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Accessible Expressions Ohio 2021 – Apply Now!

Accessible Expressions Ohio is one of the most diverse art exhibits on display. It is an adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of sixty 2D and 3D art by Ohio artists with disabilities. Artists of any age, living in Ohio, with a disability may enter in the Youth, Emerging, or Professional categories.

landscape with grey mountains in background, shimmery river in center, green and brown pine trees in foreground and sky with red and pink clouds
Valley of the Happy Trees by Richard Fravor, Acrylic, $360, 2020 People’s Choice Award Winner

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.

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

This year we are adding an award for artists responding to current events, especially COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Artworks that have a connection to these issues, whether it is identifying a problem, creating a solution, exploring feelings and emotions, or pursuing a question about the state of our world and the impact of the disease and injustice on our lives, will be considered for this special award.

AEO has included 1,600+ artists since it began in 1996. 
In 2021, the AEO exhibition will have virtual exhibition AND a statewide tour, beginning with an opening reception in March 2021. The exhibit is then curated into 2-3 smaller groups of 20-30 pieces, which travel to sites around Ohio from April through December. For more information about AEO, including images of past and current art, and a current tour listing visit our AEO permanent gallery at and our e-store at

Sales of artwork are encouraged during the tour

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. 

A panel of practicing artists, educators, and arts administrators who determine standards, originality, and diversity reviews entries. All decisions are final. 

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

Deadline to Apply: Midnight, November 25, 2020
Notification if acceptance by: January 8, 2021.
Art must be delivered by: February 26, 2021.
Art will be returned after the tour ends in December 2021.


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