the Blind) is now open!

About InSights

For almost 30 years, The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has hosted the InSights Art Competition, an international art contest open to artists of all ages with vision loss. This program reflects APH’s mission to promote the independence of people who are blind and visually impaired by encouraging artists to create original works.

Every Spring, the InSights Art Program receives anywhere from 300 to 500 art and craft submissions. InSights then assembles a jury of art professionals to award prizes in each category, and select other notable artwork, up to 100 pieces each year.

All selected artwork will be displayed at the InSights Art Exhibition, which happens every October, coinciding with APH’s Annual Meeting. Winners are invited to a festive Awards Banquet, also held at that time, when the artists are honored for their achievements.

Who Qualifies

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.

Judging Categories

Artists can enter one original artwork per year, either as an adult artist, or as a grade school student, in the following categories:

  • Preschool / Kindergarten students
  • Grades 1, 2, 3
  • Grades 4, 5, 6
  • Grades 7, 8, 9
  • Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Ungraded students (students not working at their grade level, or students with multiple disabilities)
  • Adult Craft
  • Adult Sculpture
  • Adult 2-Dimensional Art

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.

Submission Guidelines

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, pottery, beading, or finished fashion apparel, are also welcome. All work must be original and handmade, not constructed from a kit. Only one artwork may be entered in this competition.

Enter the Competition

The 2021 Entry Form is now available for download as an accessible PDF. To download this document, which has complete rules and entry forms, visit the following link:

The 2021 InSights Art Entry Form

The deadline is MARCH 26, 2021.

Learn more.

Event Date: 

Mar 26, 2021