Urban Art Space Grand Opening

Friday, February 8, 2008 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Urban Arts Space


Reception

Friday | February 8 | 5:30 to 8:00pm

It was standing room only at the February 8th, 2008 grand opening celebration of the OSU Urban Arts Space in the historic Lazarus building in downtown Columbus! An estimated 1,200 people flocked to the College of the Arts' new exhibition and alternative performance space for the festivities, which included costumed stilt-walkers, music from a student mallet ensemble, a Carnival costume in action, a student jazz ensemble, food, drinks and fun. The event also celebrated the opening of two inaugural exhibitions, Midnight Robbers: The Artists of Notting Hill Carnival and Linking the Past to the Future, a look at the Lazarus building through the years. Mayor Michael Coleman gave remarks to the crowd at the evening event, as did Dean Karen Bell and OSU President Gordon Gee.

The College of the Arts opens the doors of the new OSU Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St in the historic Lazarus building, downtown Columbus. The 10,000 square feet of exhibition and alternative performance space in the heart of the city has been a long-time dream of the college and the university, and will serve as a professional launching pad for students, according to Dean Karen Bell.

The OSU Urban Arts Space has scheduled a grand opening Friday, Feb 8, from 5:30 to 8 pm to celebrate the space and its inaugural exhibitions. All are welcome to the grand opening; simply call 614 292-8861 to RSVP. The festivities will include remarks from Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, OSU President Gordon Gee and Dean Bell. Informal tours will be offered, and the evening will include live music from OSU percussion students, costumed stilt walkers and refreshments.

Exhibitions include Midnight Robbers: The Artists of Notting Hill Carnival, a look at the incredible artistry of the London Carnival, co-curated by Lesley Ferris, OSU Theatre, and Ruth Tompsett of London. It runs Feb 4 to April 4.

The Midnight Robbers exhibition is generously supported by the Arts Council of England, Mayor of London, Ohio Arts Council, Greater London Arts Council and The Ohio State University.

A second exhibition, Linking the Past to the Future, takes a look at the beloved Lazarus store and its historic building through the years. It will be on view Feb 5 to March 7.

Kelly Stevelt has been named deputy director of the OSU Urban Arts Space, 614 292-8861. Prudence Gill serves as chief curator. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am to 2 pm; Thursday 4 to 8 pm; and the first Saturday of each month, 4 to 8 pm. In addition, groups are welcome by appointment.

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