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Meet the 2024 Accessible Expressions Ohio Adjudicators!

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Written by OSU Writing Intern: Gwen Wojtkun

Annually, Art Possible Ohio asks three individuals to adjudicate the Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition. Adjudicators hail from across Ohio and are often artists or arts administrators committed to advancing equity for artists with disabilities in the field. This year’s adjudicators were no exception and we are thrilled for you to meet them. Learn more below.

Emily Holtrop

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Emily Holtrop is the Director of Learning & Interpretation at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where she oversees the museum’s interpretive and educational initiatives. 

In addition to her role at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Holtrop will serve as an adjudicator for the 2024 Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition taking place at the Cincinnati Art Museum this March. 

When asked what motivated her to participate in the adjudication process, Holtrop stated, “I was excited to be an adjudicator to have a first hand opportunity to decide what would hang on the walls of this institution.” She continued by saying, “It means so much to me because I am passionate about making the museum accessible to all ages and abilities and showcasing the creativity of all ages and abilities.”

Art Possible Ohio is delighted to welcome Emily to be a part of Accessible Expressions Ohio and thanks the Cincinnati Art Museum for their continued commitment to creating a more inclusive art environment for all. 

For more information about the Cincinnati Art Museum’s role in Accessible Expressions Ohio, visit their website. 

Sydnee Spivey

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Sydnee Spivey is a Columbus-based artist and gallery director of All People Arts, a South Side Columbus nonprofit that seeks to engage and unite the community through art. Through her dedication to community, creativity and love for art combined, Spivey has been able to curate a community mural, join artists’ panels, facilitate art shows and bring people together. She is grateful for where her passion has led her and will continue to bring her visions to life in any possible way. 

When asked what her experience as an adjudicator was like, Spivey said, “I enjoyed the process of judging this year’s Accessible Expressions Ohio show because it was nice to be able to see numerous artists of various skill sets and abilities have a chance to showcase their talents.” She continued by saying, “[Through this process], I was able to understand that art is about perspective and that there can be so many ways to express yourself as an artist.” 

Art Possible Ohio is delighted to welcome Sydney to be a part of Accessible Expressions Ohio and thanks her for her continued commitment to creating a more inclusive art environment for all. 

Terron Banner

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Dr. Terron Banner is the Manager of Community Learning and Experience at The OSU Urban Arts Space, where he oversees several programs, including the UAS internship program, leads educational initiatives, and establishes community connections and partnerships. Additionally, Dr. Banner serves as a lecturer in the Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy at Ohio State, and he recently developed a course titled “Black Art in America: Arts and Cultural Policies from Reconstruction to Afrofuturism.” 

In addition to his role at Ohio State, Dr. Banner will function as an adjudicator for the 2024 Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition taking place at the Cincinnati Art Museum this March. 

When asked what motivated him to participate in the adjudication process, Dr. Banner stated, “I was motivated to participate in adjudicating Accessible Expressions Ohio based on the connections between our organizations (Accessible Expressions Ohio & UAS), the trust established from past experiences with the Accessible Expressions Ohio staff, and a commitment to arts equity and accessibility which I hold in the utmost regard.”

Art Possible Ohio is delighted to welcome Dr. Banner to be a part of Accessible Expressions Ohio and thanks him for his continued commitment to creating a more inclusive art environment for all. For more information about Dr. Banner and his work, visit OSU AAEP’s website.