Artistic Impact

Collage of several Wexner programs representing artistic impact

Unique in its role as the only contemporary arts center of its kind—putting visual art, film/video, and performing arts on equal footing—that's situated at a major research university, the Wex serves as a vital creative laboratory for artists from around the globe and as an important cultural forum for the exploration of new work and new ideas.

"I can’t stress how essential it is that a place like this exists in the middle of the country away from the supposed cultural centers."
—Martin Scorsese

Since 1989, the Wex has offered nearly 450 residencies and commissions across all artistic disciplines, supporting works ranging from Brian Harnetty’s Shawnee, Ohio to the multicultural Fractus V by Belgian dance artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and from visual artist Sarah Oppenheimer’s pioneering sculptural monoliths to filmmaker Kelly Reichardt’s Sundance entry Certain Women. Last season, we supported new work from Bessie Award–winning choreographer Bebe Miller, a collaborative film/performance by Kronos Quartet and filmmaker Sam Green, and more. Details about the current season’s residencies is here.

Works created at the Wex have gone on to tour across the US and to nearly two dozen countries, including Brazil, Lebanon, France, Australia, and Japan; to prestigious festivals like Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival; and to venues ranging from the Whitney Museum of American Art, to the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Public Theater in New York to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, to name just a few.

Artists who have created work here have gone on to collect top honors, including Oscars, Tonys, MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants, Cannes Film Festival awards, and the National Medal of Arts.

The Wex hosts US and world premieres each year (and more than 40 performing arts premieres and well over 200 film premieres since 1989).

The nationally noted, state-of-the-art Film/Video Studio at the Wex churns out new work year-round, with about 20 emerging and established filmmakers and video artists working on their films here each year. A comprehensive and searchable online archive is being developed to catalogue these works.