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Who was Helen Keller?

Helen Keller's Legacy

2020 Exhibition

Who Was Helen Keller?

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” This quote was written by a woman who, despite her inability to hear, see, or even speak, managed to see not only beauty in the world but vast possibilities as well. That woman was the awe-inspiring Helen Keller. Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, Keller suffered from an illness when she was almost 2 years old that left her blind and deaf. Through extensive schooling across the country, most notably with her teacher and mentor Annie Sullivan (Macy), Helen Keller managed to accomplish incredible things throughout her life. She was the first blind and deaf woman to graduate from college in the United States. She wrote books and over around 500 speeches and essays. Keller also co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union with American civil rights activist Roger Nash Baldwin and others in 1920. Helen Keller left an incredible legacy behind.

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To pay tribute to Helen Keller’s impressive legacy and tenacious spirit, The Helen Keller Art show was created. This show displays work created by Alabama students with visual impairments, blindness, and deafness. The exhibition is juried statewide, travels from Birmingham to Mobile, and select pieces are also shown internationally. The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama emphasizes creativity, color, and tactile media in the arts. The winning entry for the grand prize is selected by the Helen Keller Festival Board to receive the Patty Johnson Award, and will remain in the permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, AL, the birthplace of Helen Keller.

Helen Keller's legacy in Alabama

Information about the opening reception in Birmingham as well as a complete list of winners can be found by clicking here!

For over a decade, WMA has hosted the Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama, an exhibition of work created by Alabama students with visual impairments, blindness, and deafness. The exhibition is juried statewide, travels from Birmingham to Mobile, and select pieces are also shown internationally. The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama emphasizes creativity, color, and tactile media in the arts. The winning entry for the grand prize is selected by the Helen Keller Festival Board to receive the Patty Johnson Award, and will remain in the permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, AL, the birthplace of Helen Keller. Don’t miss your chance to view these powerful works by a group of courageous and talented students. The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama will be on view from April 1st through May 16th in the Coleman Gallery.

2020 Exhibition at WMA

Nathaly Gutierrez, age 13, attends FortPayne Middle School. Nathaly likes todraw and learn new things aboutdifferent countries. She would love totravel around the world, especiallyThailand. Her art interest is Vincent VanGogh’s Starry Night and the Eiffel Tower.

Starry Night and the EiffelTowerNathaly Gutierrez Fort Payne Middle School

Bella Windsor, is an 8 th grade student atNorth Jefferson Middle School. Bella loves the aroma of beautiful flowers.Bella believes that flowers can hear andfeel her touch, which inspired her tocreate painted flowers. She enjoysplaying on her tablet and loves to watchthe Loud House.

Pretty Painted Flowers Bella Windsor North Jefferson Middle School

Brittney Gardner Braxton, age 12, is a 6thgrader at Alabama School for the Blind.Her favorite subjects are social studiesand art. Brittney enjoys working withcrafts as a hobby. She also enjoys playingoutside, participating in cheer leadingand dancing.

First Morning LightBrittney Gardner BraxtonAlabama School for the Blind

Haiden Hawkins, age 9, is a 4th grader atThompson Intermediate School. Haidenloves to create art using jewels andbright colors. She created her artwork incelebration of Alabama’s Bicentennialyear. Haiden used acrylic paint, tissuepaper, foam colored jewels, beads, pipecleaners and birthday candles.

Alabama BirthdayHaiden Hawkins Thompson Intermediate School

AbbyTheiss , age 12, attends AlabamaSchool for the Blind and is a 6th grader.Abby loves art class and P.E. She enjoysdrawing in her free time and likesplaying on her cellular phone.

The Major MountainsAbby Theiss Alabama School for the Blind

Nikki Grace Yates is a 7th grader at HelenKeller School of Alabama. Nikki is thedaughter of Scot and Sandy Yates. Nikkiloves to play with her friends, socializeand watch her favorite videos on thecomputer.

Flower PowerNikki Grace Yates Helen Keller School of Alabama

Angel Madrigal, is a first grader atCreekview Elementary School. He is veryactive and enjoys his family . Drawing isone of his favorite things and he loves todraw and illustrate his schoolwork. Angelspeaks Spanish and English. His favoriteshow to watch is Coco. He created hisartwork in celebration of Mexico’sholiday celebration Day of the Dead.

Colorful SombreroAngel Madrigal Creekview Elementary School

Sophia Gutierrez, age 7, is a 2 ndgrader attending Willis ValleyElementary School. Sophia is alwayshappy. Her hobbies include playing with her Barbie dolls, Legos andwatching Titi Toys on YouTube. Sophiaenjoyed creating the pizza art usingcardboard.

Mama Mia Pizza, Pizza and Silver Spoon to the MoonSophia Gutierrez Willis Valley Elementary School

Taylor Gannon, age 17, an 11 th grader atHelen Keller School of Alabama. He lovesmusic, sports and his friends. Taylor is agreat student and loves his school.

Octo-EyeTaylor Gannon Helen Keller School of Alabama

Shymiria Broadnax, age 13, attendsAlabama School for the Blind. Shymirialives in Montgomery, Al with her motherand siblings. In her free time, she likesdrawing, poetry, photography and sheloves to sing.

The Unknown DragonShymiria Broadnax Alabama School for the Blind

Aubrey Whitley, a student at Burkett Center, is 17 years old and enjoys listening to music and playing with toys that light up. She enjoys riding herenormous tricycle in the sunshine. Herfavorite music is by Quinn and TheWiggles.

Love WinsAubrey Whitley Burkett Center

Levi is a 10 year old. He attends Moores MillIntermediate School in New Market, AL. Hehas 3 sisters and 1 brother. His favoritethings to do are play Fortnite , build legosets, draw and play outside. His favoritesubject in school is reading. He loves tospend time with his friends. Levi lovesmusic and that is what inspired him to painta guitar.

The GuitaristLevi Doran Moores Mill Intermediate School

Tristan Rose, age 8, is a 3rd grader atAlabama Virtual Academy. Tristanentered the Helen Keller Art Show ofAlabama because of his love for arts andcrafts. Tristan created his artwork bytracing the picture of a gangster thengluing the pieces on canvas and pantingeach piece with acrylic paint. The brickswere formed using cardboard andcovered with painted masking tape.Tristan loves to read, play soccer, andvideo games.

My 3D Gangster Tristan Rose Alabama Virtual Academy

D ‘Marcus Andrews, age 18, is a 12thgrader at Helen Keller School of Alabama.DeMarcus is a great student with anoutgoing personality. He loves his friendsand his school.

CruisingArtist: D’Marcus Andrews Helen Keller School of Alabama

Haiden Hawkins, age 9, is a 4 th grader atThompson Intermediate School. Haiden loves to create art. She created this piece of art becauseit reminds her of the sunshine when she is ridingher bike in the family driveway and playing athome with her little brother. Haiden used acrylicpaint, a plate and foam shapes to make herflower base. She used jewels, sunflower seedsand hot glue to outline her flower.

Sunflower of AlabamaHaiden Hawkins Thompson IntermediateSchool

Sam Skellie , age 11, attends HelenaIntermediate School, Helena, AL. He loves sports and plays flag football. Samloves to be outside and throwing thefootball with his dad.

Flying Over ParisSam Skellie Helena Intermediate School

Cason Berryhill, is a 4th grader at BurkettCenter in Morris, Al. Cason created hisflower art using food coloring and Epsomsalt. Cason created his sunflowerbecause it reminds him of being surroundedby a big smiley face.

BloomingCason Berryhill Burkett Center

Gavin Millinger, age 10, is a student atHelena Intermediate School, Helena, AL. He has a great interest in how animatronicswork. Gavin like to listen to worship music,play simulation games,and know what hisbig brothers are doing. Gavin’s parents sayhe finds beauty and joy in common things.Since moving to Alabama, Gavin, has takenan interest in making his own artwork andafter attending Camp Courage he haslearned that he can also be courageous.

Beads , Beads, BeadsGavin Millinger Helena Intermediate School

Audrey Nickell age 11, is a 4 th graderat Thompson Intermediate School.Audrey loves art and creates art at home as well as at school. Audreyused acrylic paint and created her lilypads out of tactile materials. Sheused tissue paper, beads and pipecleaners to make the Camellia flower.

Alabama Blue PondAudrey Nickell Thompson Intermediate School

Audrey Nickell, age 11,is a 4 th grader atThompson Intermediate School. Audrey loves art and creates art at home as well asat school. Audrey takes ice skating lessonson the weekends and has even grown herown cotton and shared with her Alabamahistory class. She used a plate to design thecenter of her artwork. She also used acrylicpaints, craft jewels and hot glue to fill thecenter with real sunflower seeds.

Shining SunflowerArtist: Audrey Nickell Thompson Intermediate School

Anna Grace Kelley, age 6, is very driven and independent. As soon as Anna developed enoughfine motor strength to grip a writing utensil, shebegan drawing elements of her own selfportrait. She loves all things of “dramatic play”.Anna’s favorite quote is “I Can Do Hard Things".

SpringAnna Grace Kelley Vincent Elementary School

Eustacia A. McCallum, age 18, attendsClay Chalkville High School. Her favoritethings to do are listening to music,shopping and spending time with friendsand family. Eustacia loves school andlearning new things. Her favorite colorsare silver and blue.

A Love for MusicEustacia McCallumClay Chalkville High School

Mya Harris, age 17, attends Pleasant Grove High School. Mya loves to swimand enjoys playing video games on heriPhone. Her favorite video game isMario. She loves to browse the internet.

Lone WolfMya Harris Pleasant Grove High School

Dillon Daffin , age 11, attends AlabamaSchool for the Blind. Dillon lives inMobile, AL with his family. Dillon enjoysshooting basketball with his dog. He alsoenjoys playing other games with hisfriends. Dillon enjoys art and, created abeautiful mixed media piece of art.

Multi-Color VortexDillon Daffin Alabama School for the Blind

Taeja Mayes, age 12, attends AlabamaSchool for the Blind. Taeja enjoys artclass and spending time with her friends.She also enjoys texting with friends andplaying games on her computer.

Water LiliesTaeja Mayes Alabama School for the Blind

Kaleigh Gable, age 17, is a graduatingsenior at Alabama School for the Blind.Kaleigh is planning to attend Universityof Montevallo. She likes to write shortstories, read and play video games. Herartwork is part of the short story she is inthe process of writing.

The WandererKaleigh Gable Alabama School for the Blind

Ameerah Jones, age 12, attends 5thgrade at the Alabama School for theBlind. Her favorite class in school isscience. In Ameerah’s free time, sheenjoys writing songs, playing games andsometimes free drawing. Her favoritecolor is blue.

Looking for a MermaidAmeerah JonesAlabama School for the Blind

TheloniousZegschmidt Sylvester, is astudent at Alabama School for the Blind.He is studying the Japanese culture. Healso enjoys science and the study of themoon. His favorite color is dark purple.In his free time he enjoys makingsculptures and origami.

Colorful AbstractThelonious Z. Sylvester Alabama School for the Blind

Alexis Harrison, age 5, attends kindergarten at Helen Keller School ofAlabama. She loves to sing, dance, andplay. She loves playing with her friendsand her toys. She is always happy andloves life.

I See With My HandsAlexis Harrison Helen Keller School of Alabama

Saniya Sanders, age 14, attends AlabamaSchool for the Blind. Saniya likesdragonflies and butterflies. She enjoysswinging and going to water parks in thesummer. Her favorite words arewhispering, screaming and butterfly,which all relates to her imaginarydragons.

WingsongSaniya Sanders Alabama School for the Blind

ClaraScelsi , age 9, is in the 3rd grade atAlabama School for the Blind. Clara is aday student and lives in Pell City withher family. Clara loves playing Battlewith her dog. Clara is an enthusiasticstudent who is always ready to learn.She enjoys using her imagination andbuilding things.

ElizabethClara ScelsiAlabama School for the Blind

Celindia Martin, age 12, is a 7th grader atAlabama School for the Blind. She enjoysmost school subjects and enjoys learningnew things. Celindia enjoys listening tomusic, playing on her iPad and drawing. Celindia loves the myths and legends ofdragons.

The Eye of the DragonCelindia Martin Alabama School for the Blind

Jazmine Chatman,age 15, is a 12thgrader at Helen Keller School of Alabama. She loves playing volleyball,basketball and hanging out with friends.Jazmine also loves music and helping outat HKS.

Big HeartJazmine Chatman Helen Keller School of Alabama

Harper Carterattends CreekviewElementary School. She has a brotherand two sisters and enjoys going on tripswith her family. Harper created herartwork in celebration of Mexico’sholiday celebration Day of the Dead.

Dancing HatHarper Carter Creekview Elementary School

Miguel Andres, age 15, attends AlabamaSchool for the Blind. Miguel is ahardworking student. He loves art andworks very hard to progress in art class.Miguel enjoys learning new things and isa very pleasant student to have in class.Miguel makes friends easily and is a quick learner.

The WarriorMiguel Andres Alabama School for theBlind

Xavier Kurre , age 12, enjoys building thingswith Legos and magnetic tiles. Xavier enjoysdrawing things that he really likes. Thisartwork reflects churches and old cars.

A Few of My Favorite ThingsXavier Kuree Oak Mountain Middle School

Dekendrickis 20 years old and attendsHelen Keller School of Alabama.Dekendrick loves music, sports and hisfriends.

Crystal TearsDekendrick Graves Helen Keller School of Alabama

Xavier Kurre , age 12, enjoys buildingthings with Legos and magnetic tiles.Xavier enjoys drawing buildings, treesand other things that he experiencesoutdoors.

Hotel LandscapeXavier Kurre Oak Mountain Middle School

C’Naya C. Stevenson, age 17, is a 12thgrader at Pleasant Grove High School.C’Naya enjoys shopping, singing,dancing, and getting her nails and hairdone. She enjoys school and works veryhard when it comes to schoolwork. She isa graduating senior and a member of theschool choir. She loves meeting peopleand talking.

Snow Moji C’Naya Steverson Pleasant Grove High School

GeorgiaAplin , age 12, is a 6 th grader atAlabama School for the Blind. She hasthree sisters and lives in Munford, ALwith her family. In Georgia’s free time,she likes to read, play outside and playthe piano. She also enjoys singing andmaking art.

Ice Skating in WinterGeorgia Aplin Alabama School for the Blind

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