Accessible Expressions Ohio
Started in 1996, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities. This professional development opportunity helps raise awareness about art and disability by presenting the art in inclusive settings, where viewers can pARTicipate and artwork is for sale.

“What I love about the [AEO] exhibit is the variety and diversity of both the artwork itself as well as the artists who created it!”

– Anitra, Medina



Accessible Expressions 

OHIO 2020 Call for



The Accessible expressions Ohio 2020 Call for entries is now open!

Submission Deadline Extended! Submissions now due December 4th! 



  • Accessible Expressions Ohio is one of the most diverse art exhibits on display. AEO is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of 2D and 3D art by artists with disabilities. Sixty (60) pieces of art will be selected from this call for art. Artists of any age, living in Ohio, with a disability may enter in the Youth, Emerging, or Professional categories.

  • AEO raises awareness by presenting the show in inclusive settings designed to change perceptions about disability.

  • AEO is a professional development opportunity. Whether it’s your first acceptance into an exhibit or another line on your resume, AEO connects artists with peers and a statewide audience of potential patrons.

  • Sales of artwork are encouraged during the tour

  • Every artist receives a Certificate of Participation

  • Several cash awards are offered, including Best in Show and People’s Choice

  • AEO has included 1,500+ artists since it began in 1996.

The tour begins at one site, with all the art together and an opening reception in March 2019. The exhibit is then curated into 2-3 smaller groups of 20-30 pieces. These groups travel to sites around Ohio from April through December. 


  • Artists of any age, who are residents of Ohio and have a disability are eligible to apply

  • *As defined by the ADA, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. You do not have to disclose the actual disability.

  • Submissions must be original artwork, completed within the last 2 years.

  • Artists may submit one (1) or two (2) entries.

  • All artwork must have a visual component, but can be 2D or 3D.

  • Entries are reviewed by a panel of practicing artists, educators, and arts administrators who determine standards, originality, and diversity. All decisions are final.

  • VSA Ohio adds a 20% commission to the price you set to help pay tour costs.

  • Deadline to Apply: November 27, 2019.

  • Notification: January 10, 2020.

  • Art must be delivered by: February 26, 2020.

  • Art will be returned after the tour ends in December 2020.

To Download the 2020 Accessible Expressions Application, click on the box below: 


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2019 AEO Exhibit and Tour 

2019 Tour Locations Dates
Westerville Community Center   Westerville  March 2
Wild Goose Creative   Columbus  April
City of Upper Arlington  Upper Arlington  April
OSU, Center for Autism Services and Transition, Hilliard  April - May
OCALI   Columbus  May - June
Jupiter Studios   Alliance   May 
Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery   Columbus  June 4 - July 2
Sandusky Artisans   Sandusky  June - July
Massillon Museum   Massillon  July 1 - August 30
The Ohio State Fair, Columbus  June 23 - Aug. 4
The All Disabilities Festival   Columbus  July 28
Martin de Porres Center   Columbus   August - September
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio   Lancaster   Sept. 3 - Nov. 26
Bridge Gallery at 400 West Rich, Columbus  October
Beck Center for the Arts   Lakewood  October 1- December



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Always Booking Tour Sites: Call 614-241-5325
Help inspire your community by partnering with VSA Ohio and hosting AEO at a site in your neighborhood. We work to make this easy for you: flexible date availability for scheduling; just the right number of pieces to meet the needs of your space; and a VSAO staff member will assist with installation and deinstallation. AEO is displayed at libraries, government and corporate offices, galleries, and conferences. AEO is a great way to increase the visual appeal of your space while also helping raise awareness about accessible arts. Click below to download the host site form! 

Bring AEO to your community. Click here to download the AEO Tour Site Form