Uploaded on May 27, 2008
Carol B. Saylor, DeafBlind Artist, talks about National Exhibits by Blind Artists and living a full life as a deafblind grandmother, mother and Art Instructor. She is an award winning artist and member of National Exhibits by Blind Artists (http://nebaart.org/). She uses Phonak hearing aids, a dog guide and her remaining senses to create beautiful artwork that is meant to be touched by hands, hearts and spirits open to seeing the world.
For more information about Carol's work or to contact her directly visit: www.carolsaylor.com
A Brief History of NEBA
National Exhibits by Blind Artists, Inc. (NEBA), is a Philadelphia-based, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to showcasing the work of artists who are blind or visually impaired.
National Exhibits by Blind Artists was founded in Philadelphia in the belief that talented blind artists deserve the same recognition as writers, musicians and other sighted artists. The primary objectives are to educate the public with the quality of work by blind artists and to create a demand in the professional field of art, furthering the careers of blind artists and making them part of the mainstream of life.
Several blind artists who frequented Philadelphia's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped enlisted the help of the late Michael Coyle, Library Director, who organized a pilot show in the summer of 1975. The show at the Library was a great success, and many works of art were sold. Encouraged by their success, it was decided to build upon the foundation of this show.
In 1976, under the leadership of Mrs. Hester Pepper, the founding president, and Michael Coyle, National Exhibits by Blind Artists was incorporated. With the support of the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, the first show was assembled and presented in both the Museum's Nevil Gallery and the Library for the Blind. Nearly sixty thousand people visited this exhibit, created as a Bicentennial Project. The newly established enterprise was provided an office at the University Museum where two subsequent exhibits in 1977 and 1978 were mounted, again rotating the artwork with the Library for the Blind. The exhibits met with enthusiastic public support.
Since NEBA's founding, many exhibitions of outstanding works of art have been presented in prominent museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. This pioneer concept art by the blind has produced an enlightened forum for developing projects with similar intent. With its 30-year history of major shows, National Exhibits of Blind Artists has blazed the trail, winning wide recognition in the art world with its promise to continue carrying its message of bright, new prospects for the blind artist.
Focus on Art and Vision
Art Beyond Sight
National Exhibits by Blind Artists presents the 2007-2008 exhibition of work by artists who are legally blind. For thirty three years NEBA has offered the public the opportunity to view not only intriguing works of work, but works of the human spirit as well. Blind artists bring to their work a unique interpretation of the world.