2013 Friends-in-Art Exhibition: Call for Art

FIA has always worked tirelessly to promote visual arts as well as creative writing, the performing arts and music.  This year the art show has been restructured, so please read the following information carefully.
In order to gain more exposure and recognition for the participating visual artists, the FIA Art Show will be displayed within the exhibit area next to the FIA booth.   We feel this will give us a much wider audience to show and more opportunities for the artists to sell their work.  We have displayed artwork in the exhibit area in the past, which boosted attendance and exposure by a large margin.
Artists who reside in the United States and are legally blind may enter a maximum of two original, ready-to-display works of art. The areas are painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture, photography, woodworking or fiber art.  All pieces must be original works by you. No patterns or paint-by-numbers will be accepted.  We ask that all pieces be under an overall size of 36" x 36" due to space limitations in the exhibit hall.
Please call Elsie Monthei at (515) 277-0442 with any questions.
Entry Fees/Participation Information



  1. An entry fee of $10 per piece will be charged to cover the costs of display.  Fees will not be returned if the artist does not display their art work.
  2. FIA asks that you to commit to at least one 2-hour time slot at the booth as a featured artist to describe your art and techniques.  Doing this will give you an opportunity to meet other convention attendees.  Please sign up for a slot when you drop off your artwork at the show.
  3. FIA will also have a "Meet the Artists" afternoon session that we ask you to be available to attend so convention attendees have a chance to meet you and ask questions.  This event will appear on the convention registration form.

FIA asks ALL artists to call Elsie Monthei with your intent to enter at (515) 277-0442 by June 1st.  Doing this will help FIA insure that the appropriate amount of space is allocated for the show.  You may also fill out the entry form below, accompanied by check for your display fees (made out to FIA), and mail it to Elsie Monthei, 1304 39th St., Des Moines, IA 50310.
If you are bringing your artwork with you to convention, FIA will provide entry forms for the show at the convention.  Please note: You will be responsible for getting your artwork to and from the FIA show at the convention, either by bringing it with you or arranging shipping to and from the hotel. 
Liability and Insurance
All reasonable care will be given to art works in the exhibit.  Insurance during transport is the responsibility of the artist with the carrier of their choice.  Works unclaimed after July 12, 2013 will be considered a gift to FIA.  Sales are encouraged.  No commission will be charged by FIA.  FIA will not act as an agent.  All sales must be negotiated by the participants.
FIA reserves the right to reproduce works for publicity purposes.  Note: Works not ready for display can be withdrawn from the exhibit.  The names of artists may be published in "The Braille Forum" and "The Log of the Bridge Tender." (FIA publication agreement: Submission of an entry to this exhibition shall constitute agreement with all conditions in this application.)
Friends-in-Art Registration Form
(Please type the requested information in the space provided.)
Artist's Name:
Phone Numbers
1) Title
For Sale
Price $
Not for Sale
2) Title
For Sale 
Price $
Not for Sale