Past Education | Public Programs

Wex Wide Open

Part of our free and low-cost Zoom programs for families, Wex Wide Open invites audiences of all ages to experience what our dynamic, multidisciplinary arts center has to offer.

Explore the current exhibition HERE: Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin in our galleries with “quickie” tours and gallery hunts. Make your own mixed-media art using found language, images, and other materials with artist Bobby T Luck. Take part in a whistling workshop with world champion Emily Eagen. Look inside our legendary Film/Video Studio where hundreds of artists have created or completed their work. And, in honor of the Wexner Center’s 30th Anniversary, take in a free screening of Little Man Tate (1991), starting at 1 PM in the Film/Video Theater. Partially filmed on location at the Wex, Jodie Foster’s directorial debut tells the story of a gifted boy (Adam Hann-Byrd) and his single mother (Foster), who struggles to find him the resources he needs to blossom to his full potential. (99 mins., 35mm)

As part of Ann Hamilton’s project featured in HERE, when an object reaches for your hand, the artist invites the public to bring objects from their own lives (a stone from a window ledge, a special gift, an old spoon, a figurine) to be digitally captured with early generation scanners. There are also opportunities to pose for her ongoing portrait series O N E E V E R Y O N E. The images may appear in a forthcoming publication commemorating Ohio State’s 150th anniversary. See the calls for participation below for details.

Schedule of Events

1–4 PM Studio activities

1–4 PM Ann Hamilton object scanning

1–3 PM Ann Hamilton portrait sessions

1–3 PM Tours of HERE exhibition

1–4 PM Clean water information fair

1 PM Screening of Little Man Tate

3–4 PM Whistling workshop with Emily Eagen

3–4 PM Film/Video Studio tours

Don’t miss this year’s Zoom: Family Film FestivalColumbus’s only annual celebration of family entertainment from around the world. The fun kicks off with Disney’s 1968 classic The Love Bug on Nov 29 and continues Dec 6–8.

when an object reaches for your hand • calls for participation
Contribute objects to be scanned
Volunteer to be photographed

Family watching a film

Zoom family programming event, photo: Katie Spengler Gentry

Mother holding child up

Zoom family programming event, photo: Katie Spengler Gentry

Kids laughing in film/video theater

Zoom family programming event, photo: Katie Spengler Gentry

Child waiting at table

Zoom family programming event, photo: Katie Spengler Gentry

Mother and child crafting

Zoom family programming event, photo: Katie Spengler Gentry

Child filling bag of treats

Zoom family programming event, photo: Katie Spengler Gentry

YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAM SUPPORT
American Electric Power Foundation
Megan and Mark Kvamme
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Art4Moore Fund
Heirloom Café
The Blackwell Inn

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The Nature Conservancy Ohio
Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District
Ohio State’s Ohio Water Resources Center

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation

SUPPORT FOR ARTS ACCESS
Cardinal Health Foundation
Huntington Bank

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Wex Wide Open