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, wood working or fiber art. No patterns or paint-by-number art 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, not to exceed two entries. 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. Notice of intent to enter should be sent to Elsie Monthei, 1304 39th St., Des Moines, IA 50311; or phone (515) 277-0442. Your application should include information about your artwork: media, size, title and dimensions, and a brief description.

Delivery and Return of Art Work

If you plan to attend the ACB national convention, you can bring your artwork with you. If you intend to display, call me or return the completed application. You must pick up your artwork and pack it yourself for the return home. If you intend to submit a mailed entry, the return Federal Express fee should be included. For those items that are mailed, add in the cost of insurance. Your artwork should be insured and shipped to: Elsie Monthei, The Galt House and Suites, Fourth Street at the River, Louisville, KY 40202.

You can hand-deliver your artwork to me when you arrive at the Galt House. I will check the mailroom for items you have sent. Your artwork may be left at the Friends-in-Art booth also. PLEASE give me or Amy Monthei a call if you hand-carry your artwork with you.

Entry Fees

A fee of $10 per entry will be charged to cover the cost of display. Fees will not be returned if the artist fails to display his/her artwork.


May 25: Completed applications returned to me or call me with details.

June 27: Works should be shipped to The Galt House, attention Elsie Monthei, FIA.

July 5: Hand-deliver works to Elsie Monthei at the hotel

July 6-9: Public exhibit from 1-4 p.m. daily

July 8: FIA annual business meeting and luncheon, noon; Meet the Artists at 3 p.m.

July 10: Notification of award winners; works will be picked up or mailed back to exhibitor.

Liability and Insurance

All reasonable care will be given to works in the exhibit. Insurance during transport is the responsibility of the artist. Works unclaimed after July 10th 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. 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 and photographs of the artists 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."

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