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Office Hours, our monthly drop-in series, returns for 2021! Join us for these spontaneous and surprising dialogues about the Wex or anything else going on in our worlds.

Each month at our Office Hours, we’ll be joined by a special guest (or guests!) for a free-flowing, casual conversation. The guest(s)could be a Wex staff member, art enthusiast, critic, artist, community member, activist, or friends and family joining together to talk about anything from recent favorite science fiction reading to baking at home to local legal voting initiatives and policies. Drop in for the whole hour or even just a few minutes to say "hi!" Feel free to listen, laugh, or address critical issues in these open conversations.

Do you want to host an "office hour"? Let us know your ideas and contact Jean Pitman at

The schedule for the 2021 Office Hours is below. Details on how to join the conversation are in the description. Please note that the schedule is subject to change and more guests will be announced throughout the year.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you have questions about accessibility or require an accommodation such as captioning or ASL interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Accessibility Manager Helyn Marshall at or via telephone at (614) 688-3890. Requests made by two weeks in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the Wexner Center for the Arts will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Photo of Maria Joranko looking directly at camera. Maria's hair is pulled back and she wears a pink top

Multidisciplinary artist Maria Joranko joins Office Hours on January 25 | Image courtesy of the artist

Image of Jo Snyder standing by an old piano. Jo is wearing a black shirt and rests their head on the top of the piano

Learning & Public Practice Department member Jo Snyder joins Office Hours on April 26 | Image courtesy of Snyder

Image of a crowded Wex Film/Video Theater. A sea of heads look toward a bright light projected on the screen

Members of the Wex Film/Video Department join Office Hours on February 22

Photo of Lucy Zimmerman wearing a pink shirt and looking at the camera while a dog rests its head on her shoulder

Wex Associate Curator Lucy Zimmerman joins Office Hours on March 29 | Image courtesy of Zimmerman

Office Hours schedule

Mon, Jan 25 | 11:30 AM: Maria Joranko chevron-down chevron-up

Join multidisciplinary artist Maria Joranko to chat informally about the combined powers of love, technology, plants, body awareness, self-care, music, and ideas about being able to present yourself however you want. Our physical selves will facilitate our virtual coming together so come as you are with a tall glass of water (not mandatory!) as we talk and nourish both body and mind.

Maria Joranko is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in the virtual world. She is pursuing her MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she will graduate in 2022. Maria has exhibited nationally and activated several nonart spaces in Columbus such as Fresh Town Farms and the MillWorks lots through her installation interventions and engagement with her community. She will be attending the Chateau Orquevaux residency in Orquevaux, France, in summer 2021. You can find her art here.

Join the Office Hours Zoom meeting here
Meeting ID: 950 8292 1699
Password: 206487

Mon, Feb 22 | 11:30 AM: Wex Film/Video Department chevron-down chevron-up

Members of our Film/Video Department will drop in throughout the hour to take your questions and talk a bit about our 25th Ohio Shorts program (reminder: get your work ready to submit for the next showcase!). Bring your questions, memories, stop in to say hello, or just tune in to listen and watch. Special mystery guests are also possible!

Join the Office Hours Zoom meeting here.

Meeting ID: 950 8292 1699
Password: 206487

Mon, Mar 29 | 11:30 AM: Lucy Zimmerman chevron-down chevron-up

Lucy Zimmerman, our Associate Curator of Exhibitions, joins us for an informal chat about her most recent exhibition, Climate Changing, on view starting January 30. Other topics of conversation include dogs, books you are currently reading, cooking adventures, music you have been jamming on as of late, and careers in the arts.

Join the Office Hours Zoom meeting here.

Meeting ID: 950 8292 1699
Password: 206487

Mon, Apr 26 | 11:30 AM: Jo Snyder chevron-down chevron-up

Learning and Public Practice Programs Coordinator Jo Snyder drops in for a casual chat about reading and book culture. Share your favorite book-related memories, tell us what’s on your to-be-read list, gush about your favorite books and writers, and hear from fellow readers in a no-pressure, nonjudgmental environment. Readers of all genres and reading levels welcome.

Join the Office Hours Zoom meeting here.

Meeting ID: 950 8292 1699
Password: 206487

Mon, May 31 | 11:30 AM: TBA chevron-down chevron-up

Mon, Jun 26 | 11:30 AM: Drawing Party with Wex staff members Joanna Hammer, Marlin Hauff and Jean Pitman chevron-down chevron-up

The Wex has a bunch of artists on our staff, so an informal drawing “office happy hour” is a no-brainer! An all-ages, nonjudgmental, playful online environment is promised. Stop by to draw, sketch, watch, teach, share, chat, or just pop in to see the art-in-progress.

Join the Office Hours Zoom meeting here.

Meeting ID: 950 8292 1699
Password: 206487

Mon, Jul 26 | 11:30 AM: Wex Store manager and buyer Matt Reber chevron-down chevron-up

More info to come!

Mon, Aug 30 | 11:30 AM: TBA chevron-down chevron-up

Mon, Sep 27 | 11:30 AM: Wex Executive Director Johanna Burton chevron-down chevron-up

More info to come!

Mon, Oct 25 | 11:30 AM: TBA chevron-down chevron-up

Mon, Nov 29 | 11:30 AM: TBA chevron-down chevron-up

Mon, Dec 27 | 11:30 AM: TBA chevron-down chevron-up

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Axium Plastics
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