Online submissions: July 15 – August 31

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services, through its ongoing partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, is pleased to present the 2023 Ohio Veterans Art Exhibition, which will be on display in downtown Columbus later this year.

Ohio’s active duty and veteran artists are invited to showcase their artistic talents for this wide-ranging and public event, which will be viewable in the first-floor lobby of the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts.

Exhibition dates: October 23 - December 8.

While space is limited for this exhibition, we welcome all suitable mediums, including 3-dimensional pieces. We also welcome entries from veteran artists of varying backgrounds and levels of expertise. Keep in mind that your artwork does not necessarily need to depict aspects of military service.

An expert panel of jurors will review all submissions and give them careful consideration.

Selected works will be displayed in the lobby area outside the OAC Riffe Gallery, located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts.


    You must be ...
  • Living in Ohio
  • Current military or veteran


    General requirements are as follows ...
  • Submit between one (1) and three (3) artworks per artist.
  • Submit between one (1) and three (3) images per artwork.
    • Include detail images and varying points of view if you choose to submit more than one image.
    • Video submissions are also accepted.
    • Digital images must be saved as JPEG or PNG files.
    • Make sure the images are clear and well-lit.
    • If you need help resizing your image(s), review the video tutorial on the next page.
  • Artwork using any media will be accepted.
  • Artwork cannot be larger than 2ft x 2ft.
  • If your artwork is selected for the exhibition, it must be framed and/or equipped with hardware to display properly.
  • You must provide all audiovisual equipment if your artwork requires it.
  • Be mindful of subject matter; artwork that is overly graphic, political, or lewd will not be considered.
  • Artwork must be original artwork—nothing borrowed or copied.
  • Artwork does not need to be military/veteran focused.

All potential entrants of this exhibition will need to use this website ( to submit artwork and have it reviewed by our jurors. Below is a video that will guide you through the process of submitting your artwork.


  • Call for entries open: Saturday, July 15, 8 a.m.
  • Call for entries deadline: Thursday, August 31, 5 p.m.
  • Notice of acceptance to the exhibition: the week of September 18.
  • Artwork drop-off: Friday, October 6 or Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Register & Apply Here