Public and University Programs

Each school year, the students, faculty, and staff of Ohio State and other area colleges and universities bring programs at the Wexner Center to life. Over the center’s more than 30-year history as a multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art, we have collaborated with departments from every corner of campus. A nexus for cultural research, production, and experience—and a platform for the robust exchange of ideas—we continue to serve as a resource for our campus and community.

For more information about how we can work together, email the Department of Learning & Public Practice at or call (614) 292-3535 and ask to be transferred to the department.

Faculty Collaborations

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Alongside our faculty partners, Wex curators, educators, and other staff members enhance and contribute to university courses through guided tours, guest lectures, project support, research, master classes, and more. Over the years, we’ve been delighted to see the Wex embedded in on-campus classes and seminars where students attend and respond to programs, performances, and screenings as part of their coursework. In addition, we frequently invite faculty members from Ohio State and other colleges and universities to lead gallery talks during the academic year. To discuss upcoming initiatives or explore curricular connections, please send an inquiry to

Recent Collaborations with Ohio State

Ohio State Architecture students participate in a workshop ran by Sarah Oppenheimer

Some partnerships with faculty, students, and artists span the course of several semesters. Below are examples of recent long-term collaborations between campus partners and our exhibitions, film/video, performing arts, and Learning & Public Practice departments.

  • During her two years as a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipient, Sarah Oppenheimer collaborated with Ohio State’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to develop a new, patent-pending pivot mechanism central to her installation in our galleries. Find out more about the exhibition and related public programs.
  • Our Department of Film/Video cosponsors Ohio State’s annual DigiEYE event, an evening of new visual digital media works by undergraduate and graduate students from the university’s Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts; Department of Art; Department of Dance; and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design.
  • Catalyzed by the Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award, a cohort of Ohio State undergrads and grad students chronicled the Wex’s 2019–20 performing arts season online and in a student-driven publication. Read writing selections and more about the work led by Karen Eliot in Ohio State’s Department of Dance. The project continued on in 2020–21.
  • Since 2018, the Wexner Center has partnered with Ohio State’s Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Cognitive Science Club to present an annual program featuring scholars from around the world.
  • Diversities in Practice is a partnership with Ohio State’s Department of Art featuring talks and dialogues by a diverse and global selection of artists, scholars, and practitioners. See the Talks & More section of for a list of upcoming talks.
  • Open House is a partnership with Ohio State’s School of Music and Department of Dance featuring work by faculty and students and activities that include live performances, art-making studios, and film screenings.

University Tours

The Wex offers tours of our exhibitions and Peter Eisenman–designed building for university courses or groups of any discipline. Resources developed by Wex staff are available to course instructors. Gallery admission and docent-led tours are free for all university students with a valid college ID. Contact us at at least three weeks in advance to find out how we can design and schedule an experience together based on your course objectives.

University Cosponsorships

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The Learning & Public Practice department reviews proposals for university cosponsorships held at the Wex. These may include an artist or scholar talk, conference, or reading. Frequently, we support cosponsorships that intersect with the center’s programmatic areas and contemporary topics. Please note that we review cosponsorship proposals three to four months in advance.

Talks and More

Filmmaker Julia Reichert and visual artist LaToya Ruby Frazer talk onstage with Senator Sherrod Brown

Encounter extraordinary artists, filmmakers, architects, curators, critics, and cultural commentators, and engage with Ohio State faculty and visiting experts in illuminating gallery talks, lectures, panel discussions, readings, and book signings. Explore current and past programs here.


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Please find detailed information about our academic internships and upcoming deadlines on these pages:

Student Teaching and Research

All university students are invited to apply to the Interpretive Practices Program, which includes several positions for students interested in gallery teaching, writing about art, and art-related research. Inquire about opportunities at

Student Benefits

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College students enjoy free gallery admission (with valid ID) and discounts on tickets to most performances and films at the Wexner Center. Learn more about other ways to join at the Wex membership page.

Film Education Programs

In partnership with the Wex Film/Video Studio Residency Program and Department of Film/Video, we offer programs and experiences to participants interested in learning from professionals about all aspects of film and filmmaking. Youth are invited to participate in short workshops, work-in-progress screenings, artist talks, and more. They may also submit their films to Ohio Shorts, our annual showcase of short films made by Ohio filmmakers of all ages working in all genres—from documentary to animation.

Contemporary Art, Learning, and Public Practice

Contemporary Art, Learning, and Public Practice is a semester-long applied museum education course offered through the Wexner Center in partnership with Ohio State’s Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy (AAEP). Students are encouraged to participate in the course, and all have the option to pursue course credit. This hands-on experience brings the theoretical into the realm of the practical and offers participants the chance to develop and discover skills applicable to the arts, education, cultural, and nonprofit sectors.

The Contemporary Art, Learning, and Public Practice course is taught by Dionne Custer Edwards, Head of Learning & Public Practice. The course is offered once a year in the fall. Space is limited. For more information, contact the Department of Learning & Public Practice at