What did it look like before it looked so good? Check out these images to see how the Ohio State Urban Arts Space went through its transformation from rough space in an empty building to one of Columbus's hottest gallery spaces.
The College of the Arts, working with the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation and the City of Columbus, is about to embark on an exciting new enterprise in the heart of downtown Columbus.
The OSU Urban Arts Space will occupy 10,000 square feet in the former downtown Lazarus building, which is currently in the midst of a complete renovation for a wide variety of uses.The OSU Urban Arts Space has been designed as flexibly as possible in order to accommodate a wide variety of arts events and activities. Arts exhibitions in the broadest sense will constitute the primary mission of the Space, and all areas of the visual and performing arts will be involved. Programming will be in the hands of faculty and students from across the College of the Arts, who will select exhibitions from a periodic call for proposals, and students themselves will be directly involved in curating many of the shows. The length of exhibitions can be variable ranging from rapid turn over (48 hour projects) - to long term of a month or more. Exhibitions can take many forms, such as: group exhibitions of a thematic nature; interdisciplinary projects, screenings, performances; exchange exhibits; interactive installations; teaching exhibitions; curatorial projects.
Situated at the center of the Columbus community, the space will have a major outreach and engagement mission. Efforts will include: Lunch-time lectures; high school, middle school visits (Ft. Hayes, AIMS, etc.); extension of projects outside the confines of the space; symposia. In addition, as Columbus is the capital and central urban community of the State of Ohio, The OSU Urban Arts Space, located footsteps from the Statehouse, will serve as a center for artistic activity with statewide impact, reflecting OSU's mission as the flagship public university in Ohio.
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