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.

Accessible Expressions Ohio 2014 Collage

“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


Click here to download AEO 2017 Call for Entries as a Word Document

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ABOUT AEO
AEO begins with a Call for Art open to artists with disabilities - any age, any experience level, and all across Ohio.
The annual exhibition is selected by jurors from call for art entries. Artists are notified in January and artwork is due in VSA Ohio offices in February. The entire exhibition is on display in full for the month of March before being curated into 3 small groups for a statewide tour (April - December). An Opening Ceremony takes place in March where every artist comes on stage to get a certificate and 11 awards are given for Best in Show, People's Choice, and 1st/2nd/3rd place for each entry category (youth, emerging, professional). Art work is for sale while on tour and artists are sent postcards so they know where their art is on display.

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Be a Tour Site - Bring AEO to your Community

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 has been displayed at libraries, government and corporate offices, galleries and conferences, and is a great way to increase the visual appeal of your space while also helping VSA Ohio raise awareness. 
For more information call 614.241.5325. 

2017 Tour Sites - Book today!

Location Dates
Westerville Community Center March 2 - 29
Decorative Arts Center, Lancaster April - May
Art Therapy Studio, Cleveland May - June
Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery, Columbus June
Fine Arts Center, Centerville June - July         
Ohio Statehouse, Columbus September

 

2016 Tour Sites:

Westerville Community Center March 1 - 30
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence April 4 - June 30
Pendleton Art Studio April 8 - May 31
Fine Arts Center of Centerville June 1 - July 29
Open Door Art Studio June 8 - July 5
Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery June 6 - July 7
Fine Arts Center of Centerville June 1 - July 30
Wright State University Resource Library July 6 - September 30
Sandusky Artisans August 1 - October 28
Beck Center for the Arts October 3 - December 30
OCALICON Conference November 16 - 18


Congratulations AEO 2016 Award Winners!

Best in Show:    Float or FlightLarry Frank


People's Choice:   E-I-E-I-O, Concha Castaneda


Youth Award:    A Picture of Ian, Ian Lewis


3D, 1st Place:    Puffer Fish, Jessica Wallace

 

3D, 2nd Place:   Magician's Assistant, Thomas Lovell

 

Photography, 1st Place:   Bug Out, Gary Cartwright

 

Photography, 2nd Place:    Fragments, Shannon Moyer

 

Mixed Media, 1st Place:    Beautiful WomanLea Gayheart

 

Mixed Media, 2nd Place:    Lifelines, Jenny DeBrier

 

Painting/Drawing, 1st Place:    E-I-E-I-O, Concha Castaneda

 

Painting/Drawing, 2nd Place:    Untitled, Anicka Mabry

 

2016 Tour & Award Adjudicators: Susan Dlouhy, Mary Gray, Tracey Settle, Cameron Sharp

Thank you, 2016 AEO Award Sponsors!
 
 


A Day of Arts for All 2016
This year's celebration takes place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 12:00-1:30pm at the Westerville Community Center. At Day of Arts for All, VSA Ohio honors award winners from each category of this year's Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition.  Attendees can enjoy refreshments, hands-on activities, and live performances bya local blues musician Zayne Harshaw, of Blue Spectrum.  Artists and community members also have the opportunity to participate in a professional development workshop on writing artist statements and biographies at 2:00pm following the day's awards ceremony.