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

The AEO tour begins with an opening ceremony early in the year where awards are given for first, second and third place in each category, including Best in Show and People’s Choice. Following the opening ceremony, the exhibit goes on tour across Ohio through December.

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

AEO 2017 Call for Art - Now Open!
deadline to apply: Friday, December 2, 2016
AEO Entries_AEO_2017.pdf


Be a Tour Site - Bring AEO to your Community in 2016

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 or click the link above to download the Tour Site Application. 

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.