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Tactile Art is an Interactive Way to Experience Creativity

Five blind students stand in front of Flower Artwork at Tactile Art Show.

The St. Augustine Art Association announced to Historic City News the names of the winners in its 18th Annual Tactile Art Show, which concluded yesterday. The juried show turns the tables on museum etiquette and creates a fun and interactive opportunity for visitors to experience art in a unique way.

Both visually appealing as well as engaging for the blind and visually impaired,

the art in this exhibit included sculptures,

assemblages, ceramics, fiber, and other media.

Those recognized included the following:

  • Liz Canali received the Jean Wagner Troemel Best in Show Award for her work, “Dark Side of the Moon.”

  • First place went to “Pouty Jug” by Alison McCauley.“

  • Gentle Gesture” by William Duquette won second place, and third place was awarded to “Pick a Pocket” by Pat Worrell.

  • The Nancy Garrard Best Fiber Award went to “Chime IN” by Amy Dove.

  • “Unlocking the Infant’s Vitality” by Dana Gregory won the FSDB Students’ Choice Award.

  • Honorable mentions went to “Mystery” by Kathryn Arango and “Cottage Garden” by Mary Rhopa la Cierra & Friends.

The 18th Annual Tactile Art Show was sponsored by VyStar Credit Union. Braille signage was created by students from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind to make the art even more accessible.


About FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. For a campus tour or to inquire about eligibility for enrollment, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit


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