Let Us Host Your Next Event!
The Wexner Center's Mershon Auditorium offers an ideal and extremely flexible setting for many kinds of events: theater, dance, music, and comedy performances; lectures and symposia; business or community meetings; and social gatherings.
The unique architecture of the Wexner Center building makes events in our Performance Space, Film/Video Theater, or café and lobby areas memorable for all attendees. Hosting events in these spaces is a privilege reserved for corporate and individual donors to the Wexner Center, nonprofit groups, and Ohio State University departments and units.
All facilities are supported by our highly skilled technical services staff, who can assist with audio/visual, multimedia, sound, and lighting needs.
Find a convenient digest of information about renting our spaces in our Rental Fact Sheet (PDF).
Varied and Unique Spaces
Since opening in 1989, the Wexner Center has attracted international acclaim for its innovative architecture and well-equipped facilities, as well as its bold artistic programs. Designed by architects Peter Eisenman and Richard Trott, the Wexner Center building houses four exhibition galleries (totaling approximately 13,000 square feet), an intimate video exhibition space called "The Box"; the Film/Video Theater; and the Performance Space, a "black box" theater with flexible seating. Also on site are Wexner Center offices and the Film/Video Studio, a state-of-the-art video postproduction facility.
Mershon Auditorium, adjacent to the Wexner Center building, features a large multipurpose auditorium/theater, as well as complete front-of-house and back-of-house facilities and administrative spaces.
The Wexner Center also presents events at several other venues on campus. These include Weigel Auditorium, a 800-seat concert hall administered by Ohio State's School of Music, and Thurber Theatre at Drake Performance and Event Center, a mid-sized proscenium theater administered by Ohio State's Department of Theatre.
Ohio State's Fine Arts Library is located on the lower level of the Wexner Center building; the entrance is from the outdoor walkway under the Wexner Center's grid and can be found just south of the 17th Avenue Plaza.
The Wexner Center Store in the lower lobby showcases the region's best selection of books on contemporary art and artists, as well as jewelry, accessories, gifts, and housewares. The store is also an authorized Herman Miller retailer.
Heirloom, the Wexner Center café, serves a full menu of breakfast and lunch items, as well as coffee drinks and other beverages.
Free, unlimited wi-fi access is available to all our patrons in the café and lower lobby areas through the WiFi@OSU network. Access to the osuwireless network is also available to all faculty, staff, and students.
How do I rent a facility or schedule an event at the Wexner Center?
Contact Rental Facility Manager Claudia Bonham at (614) 292-4403 or by email.
What spaces at the Wexner Center are available to rent?
Mershon Auditorium and the Wexner Center's Performance Space, Film/Video Theater, and café area/lower lobby are available for rent.
Who is eligible to rent the Wexner Center's facilities?
Mershon Auditorium is available to all corporations, groups, and organizations. Corporate and individual donors to the Wexner Center, nonprofit groups, and Ohio State University departments and units may rent facilities in the Wexner Center building--the Performance Space, Film/Video Theater, and café area/lower lobby--for business and social functions.
What types of events can be held at these facilities?
The Wexner Center facilities can be used for meetings, lectures and symposia, and business or social events. Mershon Auditorium is available for performances, as well as meetings, lectures and symposia, and business or social events. Our spaces are not available for purely personal events such as weddings; other event criteria are at the discretion of the Wexner Center.
What arrangements are available for food service or catering?
The Wexner Center is not a banquet facility and is not equipped with all the amenities of such a space. But we do frequently work and coordinate with a variety of caterers to provide refreshments for events held in our spaces. Download a list of preferred caterers (PDF), or contact Rental Facility Manager Claudia Bonham at (614) 292-4403 or by email.