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The 2020 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama
The 2020 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama artist opening reception was held Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the L.R. Hall Auditorium 424 16th Street N Birmingham, AL. The opening reception included a celebration of 20 years of displaying the Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.There were over 200 attendees that came out to honor the students artistic abilities and creative work. (please click here to view artwork pictures  2020 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama Pictures. 
The art work represented lots of creativity, diversity, talents, and skills. We are most appreciative of the teachers and parents who work with the students in creating one of a kind artwork. We have added additional tour sites to the current tour schedule which allows more parent, family and friends to view the artwork. click link to see 2020 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama Tour Schedule.
The award winners of the 2020 Patty Johnson/Helen Keller Foundation Board and The Colbert County Board of Tourism and Convention Bureau are invited each year by the HK Foundation Board Members, and Sue Pilkerton, Executive Director Helen Keller Birthplace Ivy Green. The artists serve as Grand Marshalls’ in the city-wide parade held in Tuscumbia, AL. They are recognized as VIPs and are honored at “The Miracle Worker" play held on the grounds of Ivy Green. The entire art exhibit will be on display across the street from Ivy Green at The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art during the festival. This is an exciting time for the artist, their families, friends and teachers.

The 2020 Winner of the Patty Johnson award sponsored by the Helen Keller Foundation Board:
  • Sam Skellie, a student at Helena Intermediate School, Helena, AL Artwork title: “Flying Over Paris”

Winner of the Colbert County Board of Tourism and Convention Bureau:
  • Taeja Mayes, a student at Alabama Schoof for the Blind, Talladega, AL. Artwork title: “Water Lilies”

Other Purchase Award winners for 2020 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama are:
  • UAB SOO/Vision Science Research Education and Outreach Module-“A Love for Music" Artist: Eustacia McCallum, Clay-Chalkville High School, Pinson, AL and "Big Heart" Artist: Jazmine Chatman, Helen Keller School, Talladega, AL. 
  • The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama—“Starry Night" Artist: Nathaly Gutierrez, Fort Payne Middle School, Fort Payne, AL.
  • UAB Callahan Eye Hospital– “The Guitarist" Artist: Levi Dorian, Moores Mill Intermediate School, New Market, AL
  • Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Visual Impairments– “My 3D Gangster", Artist: Tristan Rose, Alabama Virtual Academy, Eufaula City Schools, Eufaula, AL. and "Pretty Painted Flowers" Artist: Bella Windsor, North Jefferson School, Birmingham, AL
  • John and Nancy Mascia/Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind– “Cruising" Artist: D'Marcus Andrews, Helen Keller School, Talladega, AL.
  • Dr. Steven Boyles, Optometrist Atlanta, GA -“Octo-Eye" Artist: Taylor Gannon, Helen Keller School, Talladega,  AL
  • Birmingham Lions Club –"Dancing Hat" Artist: Harper Carter, Creekview Elementary School, Alabaster, AL
Please take a moment and enjoy an online tour of the wonderful 2020 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama opening reception 2020 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama Opening Reception 
For additional information please contact
Shirley Wilson, 205-482-5201 texsvision@gmail.com or sjwilson@uab.edu 
The exhibit is sponsored in part by VSRC core grant P30 EY003039       

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