“If you gaze long into the abyss, so too will the abyss gaze back into you.” – Nietzsche
The Ikouii Creative invites works in photography that highlight people who live with visible and invisible disabilities. The exhibit will explore ingrained, internalized ableism and inclusion, acceptance and advocacy within the disability community. Individual and collaborative, as well as works by disability-identified and non-disabled artists will be accepted. This presents a unique opportunity for people to view work where disability, accessibility and ableism intersect.
This exhibition will open at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA during Disability Pride Month in July, 2024.

“As a culture, we are at once obsessed with and intensely conflicted about the disabled body. We fear, deify, disavow, avoid, abstract, revere, conceal, and reconstruct disability-perhaps because it is one of the most universal, fundamental of human experiences. After all, we will all become disabled if we live long enough. Nonetheless, in representing disability in modernity, we have made the familiar seem strange, the human seem inhuman, the pervasive seem exceptional.”

– Disability Scholar, Rosemarie Garland-Thompson

Please read the full guidelines and terms before completing the application process. Review the dates and deadlines at the bottom of this page. Entries can only be submitted online via the submission link below.


  • All photographs should be in a jpeg format.
  • File size: Minimum size is 1500 x 1500 pixels; more than 150dpi; up to 5 MB.
  • Image data files could be created with digital smartphones and still cameras.
  • Digital manipulation may be permitted; however, images should accurately represent the subject matter and persons with disabilities. Images that appear to be overly processed may be disqualified.
  • Submissions are open to local, regional, national and international artists.
  • Submissions open to disability identified and non-disabled artists.



  • Originality: Artistic quality, artistic ambition, and inventiveness.
  • Skill & Technique: Artistic professionalism, technical execution, and craftsmanship
  • Application of Materials: Selection of materials, how well they utilized their materials
  • Overall Presentation: Compelling subject matter, aesthetic quality, clear artistic context to the theme
  • Submission Completion: All necessary information filled, clear quality photos, correct file type uploaded


The exhibition will be publicized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally via our social media platforms, email, and press release. The Ikouii Creative reserves the right to use photographs and/or digital images of any accepted work for the purpose of publicity for either the exhibit or the artist.



Oglethorpe University Art Museum – 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Lowry Hall, 3rd Floor, Brookhaven, GA 30319

Each artist is limited to three (3) works per submission*.

NO Submission Fee

Submission must include a signed release from any person(s) appearing in the photograph and/or their guardians.