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HelenKellerArtShowThe Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama

The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama awards and reception event was held Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute honoring students for their artistic abilities and creative works.  The students were from Alabama and all have been identified as having some type of visual impairments. The show is on exhibit at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute until March 17, 2017. It will then be on exhibit throughout the state (please see tour schedule below). The exhibition tour will end January 18, 2018 and will be returned to The University of Alabama at Birmingham. 
The purchase award winners of the Patty Johnson Award- Helen Keller Foundation Board and The Colbert County Board of Tourism and Convention Bureau are invited each year by the Foundation board members and Sue Pilkerton, Executive Director Helen Keller Birthplace Ivy Green to be VIP guest at the Helen Keller Festival in Tuscumbia, A. The Helen Keller Festival is held the last weekend in June. The artist will ride as Grand Marshalls’ in a city-wide parade, be recognized as VIPs and attend the play, Miracle Worker" 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 family, and the teachers.

Winner of the Patty Johnson award sponsored by the Helen Keller Foundation Board: Sarah Thomas, a student at Paine Elementary, Trussville Al. Artwork title: “Rainbow Dash”
Winner of the  Colbert County Board of Tourism and Convention Bureau: Grey Mayfield, a student at The Helen Keller School at AIDB. Artwork title: “Clock”

Other Purchase Award winners for 2017 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama were:
UAB Vision Science Research Education and Outreach Module -“We Are Family” by Kray Bennefield, Helen Keller School, Talladega AL
The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama—“Perfect Vacation” by Christopher Thorn, Hueytown High School, Hueytown, AL
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital – “Crazy Candy Mountain”, by Angel Meyer, ASB at AIDB, Talladega, AL
Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Visual Impairments – “Joy” Jamel Vaughn, Center Point High School, Center Point AL
UAB School of Education Curriculum & Instruction – “Friendship is Colorblind” by Gabby Guerrier, The Helen Keller School, Talladega, AL
Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind – “”Cheerful Camelia” by Saniya Sanders, Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Talladega, AL
The Michael Lee MacMackin Family - “Momma Bailey and Baby Daily”, by Adalynne Parrish, Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind, Talladega, AL

2017 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama Tour Schedule

February 1 Grand Opening
February 26 Grand Reception
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 520 Sixteenth St. N. Birmingham, AL 35203
Contact: Ahmad Ward Email: award@bcri.org 205-328-9696 ext. 203
April 1 – May 15 Wiregrass Museum of Art
126 Museum Ave. Dothan, AL 36303
Contact: Dana-Marie Lemmer
Email: dlemmer@wiregrassmuseum.org 334-794-3871 x26
June 1 – June 30 Tennessee Valley Museum 511 North Water Street Tuscumbia, Alabama
Contact: Stephanie Qualls stephanie.tvaa@comcast.net 286-383-0533
July 17 – August 15 UAB Lister Hill Library Edge of Chaos Gallery University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mailing address: 1720 2nd Ave S - 300 LHL, Birmingham AL 35294-0013
Contact: Stefanie Rookis Email: rookis@uab.edu, 205-934-4475
September 17 – October 31 Heritage Hall Museum 200 South Street East Talladega, Alabama
Contact: Valerie L. White Email: hhmuse@bellsouth.net 256-761-1364
 November 15 - January 18, 2018 University South Alabama Marx Library 5901 USA Drive North
University of South Alabama Mobile, AL 36688
Contact: Dr. Richard Woods rwood@southalabama.edu 251- 460-7021


Please take a moment and enjoy an online tour of the wonderful 2017 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama. Included are photos of the awards and reception event. 
2017 Helen Keller Art Show Artwork and Photos
2016 Helen Keller Art Show Artwork and Photos

For additional information please contact
Shirley Wilson, 205-996-6609 sjwilson@uab.edu or
Carol Allison, callison@uab.edu
The exhibit is sponsored in part by VSRC core grant P30 EY003039       

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