Wexner Center for the Arts

Discover a world of new and exciting contemporary art, performance and film at this laboratory for the arts at Ohio State University.

The Wexner Center for the Arts is Ohio State University’s dynamic and innovative laboratory for contemporary art. The multidisciplinary arts center hosts exhibitions, screenings, artist residencies, forums, performances and a range of educational programs intended for expanding the boundaries of contemporary art on an international scale. Immerse yourself in groundbreaking cultural experiences performed by established and emerging artists from Columbus and beyond.

The Wexner Center for the Arts opened in 1989 and has maintained an impressive profile as a forum for artists working in a variety of disciplines, from visual art to performing and multimedia arts. See some of these experimental works in cutting-edge exhibitions in the many gallery spaces at the center. Discover what is happening in contemporary art on an international scale with the center’s innovatively curated displays. Check the center’s calendar to find out which performances, artist talks or film screenings are on during your time in Columbus. Public programs, workshops and lectures occur regularly, but call ahead to book your spot to avoid disappointment.

Take a tour of the Wexner Center for the Arts to get the full experience of the busy and energetic arts space. Learn about different perspectives in art and get an intimate understanding of the laboratory at work. Tours last approximately an hour. Afterward take a seat and relax with a drink at the on-site Heirloom Café.

Admission costs vary between exhibitions, events and screenings but the center’s information desk, along with The Box, the center’s film screening space, is open every day until late if you need to confirm dates or prices. Galleries are closed on Mondays and the café is closed on weekends.

The Wexner Center is located near the Ohio State University campus. Local bus routes run directly to the university and a free bus transportation system operates in the university campus area.