by Elsie Monthei


Artists who reside in the United States and are legally blind may enter a maximum of two original, ready-to-display works of art from the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture, photography, woodworking or fiber art. No patterns or paint-by-number kits will be accepted. These must be original works of art.


Friends-In-Art will have cash awards in the amount of $100 for first prize, $75 for second prize, and $50 for third prize. There will also be an award for Best of Show, to be selected by show participants.

Entry Procedures

Artists may enter up to two works in the above areas. You may not enter more than two pieces total. Each entry should be labeled with the artist's name and title of the work of art. The entries should be labeled to indicate orientation. All works of art must be ready to hang or display-ready. The artist's name and title of the artwork will be in braille and large print for display purposes.

To enter, send a letter of intent to: Elsie Monthei, 1304 39th St., Des Moines, IA 50311; or phone (515) 277-0442. It should include information about your artwork: the media, size, title and dimensions. Also include a brief description of your artwork; this will be included on the braille information labels.

Delivery and return of art work

If you plan to attend the ACB national convention, you can bring your artwork with you. We need to know if you intend to display, so call me or return the completed application. You must pick up your artwork and pack it yourself for the return trip home.

If you intend to submit a mailed entry, include the return Federal Express fee as well as the cost of insurance. Your art work should be shipped and insured to: Elsie Monthei, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Or you may hand deliver it to Elsie Monthei at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Entry Fees

FIA charges a fee of $10 per entry to cover the display costs. Fees will not be returned if the artist fails to display his/her artwork.


May 15: Completed applications returned

June 26: Works should be shipped to the convention hotel attention Elsie Monthei, FIA

July 1: Hand deliver works to Elsie Monthei at the hotel

July 2-4: Public exhibit from 1-4 p.m. daily

July 3: FIA annual business meeting and luncheon, noon

July 3: Meet the Artists at 3 p.m.

July 4: Notification of award winners

July 5: Works will be picked up or mailed back to exhibitor.

Liability and Insurance: All reasonable care will be given works in the exhibit. Insurance during transport is the responsibility of the artist. Works unclaimed after July 5 will be considered a gift to FIA. Sales are encouraged. No commissions will be charged by Friends-in-Art. FIA will not act as agent; all sales must be negotiated by participants.


Submission of an entry to this exhibition shall constitute agreement with all conditions in this application. Friends-in-Art 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's publication).

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