Arts in Columbus

Urban Arts Space is a venue for reciprocal learning for The Ohio State University students, faculty, and staff and the surrounding communities by hosting exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and lectures that promote downtown traffic and fulfill a mission of service through community engagement.

The Arts Initiative at Ohio State serves as an umbrella for multiple aspects of the arts on and off campus and facilitates opportunities for faculty and students to exhibit and perform beyond the university community.

Hopkins Hall Gallery is located in the heart of Ohio State's Columbus campus and showcases the work of students, faculty, and established artists. Surrounded by walls of glass and natural light, this venue presents a diverse array of exhibitions that inspire collaboration, discussion, and growth among the university community.

Wexner Center for the Arts  is located at 1871 North High Street at the corner of 15th Avenue on the campus of Ohio State. 


The Ohio State University Library System have many of one-of-a-kind endeavors that make us a valuable asset to Ohio State and the world.

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum houses the world’s largest collection of comic strip tear sheets and clippings. It also is home to unique, original art and manuscript materials.The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s primary mission is to develop a comprehensive research collection documenting American printed cartoon art, to organize the materials, and to provide access to these resources.

The Fine Arts Library is located in The Wexner Center for the Arts. Here, you'll find a range of book, journals, magazines and audiovisual materials to support the Departments of Design, Art, History of Art, and Arts Administration, Education and Policy. The collections number 150.000 volumes and support the research needs of faculty and students. 

The Thompson Library provides a variety of study spaces, an extensive collection, and faculty and staff to help with research.

The Arthur E. Baggs Memorial Library includes an extensive library on ceramics and ceramics-related material, including a large collection of ceramic art objects, many created by former Ohio State teachers and students. Printed materials circulate at the discretion of the Library. It is housed within the Department of Arts ceramic area, is a study collection of books, objects, tools, glaze notebooks, as well as many test tiles, primarily pertaining to the studio art movement in 20th century ceramics. The collection continues to grow under the guidance of the ceramic area's faculty.

Places to Visit

The Biological Sciences Greenhouse strives to provide quality living plant, insect and arthropod specimens for implementation in the educational experiences of students and the explorations of researchers at Ohio State.

Here at Ohio State, we offer a wide range of gardens for vistors, faculty, staff, and students to visit. Please be sure to check out Ohio State's Garden Information. 


The mission of Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD)  is to educate, inform, and inspire innovative thinking and experimentation in the area of arts and technology through collaborative academic and research experiences for graduate students and faculty.

The Department of Design defines design as a purposeful, systematic, and creative activity. Design is purposeful. Designers give form to products, spaces, and messages, and satisfy the functional, psychological, and aesthetic needs of users. Design is systematic. It involves the analysis of problems in our physical environment, and the transformation of findings into appropriate and usable solutions. Design is also creative. Designers must possess the expertise to devise compelling visual forms, and to advance applications of new technologies in all aspects of our lives.

Knowlton School of Architecture is an administrative unit within the College of Engineering at Ohio State. The school is comprised of three academic sections: architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning.

The Department of Dance is a community of diverse individuals trained on a common nexus of inquiry, the rich and complex phenomenon of dance. At the heart of the Ohio State dance experience is the notion of embodied scholarship, embracing the intertwining areas of physical practice, creative activity, and theoretical inquiry.

The School of Music is a place where dedicated people make exceptional music, stimulate artistic growth, explore educational methodology, and conduct ground-breaking research. 

The Department of Theatre is a vibrant, active department dedicated to the education and training of theatre artists, scholars, and teachers in an atmosphere conducive to creative scholarship and performance.

The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing offers free help with writing at any stage of the writing process for any member of the university community. During our sessions, consultants can work with you on anything from research papers to lab reports, from dissertations to résumés, from proposals to application materials. We also maintain a resources page with writing handouts and links to online resources.



The Historic Costume and Textile Collection is a scholarly and artistic resource of apparel and textile material culture. The 11,500+ holdings encompass a range of three dimensional objects such as textiles and articles of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children, including national dress costume, from the mid-18th century to contemporary 21st century designers. The Collection also houses a number of period fashion magazines, fashion plates, swatch books and commercial patterns. Particular strengths of the Collection are objects pertaining to central Ohio and the U.S. fashion industry.

The Orton Geological Museum is located in Orton Hall on the South Oval on the Ohio State Columbus Campus. Part of the School of Earth Sciences, the museum plays a key role in teaching, outreach, and research.  It is open to the public free of charge from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Explore  rocks, minerals and fossils from Ohio and around the world.

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is located in Dulles Hall 028 (230 W. 17th Avenue) on the Ohio State Columbus campus.