APH InSights 2008, the annual international art competition hosted by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), will be showcased at The Seelbach Hilton Hotel on Thursday, October 2, from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Friday, October 3, 2008 from 8:00 AM
until 5:00 PM and Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 8:00 AM until noon during
the 140th annual meeting of Ex Officio Trustees of APH. Admission to the
exhibition is free and the public is invited to meet the artists on Friday,
October 3 from 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM.
This is the seventeenth year for the competition, which features
seventy-eight works by artists from the U. S. and Canada. Participants range
from preschool children to senior citizens and include professional artists,
as well as hobbyists and school art classes. Entries cover a wide range of
subjects in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and
The whimsical "Serengeti Migration Vase" by Jane
Strohmeier of Cincinnati, Ohio features trees, snakes, giraffes, and other
wildlife winding over the surface of this two-foot high clay piece.
The painting, "Sometimes I Get So Hungry," by Marc
Vargas, of Nashville, Tennessee, shows a rather sad and emaciated man
reaching for food from an almost-barren tree whose leafless branches hold a
single piece of fruit.
A tall snowman is being built in the picture, "Family
Fun," created by a kindergartener from Manlius, New York. The snowman seems
to be part of the family. It has a big smile on its face, a colorful scarf,
hat, and boots; it appears to dance with the children even as they pile on
The exhibition includes the first, second, and third place winners
chosen in each of the nine categories, along with a selection of other
entries. Two judges from Louisville selected the featured works from 425
entries. Awards for APH InSights 2008 will be presented on Friday, October 3
at a special invitation-only ceremony where thirty-five blind or visually
impaired artists will be honored, thirteen of them coming to Louisville to
receive their awards in person.
APH InSights is organized by the American Printing House for the Blind for
visually impaired and blind artists of all ages. The show reflects APH's
mission to "promote the independence of blind persons" by encouraging
individuals to create original art. For more information about APH Insights
2008 please call (502) 899-2357 or visit www.aph.org.
2008 marks the 150th anniversary of The American Printing House for the
Blind. APH is the world's largest company devoted solely to researching,
developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually
impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the
United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the
Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually
impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level.
APH manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded,
and computer disc formats. APH also manufactures hundreds of educational,
recreational, and daily living products. APH's fully-accessible web site
(www.aph.org) features information about APH products and services, online
ordering of products, and free information on a wide variety of
blindness-related topics. One popular feature of the site is the Louis
Database, a free tool to help locate accessible books available from
organizations across the U.S. APH products can be ordered through Louis.
The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort
Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or
log on to <http://www.aph.org/ > www.aph.org.