Mission

We fuel creative expression, ignite cultural curiosity, and offer unique experiences across all art forms that enliven the local landscape while promoting global connections and understanding.

"The Wexner Center for the Arts has one of the most dynamic contemporary programs in the country."
Washington Post

The Wexner Center for the Arts is The Ohio State University's multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art.

Through exhibitions, screenings, performances, artist residencies, and education programs, the Wexner Center acts as a forum where established and emerging artists can test ideas and where diverse audiences can participate in cultural experiences that enhance the understanding of the art of our time.

In its programs, the Wexner Center balances a commitment to experimentation with a commitment to traditions of innovation and affirms the university's mission of education, research, and community service.

Values

We believe in the power of the arts to illuminate and reflect the complexities of contemporary life and to foster cross-cultural exchange, understanding, and respect. We champion creative inquiry and experimentation among artists and audiences alike, connecting them through provocative and inspiring productions, programs, and personal encounters.

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Impact

Over its nearly three decades, the Wex has become an essential cultural and educational resource for the university and the city, helping to spark the evolution of Columbus as a more open, progressive, and sophisticated place to live, work, and play. We support artists in the creation and presentation of new work in all media, providing unparalleled arts experiences to diverse audiences locally, and often beyond. As a nexus for cultural research, production, and experience—and as a platform for the exchange of ideas—the Wexner Center is a vital agent for social change.

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