Access•ABILITY

Access•ABILITY

2025 exhibition at Studio 23/The Arts Center

This exhibit will support the goal of our mission statement to make art relevant and accessible to all by

  • Creating artwork for an audience who may be overlooked in the visual and fine arts community due to limited sensory or physical abilities.
  • Highlighting artwork created by individuals with limited sensory or physical abilities.
  • Enlightening our audience to the limitations of creating or enjoying art while living with disabilities.

 

Our Vision

Our vision is a collaborative exhibition featuring tactile, touchable artwork highlighting sensory experiences beyond vision alone. Our goal is to create inclusion for an audience who may be overlooked in the visual and fine arts community due to limited sensory or physical abilities. We welcome ideas that utilize new ways of creating, displaying, thinking about, and interacting with artwork in a gallery setting.

Studio 23 will be working with a team of individuals from our region who are experienced in accessibility and inclusion practices to ensure this exhibit is sensitive to the needs of a broad range of individuals. Steps taken to ensure accessibility will include large print and braille labels, wheelchair accessible arrangement of the gallery, and sensory hours with dimmed lighting and quiet atmosphere, among other considerations.

 

Call to Artists

Studio 23 will be accepting proposals and submission of artwork to be included in the Access•ABILITY exhibition to take place during our 2025 exhibition schedule. Artwork should take into consideration the goals and vision of the exhibition outlined above.  We welcome ideas that utilize new ways of creating, displaying, thinking about, and interacting with artwork in a gallery setting.

Please visit this page again soon for a link to application and more details, including deadline for application and other important dates.

 

Application Details

This exhibit is open to all artists 18 years or older. Works in all media are eligible. No giclées, reproductions, or copies of original artwork will be accepted. Digital files submitted must be non-altered representations of the actual works to be considered for exhibition. Tactile, touchable, or interactive artwork should consider safety and/or stability of display. Methods of installation will be discussed with Curator of Exhibits and other staff, board, or committee members as deemed appropriate. Artwork utilizing equipment such as headphones or other electronics should be supplied by the artist unless otherwise notified by Studio 23.