OSU uRBAN aRTS sPACE
The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space serves as an exhibition and alternative performance space located in the heart of downtown Columbus, between the Columbus Commons and the Scioto Mile. Founded in 2008, 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. 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.
Urban Arts Space regularly opens a call for proposals to local, national, and international exhibitors, welcoming entries from artists of all disciplines. Juried exhibitions and themed shows, determined by a board of faculty, administrators, and community artists and donors, are held throughout the year. 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.