Accessible Expressions Ohio, (AEO), is an adjudicated, diverse, statewide exhibition and tour of 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.
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. Sales of artwork are encouraged during the tour.
Every artist receives a Certificate of Participation
Several cash awards are offered, including Best in Show and first, second, and third place for each category and a special wearable art category.
AEO has included 1,700+ artists since it began in 1996.
In 2022, the AEO exhibition will have virtual exhibition AND a statewide tour, beginning with an opening reception in March 2022. 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, and to view our e-store with current artwork on sale, visit https://artpossibleohio.org/aeo/
This year we have expanded our artwork accepted to include wearable art as outline in the guidelines below. If you wish to be considered for this category and eligible for the prize, please check the appropriate box on the application.
Guidelines to Apply 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. Disclosing the disability is not required. Submissions must be original artwork, completed within the last 2 years. Artists may submit one (1) or two (2) entries. All art must have a visual component but can be 2D or 3D, including wearable art, as long as the artwork meet the size guidelines outlined in our “guidelines” section below. Wearable artwork will be accepted, including accessories, knitting-crochet, jewelry, eco printing, and more. Unfortunately, we cannot accept clothing pieces at this time. All art must be no bigger than 3ft by 4.5 ft.
A panel of practicing artists, educators, and arts administrators who determine standards, originality, and diversity will adjudicate 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 17, 2021 Notification if acceptance by: January 7, 2022. Art must be delivered by: February 25, 2022. Art will be returned after the tour ends in December 2022.
Learn more about Art Possible Ohio here: https://artpossibleohio.org/aeo/.