The annual Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is a traveling juried art exhibit displayed throughout the state. The show is open to Alabama students who have visual impairments, blindness, and or deaf blindness. The artists are of various ages attending public, private, residential, and home schools.

The show provides artists an opportunity to showcase their special talents and abilities. This year’s art show begins at the Shelby County Arts Council, 105 West College Street, Columbiana, Alabama.

Children who participate in the show use various mediums to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces. The arts are included in the children’s academic curriculum to assist in the development of communication skills utilizing both visual and tactical media. Art is also included as part of their math, science, reading, and leisure time activities. The artwork is unique with an emphasis on creativity, color, and tactile media.

Students’ artwork is exhibited in an open reception ceremony at the beginning of the year. After which the artwork is exhibited in various museums and venues throughout the state (see tour schedule below). The opening Reception is Sunday, January 29, 2023, from 3:00 pm to 5:00pm.  The work will be on display in the at the Shelby County Arts Council Grande Corridor Gallery until February 25, 2023. 

The opening reception is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to meet these young artists and experience their powerful work. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm.

The opening reception live stream is available on the  Shelby County Arts Council Facebook page .

Sponsored in part by:

  • Shelby County Arts Council
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry Vision Science Research Center –  Click here for website .
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • Purchase Award Individuals and Agencies
  • Private Donations

If you would like to know more about the Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama or purchase artwork, please contact:

 Shirley J. Wilson

Director, Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama



2023 HKASA Tour Schedule

-January 23-February 25: Shelby County Arts Council-105 W. College St., Columbiana, AL, 35051

-March 3-31: Heritage Hall Museum- 200 South Street East, Talladega, AL, 35160

-April 5-May 20: Wiregrass Museum of Art-126 Museum Ave. Dothan, AL, 36303

-May 26-June 30: Tennessee Valley Museum of Art-511 N. Water St., Tuscumbia, AL, 35674

-July 10-September 8: Alabama Center for the Arts-133 2nd Ave NE, Decatur, AL, 35601

-September 11-September 29: TBA

-October 6-October 15: Community Arts Council of Blount County-6801 2 nd Ave West, Oneonta, AL 35121

-November 1-January 4, 2024-University of South Alabama Marx Library-5901 USA Dr. N., Mobile, AL, 36688