The performing arts at Ohio State cultivate a vibrant environment where unlimited opportunities exist for creativity, free expression, real-world experience, strong traditions and community engagement.
From art galleries downtown to students performing in China, from Shakespeare productions to dance studios opening in the newly renovated Sullivant Hall — Autumn Semester is full of performances, exhibitions and concerts. Check out select events in Arts and Sciences Field Guide.
Thompson Library Gallery
The OSU Urban Arts Space challenges our ways of thinking about the performing and visual arts and their role in everyday life through conversation, art-making, and experimentation. The OSU Urban Arts Space encourages transformative experiences that expand worldviews, offer hands-on practical experiences in the arts and education, and develop new career skills to reflect an entrepreneurial culture.
Globalization is bringing profound changes in the economic, political, technological and cultural lives of nations around the world. These changes influence how education is understood, who it serves, how it is assessed, and how it is implemented. Ohio State is embracing these changes and is at the forefront of educational and public policy decision making in its creation of an innovative new resource.
The Orton Geological Museum is located in Orton Hall on the South Oval on the Ohio State University Main Campus. Part of the School of Earth Sciences, the Museum plays a key role in teaching, outreach, and research. It is open to the public free of charge from 8:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Explore rocks, minerals and fossils from Ohio and around the world.
Located in the heart of Ohio State's Main Campus, Hopkins Hall Gallery showcases the work of students, faculty, and established artists. Surrounded by walls of glass and natural light, this venue presents a diverse array of exhibitions that inspire collaboration, discussion, and growth among the university community.
Classical Archaeology is the study of the art, architecture, and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans, on the basis of their archaeological remains. The Museum of Classical Archaeology at Ohio State is designed to provide a significant focus for ongoing teaching, research, and outreach in a number of areas within the University.
Sullivant Hall is the cornerstone of Ohio State’s Arts District with state-of-the-art teaching, research and performance spaces. The newly renovated building is home to the Department of Dance; Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy; Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design; Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise; and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.
The Music and Dance Library, situated on the second floor of the 18th Avenue Library, houses approximately 80,000 disc and tape recordings, 130,000 books and scores, 12,000 serials, 5,600 microfilms, and a large collection of DVD and VHS videos. The library houses the former WOSU-FM collection of approximately 22,500 vinyl LPs of classical, jazz and operatic works, and the American Broadcasting Company collection of approximately 16,000 pieces of popular sheet music from the early 20th century to the 1950s.