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HMA to Present “InSights: Visionary Art by Artists who are Blind”

The Huntington Museum of Art will present the exhibit titled InSights: Visionary Art by Artists who are Blind from Dec. 7, 2021, to Jan. 9, 2022. The public is invited to attend the “2021 American Printing House for the Blind Huntington Speaker Series Session: Inclusive Arts”  event on Dec. 7, 2021, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Huntington Museum of Art. Admission to this Dec. 7 event is free. 

The “2021 APH Huntington Speaker Series Session: Inclusive Arts” will begin with a reception and viewing of the exhibition in HMA’s Virginia Van Zandt Great Hall from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a guided tour of selections from the APH InSights Art collection, an annual juried exhibition featuring artists who are blind or visually impaired from around the world, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The event concludes with a panel discussion from 7 to 7:30 p.m.  

Robert Guillen, Special Programs Coordinator at APH and curator of the Insights Art exhibition, will lead the 6:30 p.m. guided tour of two-and three-dimensional selections, including painting, sculpture, and craft, from the Insights Art exhibition and share information about the history of Insights Art, its featured artists, and the impact of this exhibition opportunity.  

The 7 p.m. panel discussion on the impact of inclusive arts will take place in the HMA’s Grace Rardin Doherty Auditorium and will feature Guillen; Kathleen Kneafsey, HMA Visual Artist in Residence and teacher of the HMA clay studio class for people who are blind or visually impaired; and John Farley, HMA Senior Curator & Exhibition Designer. The APH Huntington Speaker Series: Inclusive Arts is free to attend and is presented in partnership with HMA. 

Taking place throughout 2021-2022, the “APH Huntington Speaker Series” is pleased to present a diverse series of presentations and special guest speakers addressing the experiences, challenges, opportunities, and perspectives of people who are blind or visually impaired.  

Founded in 1858 with a charter to provide accessible materials for all people in the United States who are blind, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), based in Louisville, KY, has provided innovative products and essential services to people with vision loss for more than 160 years. The mission of APH is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired by providing accessible and innovative products, materials, and services for lifelong success. Today, APH is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating accessible products and programs designed to support the educational, workplace, and independent living needs of people who are blind or visually impaired. Established in 2020, APH Huntington, a program of APH, provides access technology trainings and community learning opportunities addressing the needs of people with vision loss in Huntington. 

Since 1992, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has hosted an art contest for artists who happen to be blind. Both amateur and professional artists from around the world enter their artwork in a juried art competition. Original works of two-dimensional art, sculpture, or craft are considered each year by a panel of artists, art educators, and others in the field of art. Winners receive prizes, experience their artwork displayed in an annual exhibit, and have a chance to travel to Louisville, Kentucky — the hometown of APH — to receive their award at the annual InSights Art awards celebration. 

The APH Huntington 2021-2022 Speaker Series is supported in part by the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington and The James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable Trust. Learn more about APH Huntington by contacting Lee Huffman at [email protected] or 304-634-1120. Learn about APH at www.aph.org.  

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. 

To learn more about events at the Huntington Museum of Art, visit hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701. HMA is fully accessible. 

West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. Registration does not imply endorsement.