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

“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

AEO Tour Sites
AEO 2017 Winners

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. The entire exhibition is on display in full for the month of March before being curated into 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.

day of arts for all postcard, march 25, westerville community center

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. 

Now Booking for 2017 & 2018 Tour Sites - Call 614-241-5325.

AEO Tour Location Dates
Westerville Community Center, Westerville March 1 - 31
Arts & Autism Festival, Gateway Film Center, Columbus April 9
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, Columbus April - December
Decorative Arts Center, Lancaster April - May
George Streeter Gallery, Art Therapy Studio, Cleveland May - June
Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery, Columbus June
Shopworks Theatre Company, Columbus July
Ohio State Fair, Columbus July 24 - August 6
Sandusky Artisans, Sandusky August - October
Ohio Statehouse, Columbus September
City of Upper Arlington Municipal Services Building September
The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood October - December
OCALICON conference, Columbus November 15 - 16
Westerville Community Center, Westerville  March 2018
Now Booking! Contact VSAO Today.  April - Dec. 2018


Congratulations, 2017 AEO Winners!
View all the AEO 2017 pieces on VSAO's Facebook Page.
Contact VSA Ohio to purchase your favorite piece for your wall or as a gift.

Stephanie Schmidt, The Queen Bee
Best in Show
Stephanie Schmidt
The Queen Bee
Athens; $150

Eamonn Tracy, Celebracion de los muertos

Emerging Artist, 1st Place
Eamonn Tracy
celebración de los muerto
Columbus; ​SOLD

Adam Maloney, Atomic Bomber!
Emerging Artist, 2nd Place

Adam Maloney
Atomic Bomber!
Mixed media on paper
Cincinnati; ​SOLD

Shannon Moyer, Little Toad
Emerging Artist, 3rd Place

Shannon Moyer
Little Toad
Athens; $150

Wendy Weisz, House on the Hill
Professional Artist, 1st Place
Wendy Weisz
House on the Hill
Ink and acrylic

Grandview Heights; $90​

Concha Castaneda, Syd's World
Professional Artist, 2nd Place AND People's Choice
Concha Castaneda
Syd's World
Recycled acrylic and canvas
Newark; $1,200

Timothy Prenzlin, Best Friend
Professional Artist, 3rd Place
Timothy Prenzlin
Best Friend

Watercolor on paper
Columbus; $65

Gabriel Hund, Chicken Elmo
Youth Artist, 1st Place

Gabriel Hund
Chicken Elmo
Watercolor, pencil
Dublin; SOLD​

Henry Hess, The Professors
Youth Artist, 2nd Place
Henry Hess
The Professors

Columbus; $575

Ramiro Castro Vasquez, Bull
Youth Artist, 3rdPlace
Ramiro Castro Vasquez
Glass blowing
Swanton; NFS