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Visual art and design

Our visual arts and design community, which includes the Department of Art, Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, Department of Design, Department of History of Art and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), advances contemporary aesthetic thought and practice in bold, compelling ways. We provoke thought, experiment, conduct research and forge interdisciplinary connections that demonstrate art’s presence in every facet of living. 

Our galleries are laboratories where our artists gain curatorial and exhibition experiences, showcase new work and engage with off-campus communities. 

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Performing arts

The opportunities for musicians, thespians and dancers in the Arts and Sciences are limitless. In the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Arts, the Department of Dance and the School of Music, which includes The Ohio State University Marching Band, our artists push the boundaries of creative performance, expression and research. 

While our creativity enriches our university, it extends beyond campus. Through collaboration with arts organizations in the Short North and downtown Columbus, our performing arts community forges valuable opportunities and connections between students, faculty and professional artists. 

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Introducing the new Arts District

In positioning all visual and performing arts disciplines around the revitalized entryway to campus at 15th Avenue and High Street, we are creating an arts ecosystem — an enduring, yet ever-evolving hub for artistic, educational, social and commercial interchange.

"The Arts District isn’t just about buildings. It’s about the connections that are going to be possible be between the campus and the community."


Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum houses the world’s largest collection of materials related to cartoons and comics, including original art, books, magazines, journals, comic books, archival materials, and newspaper comic strip pages and clippings.

Fine Arts Library

Designed to advance and study of the visual arts, the Fine Arts Library contains over 150,000 volumes of arts-related material from around the world.

Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art

In 1986, John and Susan Huntington, professors in the Department of History of Art, formally expanded their photographic collection with the Huntington Archive, which represents over 40 years of their field documentation photography.  

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theater Research Institute

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute collects, preserves and makes accessible materials documenting the performing arts, serving as a vast archive for performers, playwrights, choreographers, designers and artists.

Music and Dance Library

Located in the 18th Avenue Library, the Music and Dance Library boasts a massive collection of audio and video recordings, music scores and parts, and books and periodicals on music and dance.

Thompson Library

The Thompson Library gallery features exhibits from University Libraries’ special sections and curated by experts from around the university.

Hale Black Cultural Center Gallery

The Hale Black Cultural Center Gallery is one of the largest Black art collections in the United States and is recognized by the Association of Black Culture Centers as one of the top five in the country.

Bricker Hall Gallery

The Bricker Hall Gallery, located on the first and second floors of Bricker Hall, features university collections, artifacts, and the work of university artists, sculptors and artisans.

Faculty Club Gallery

The Faculty Club Gallery highlights some of the finest artists in the country, all with ties to Ohio State.

Arts facilities

Sullivant Hall

Sullivant Hall, a three-story Neoclassical Revival building that dates back to 1912, was completely reconstructed and refigured in a two-year project that included major core and shell infrastructure improvements, creating more visibility and better spaces for students. Today, Sullivant Hall brings together multiple arts units on campus, opening up new creative opportunities for students to work together in the visual and performing arts.

Sullivant Hall is home to:

  • Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD)
  • Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise
  • Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy
  • Department of Dance
  • Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

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Haggerty Hall

Hagerty Hall is where you’ll find the World Media and Culture Center, a series of spaces dedicated to global media and training in cutting edge technologies. Facilities include an individualized instruction center; hypermedia studio, global gallery, videoconference center and digital collaborative classroom.

The Crane Café on the first floor broadcasts live programs, such as news, weather, films and game shows broadcast in more than 14 languages. Sharpen your language skills by watching satellite broadcasts in the languages that you’re studying (while enjoying breakfast or lunch).

Haggerty Hall is home to:

  • American Sign Language (ASL) Program
  • Arts and Sciences Technology Services
  • Arts and Sciences Hagerty Hall Advising
  • Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Center for the Study of Religion
  • Comparative Studies
  • Crane Café
  • Digital Union
  • East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Film Studies Program
  • Foreign Languages Bookstore
  • French and Italian
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • World Media and Culture Center

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Hopkins Hall

Hopkins Hall recently underwent a complete two-year, two-phase renovation. On the outside, the dated brick exterior of the circa-1959 building was replaced with gleaming walls of glass. Inside, the entire structure was reconfigured to create more effective use of space for artists to work together, all with a nod to sustainability and energy efficiency. 

Hopkins Hall houses the university’s Department of Art and nearly all of its program areas, including ceramics, art and technology, photography, drawing and painting and printmaking.

Hopkins Hall is home to:

  • Department of Art
  • Hopkins Hall Gallery

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Hayes Hall

Hayes Hall was built in 1893 and is the oldest existing building on campus. Named for Rutherford B Hayes, U.S. president and three-time governor of Ohio, it was constructed in the Romanesque style of architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hayes Hall was completely renovated in 2010 as part of the comprehensive plan to make significant improvements to the university’s arts facilities. Today, the revitalized facility houses all three Department of Design programs together in one building. These programs – interior design, industrial design, and visual communication design – are housed on the first and second floors, with new spaces on the second floor that were reconfigured to create open studios for student work.

Hayes Hall is home to:

  • Department of Design

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Pomerene Hall

Located in the revived Mirror Lake District, Pomerene Hall has long been an emblem of campus. Its recent $60 million renovation — most of which was funded by the state of Ohio — is the building’s first major update in nearly a century.

Built in 1922, the hall originally served as a women’s student union, complete with a gymnasium and a swimming pool. In recent years the iconic building saw little use for its size.

The history of art main office, seminar spaces and graduate student reading room have largely been kept intact, and an updated faculty suite and new undergraduate study room will breathe new life into the department. For the undergraduate data analytics major, the renovation provides the program’s first dedicated physical space on campus.

Pomerene Hall is home to

  • Department of History of Art
  • Data analytics major
  • Translational Data Analytics Institute

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Sherman Studio Art Center glass making

The Sherman Studio Art Center, situated on Ohio State’s West Campus, is home to the Department of Art’s glass and sculpture areas. Artist and alumnus Roy Lichtenstein endowed the center in honor of former Ohio State Art Professor Hoyt L. Sherman.

The glass program occupies 11 rooms of the center, which is equipped for "hot" glass forming including glassblowing and glass casting; "warm" processes including glass fusing, slumping, casting, enameling and decorative surface work; and "cold working" glass such as grinding, cutting, drilling, sandblasting and construction of stained glass and fabricated sculpture.

The sculpture area houses a foundry, full metal fabrication shop, full wood shop and plenty of fabrication space.

Sculpture and glass students share a gallery, The Clean Space, a 35-by-24 foot space used for class critiques, student exhibitions, artwork experimentation and documentation.

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