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.

Accessible Expressions Ohio 2014 Collage, different works of art together create the shape of Ohio

“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



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2019 AEO Exhibit and Tour 

2019 Tour Locations Dates
Westerville Community Center   Westerville  March 2019
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 - December
Rhodes Tower   Columbus  December 2 - 30




90-Minute Art-Making Challenge

Artists will challenge themselves to interpret a live model scene in just 90-minutes.
Three professionals will watch the action and declare a winner to be announced during the Day of Arts for All ceremony. The winner recevies a $250 cash prize and their work will join the AEO 2019 tour. 
11:00a - 12:30pm. Open to all community members to watch the artists work and see how they adapt their styles. 

**Attention** The 90-minute art-making challenge will be filmed by a TV crew for the series Broad & High on WOSU-PBS. @BroadAndHigh

Join us for the 11th annual Day or Arts for All!

Day of Arts for All postcard

Saturday, March 30, 2019

  11:00am: 90-Minute Art-Making Challenge - description above
  12:30pm: Social Hour, Community Discussion, Pizza + Snacks
  1:30pm:  Opening Ceremony and Awards

     -> Emcee Christopher Purdy, WOSU Classical 101
     -> Performances by SignStage of Cleveland Speech & Hearing


At the Westerville Community Center
350 N. Cleveland Ave. Westerville OH 43082
*Arrival Note! Construction at the WCC means the parking entrance on County Line Road is Closed. Use only the entrance on Cleveland Ave. Overflow parking is available across the street and a shuttle service is provided.

Sponsored by 

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Arts Council of Westervillle



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 the call for entries. The exhibition is on display throughout Ohio from March through December. Art work is for sale while on tour and artists are sent postcards so they know where their art is on display. An Opening Ceremony takes place in March at Day of Arts for All where every artist receives a certificate and awards are given for Best in Show, People's Choice, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd place for each entry category (youth, emerging, professional). 


Be a Tour Site - Bring AEO to your Community

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. 

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