The Ohio State University's Urban Arts Space is a 10,000 sq.-ft. exhibition and non-traditional performance space located in the heart of downtown Columbus, between the Columbus Commons and the Scioto Mile. Founded in 2008, the Space is an arts laboratory for Ohio State faculty and community artists, and a professional launching pad for students.
Through free public exhibitions, programs, and events, the Space offers hands-on experiences in the arts and professional development opportunities for OSU students and faculty, and the community. Programs include poetry readings, film and video screenings, crafts, children’s activities, art making classes for adults and students, lectures, artist talks, exhibitions, receptions, tours, and more.
Urban Arts 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 which is then used as a primary water source in 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 shows to dance installations–providing meaningful experiences with a variety of topics and mediums. Urban Arts Space is always free and open to all. It is easily accessible by bike or COTA bus, located next to the Town Street stop on the #2 bus line.