Past Talks & More

hear here: artist-run spaces and collectives in Ohio

Explore the exciting opportunities and complex challenges facing Ohio’s DIY contemporary art ecosystem at this open-forum discussion featuring organizations from across the state.

At this public program presented on the occasion of the Wexner Center’s 30th anniversary, you’ll hear from the artists and advocates leading Ohio’s radical, risk-taking arts organizations and residency programs. Founders of past and current artist collectives and DIY spaces will discuss their experimental models of making and exhibiting work, providing insight into their vitality and successes.

All are welcome to join this gathering, especially students, artists, and arts organizers living and working in Ohio. Ample time for informal participation and Q&A will be built into the afternoon. While there are many relevant and urgent topics to raise as a group, discussion topics will center on three major areas: placemaking, community, audience, and access; growth, sustainability, and the life cycles of DIY spaces; and issues surrounding representation, gentrification, and displacement. We endeavor to not just explore the state of Ohio’s alternative spaces, but to find new ways to collaborate, communicate, and share resources and knowledge.

Participating groups include: Anytime Dept. (Cincinnati), Blue House Gallery and Studios (Dayton), Cart Pushers Studio Residency (Columbus), Friend (Columbus), Maroon Arts Group (Columbus), MINT Collective (Columbus), The Neon Heater Art Gallery (Findlay), No Place Gallery (Columbus), Wave Pool (Cincinnati), and others.

As part of Ann Hamilton’s project featured in HERE, when an object reaches for your hand, the artist invites the public to bring objects from their own lives to be digitally captured during this event with early generation scanners. The images may appear in a forthcoming publication commemorating Ohio State’s 150th anniversary. Click here for details.

Artists install show at Wave Pool

Artists install show at Wave Pool
Photo: Cal Cullen

Installation view Shorthand

Amy Pleasant
Installation view from Neon Heater exhibition Shorthand, April 2018
Photo: Ian Breidenbach

The Fringe

Wave Pool's The Fringe Bookstand, created by artist Karay Martin with book store owner Andrew McKinley, 2019
Photo: Cal Cullen

Dozer

Installation view of Neon Heater exhibition Dozer (part of The Temperature) featuring work by Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson (wall) and Scott Hocking (floor), March 2019 
Photo: Ian Breidenbach

Sophie Lindsey

Wave Pool Artist in Residence Sophie Lindsey in the gallery
Photo: Cal Cullen

Artist Nathaniel Russell installs his work with help

Artist Nathaniel Russell installs his work with help, 2019
Photo: Cal Cullen

hear here was organized by the Wexner Center’s Manager of Public and University Programs Alana Ryder and Associate Curator of Exhibitions Lucy I. Zimmerman in response to the center’s 30th Anniversary, Ohio State’s 150th celebration as a land-grant university, and the center’s fall exhibition featuring three Ohio-born artists, HERE: Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin (on view from September 21–December 29).

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation

SUPPORT FOR ARTS ACCESS
Cardinal Health Foundation
Huntington Bank

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Past Talks & More

hear here: artist-run spaces and collectives in Ohio