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Deaf View/Image Art, also known as De’VIA, is art that examines and expresses the Deaf Experience from a cultural, linguistic, and intersectional point of view.

The 4 Elements of De’VIA:

De   Deaf & Deaf-Blind Expression of Affirmation, Resistance, and Liberation

V      View of how Deaf & Deaf-Blind experience the world

I       Images/Motifs/Symbols of the Deaf Experience

A      Art, Activism, Aesthetics, and Authentic Expressions of the Deaf Experience

Youth De'VIA Competition

2022-23 Youth De'VIA Competition was hosted by Kansas School for the Deaf and the Museum of Deaf History, Arts and Culture.

Diverse young Deaf artists from seventeen schools across the United States submitted a total 940 pieces of artwork!  They expressed their Deaf experience, language, history, arts and culture in their artworks.

Congratulations to all of the winners.  Each of them received a certificate of recognition and a gift.

Click on the link below for more information about the competition coordinated by the Kansas School for the Deaf.

2023 Youth De'VIA 1st Place Winners

Chuck Baird founded De'VIA (Deaf View/Image Art).  His goal was to have youth artists surrounded with powerfully evoked arts that examine and express the Deaf Experience from a cultural, linguistic, and intersectional point of view.  This competition is for all Deaf school-age children and youth.  Artists are encouraged to incorporate one or more aspects of Deaf people’s communication, culture, or history in their submissions.  We truly wish you the best of luck and are looking forward to gathering your beautiful works of art.

The entry fee is $100 per school with five or more student submissions.  $50 per school with four or less student submissions.    Youth De'VIA Competition Fee


Images and excel spreadsheet must be submitted to from March 24, 2024, 8:00am to March 29, 2024, 3:00pm.

Youth De’VIA Competition is a joint project hosted by the Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD) and Museum of Deaf History, Arts, and Culture, Inc. (MDHAC) in loving memory of Chuck Baird, known as the “Father of De’VIA” and alumni of KSD, class of ‘65.

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