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Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise


131 Sullivant Hall
1813 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43210

Scott Jones

The Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise educates and prepares students for successful careers in the arts and related entrepreneurial fields. The center advances and increases students’ understandings of the business side of the arts and the worlds of arts management, policy and culture. 

About Lawrence and Isabel Barnett

Lawrence Barnett, a native of Orrville, Ohio, and alumnus of Ohio State, worked with Columbia Broadcasting System Artist Bureau, representing such notables as Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye, Ronald Reagan, George Burns, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Jack Benny. Barnett later became president of Music Corporation of America (MCA), chairman and president of General Artists Corporation (GAC), executive vice president of Chris-Craft Industries and vice chairman and director of United Television, Inc.

Isabel Bigley Barnett starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” and “Me and Juliet,” and is perhaps best remembered for originating the part of Sarah Brown in Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls,” for which she won a Tony Award in 1951. Isabel donated her extensive collection of theater memorabilia to Ohio State’s Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute in 1993.