Who We Are

The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space is an exhibition and non-traditional performance space located in the heart of downtown Columbus, between the Columbus Commons and the Scioto Mile. Founded in 2008, Urban Arts Space serves as an arts laboratory for local, national, and international artists and as a professional launching pad for students. Functioning much like a teaching hospital, a large portion of Urban Arts Space daily operations is carried out by Ohio State students from all disciplines, guided by a small professional staff. Through free public exhibitions, programs, performances, and events, Urban Arts Space offers hands-on experiences in the arts and professional development opportunities for Ohio State students and faculty, and the community. Programs range from poetry readings, crafts, and children's art activities to lectures, artist's talks, exhibitions, performances, receptions, and tours. Urban Arts Space is housed in the historic Lazarus Building in downtown Columbus, the largest gold-certified LEED renovated building in the region. In partnership with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Urban Arts Space offers tours of the Lazarus Building's rooftop garden--one of its most widely known efforts in sustainability, which recycles rainwater to flush toilets throughout the building. Urban Arts Space upholds the highest possible standards in accessibility as well, offering touchable tours for the blind and low-sighted and specially tailored tours upon request. Urban Arts Space regularly opens a call for proposals to local, national, and international exhibitors, welcoming entries from artists of all disciplines. Its juried exhibitions and themed shows, held throughout the year, range from painting to architectural design concepts, visual art exhibitions to dance installations, providing meaningful experiences with a range of topics and mediums. Urban Arts Space is free and accessible to all. Urban Arts Space is easily reached by foot, car, bike, or COTA bus, located next to the Town Street stop on the #2 bus line.



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Urban Arts Space challenges ways of thinking about the visual and performing arts and their role in everyday life through conversation, art-making, and experimentation. Urban Arts Space encourages transformative experiences that expand worldviews, offers hands-on practical opportunities in the arts and education, and enables students to gain career skills that reflect an entrepreneurial culture.


Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, Urban Arts Space joins The Ohio State University with the state of Ohio and the world, functioning as an arts laboratory for faculty and artists and serving as a professional launching pad for Ohio State students.


Urban Arts Space provides a venue for reciprocal learning for 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.  Urban Arts Space guides students to pragmatically develop the skills necessary for life-long practice in, not only the arts, but also in not-for-profit pursuits.


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