hear here: artist-run spaces and collectives in Ohio


2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Wexner Center Performance Space

1871 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

(614) 292-3535

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Explore the exciting opportunities and complex challenges facing Ohio’s DIY contemporary art ecosystem at this open-forum discussion featuring organizations from across the state.

At this session presented on the occasion of the Wexner Center’s 30th anniversary, you’ll hear from the artists and advocates leading Ohio’s radical, risk-taking arts organizations and residency programs. Founders of past and current artist collectives and DIY spaces will discuss their experimental models of making and exhibiting work, providing insight into their vitality and successes.

All are welcome to join this gathering, especially students, artists, and arts organizers living and working in Ohio. Ample time for informal participation and Q&A will be built into the afternoon. While there are many relevant and urgent topics to raise as a group, discussion topics will center on three major areas: placemaking, community, audience, and access; growth, sustainability, and the life cycles of DIY spaces; and issues surrounding representation, gentrification, and displacement. We endeavor to not just explore the state of Ohio’s alternative spaces, but to find new ways to collaborate, communicate, and share resources and knowledge.

Participating groups include: Anytime Dept. (Cincinnati), Blue House Gallery and Studios (Dayton), Cart Pushers Studio Residency (Columbus), friend collective (Columbus), Maroon Arts Group (Columbus), MINT Collective (Columbus), The Neon Heater Art Gallery (Findlay), No Place Gallery (Columbus), Wave Pool (Cincinnati), and others.

As part of Ann Hamilton’s project featured in HERE, when an object reaches for your hand, the artist invites the public to bring objects from their own lives to be digitally captured during this event with an early generation scanner. The image may be included in future iterations of this project. Click here for details.