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ART & SOUL is a one of a kind experience for artists with disabilities.

Art & Soul 2023

Art & Soul is an annual art gallery and award show featuring the work of artists with disabilities from across the state of Ohio. Any artist with a developmental or intellectual disability can enter!

All artwork is judged by a panel of professional artists. The 45 pieces chosen are professionally framed (if possible) and displayed in a public gallery at the Dayton Metro Library main campus. All pieces are eligible to win cash prizes!

Join us in April for an unforgettable award ceremony where 15 awards will be given to the winners!

Join Us at the Award Show!

Join us for the incredible Art & Soul 2023 gallery and award show! The gallery is hosted on the first floor of the Dayton Metro Library from April 1 – 30, 2023. The award show will be hosted April 22, 2023 in the Eichelberger Forum at the Library after a catered public viewing of the gallery.

RSVP and let us know you’re coming!


Submissions Are Now Closed

Submissions for the 2023 show are now closed. Acceptance and declination emails and letters will be sent to all 2023 applicants the week following judging (Dec. 16, 2023).

Didn’t submit this year? Check back in October 2023 to submit to the Art & Soul 2024 show!

Restrictions: Artists must have a developmental or intellectual disability to enter. Art & Soul Ohio is primarily focused on Ohio-based artists, but submissions are open to all artists in the continental United States.


Still need to submit payment for your 2023 entries?

Please remit payment to Toward Independence, Inc., via this link.

Paying by Mail? Send Checks/Cash To:


Toward Independence Marketing

81 E. Main Street

Xenia, OH 45385

Need An Invoice or Help? Request via email by clicking the button below!

Become a Sponsor

Help us reach further and empower more artists with a sponsorship. 

Check Out Last Year’s Gallery!

Each year, all Art & Soul pieces are displayed in person and online. Last year’s entries are displayed in the videos below!


How to Use Our New Submission Page

ART & SOUL 2021

Art & Soul is back! We’re celebrating artists with disabilities with our socially-distanced gallery and award ceremony!

Last year, we celebrated our annual art show online with a series of videos showcasing each piece of art. This year, we’ll return to the Dayton Metro Library with a physical gallery space along with a digital showcase and award ceremony. This way, artists and the community can appreciate art

The gallery is open from April 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021. The show is will be on display on the second floor of the library, which is accessible by the main staircase or by the elevator on the left side of the lobby.

Dayton Metro Library

215 E. 3rd St, Dayton, Ohio 45402

Tuesday – Saturday: 10 AM to 6 PM

Sunday – Monday: Closed

Celebrating Artists!

One of Ohio’s most inspirational fine art exhibits; Art & Soul is a juried art exhibit celebrating the creativity and talent of Ohio artists with developmental disabilities, one of the few exhibits of its kind in Ohio.

Partners For Community Living and Toward Independence come together for our juried art exhibit that celebrates the creativity and talent of Ohio artists with developmental disabilities, one of the few exhibits of its kind in Ohio.

A panel of professional artists choose forty five pieces of art to be showcased in the Art & Soul exhibit. Art work selected are professionally framed thanks to the generous support of Sketches Frame Shop Beavercreek, Ohio.

In celebration of these talented artists, Partners For Community Living and Toward Independence partner with Sponsors, Art Patrons, County Boards and art programs throughout the state of Ohio. We celebrate and thank all who support and  an opening reception and Awards Ceremony.

Our exhibit is funded 100% by sponsorships and donations. More than $1000 in cash awards is presented each year to award winners. Artists also have the opportunity to market/sell their art.

Watch the 2021 Awards Ceremony and share with your friends and family!

2020 Exhibit Artists


Thank You To Our Sponsors