Director's note: Responding to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Johanna Burton

Nov 19, 2020

Exterior shot of the south side of the Wexner Center for the Arts

November 19 update

Like many of you, we’ve been watching the developments surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and have seen the troubling news that the spread continues at an explosive rate, resulting in record numbers of cases. Taking that trend into account, as well as guidance from The Ohio State University and public health officials, we have made the decision to close the center to the public beginning Friday, November 20 at 5 PM. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and determine a reopening date when appropriate. While our staff has taken extensive precautions to make visits as safe as possible, these discouraging developments only signal that this temporary closure is best for everyone’s health and safety.

We will continue to provide, on our website, a robust selection of virtual experiences. This includes films, performances, educational opportunities, related material on our blog and access to the store, so you’ll still be able to experience all things Wex. 

The health, safety and well-being of our guests and supporters are our highest priority. We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding during these challenging times.

We deeply appreciate your support, and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the Wex.

Take care of yourself and others.


March 26 Update

I want to share an update with you on where we stand and where we’re going as we navigate the evolving COVID-19 situation. After much discussion and following the advice and guidance of The Ohio State University, state health officials, and medical experts, the center will be temporarily closed. If you already have a ticket for an event that was scheduled to occur during this time, our Patron Services team will be in touch about refunds and other options. 

Conceiving ways to confront some of the most challenging issues of our time is built into the Wex's DNA, which is why we’re approaching these strange days with an ongoing slate of programming in our digital space. There’ll be plenty to read, watch, and listen to in the coming weeks in our newly launched “Off Center” series, which will allow you to experience the Wex from home. I encourage you to head to our blog and explore some of the talks, livestreams, podcasts, videos, and more. 

As part of the community and the world at large, we hope that these programs, which are accessible anywhere, can generate moments of insight, creative care, and engagement as we navigate these waters and begin to imagine emerging on the other side. Until then, watch this space and our social media feeds where we will continue to update you as we know more. 

March 13 update

As you know, we’ve been closely monitoring the growing concerns and actions surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and as such have made the decision to temporarily close the Wexner Center for the Arts effective this evening through April 6.

The health and well-being of our staff, visiting artists, and guests is of paramount importance to us and we feel this decision is in the best interest of our community and follows the guidance from The Ohio State University and continually evolving advice from city, state and federal officials.

This means that our galleries, Store, and Heirloom café are closed. All events through April 6 are suspended. If you’ve purchased a ticket to an event, we’ll be reaching out via email with information on refunds in the coming days.

We are endlessly appreciative of your support and being part of the Wex. We can’t wait to welcome you back when our doors open again.

Editor's note: we're happy to share that La Neve, originally scheduled to perform in the galleries March 12, has agreed to a livestream performance for Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 PM. The stream will be accessible via the home page and the set will be archived next week on the blog.

March 12 note

We’ve been tracking developments regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), and have made the difficult decision to temporarily scale back our programming. We hope normal programming will resume Monday, March 30. This aligns with The Ohio State University’s actions to suspend all face-to-face instruction during this period.

This was not an easy decision and one not made lightly—we are very much in uncharted waters in many respects—but I feel it best serves the safety and well-being of our staff, patrons, and visiting artists.

As of now:

  • Due to travel restrictions, all Performing Arts events through the spring have been postponed, with plans to reschedule as many as possible. We will work to notify ticket buyers and other key groups about these changes.
  • Education events through March 29, including On Pause, walk-in tours, and WexLab, are canceled.
  • Film/Video programming through March 29 is canceled. The program with Annie Atkins planned for March 28 will be rescheduled for a TBD date in June.
  • La Neve’s performance in the galleries scheduled for this Thursday has been canceled.
  • The Wex’s exhibition galleries and Store will remain open, though with limited hours (closing at 6 PM), and we will be monitoring how the situation evolves to ensure that this continues to be the best course of action.

If you have purchased tickets in advance for any of the events noted above, we will be in touch with you via email regarding refund options. If you have any questions, please contact our Patron Services desk at 614-292-3535.

The health, safety and well-being of our guests and supporters are of the highest importance to us and we appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding during this particular moment.