Artistic Impact

Collage of several Wexner programs representing artistic impact

As the only contemporary arts center of its kind at a major research university, the Wexner Center strives to advance culture for a vibrant and equitable society. Investing in the creative process, we serve as a laboratory for multidisciplinary artists from around the globe.

"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 its founding in 1989, the center has offered more than 500 residencies and commissions, supporting the creation of original and relevant works by performing artists such as Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, whose projects explore the intersections of Blackness, queerness, and power; visual artists, including Carlos Motta—whose forthcoming exhibition delves into themes of colonialism and oppression; and media artists such as Hope Ginsburg, whose immersive installations probe the relationships between the ocean, art, and human well-being. (View a complete list of current residences here.) The internationally noted Film/Video Studio residency program has provided support for hundreds of filmmakers, offering postproduction curatorial and editing expertise to artists at various stages of their careers. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve adapted to meet artists’ changing needs, extending residencies and shifting online as required to help them develop their ideas—and generate new ones.

Each year, the Wex hosts US and world premieres, presenting more than 60 performances and more than 200 film premieres since 1989. Works created at the center have gone on to tour the United States and nearly two dozen countries, including Brazil, Lebanon, France, Australia, and Japan; have appeared in prestigious festivals like Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival; and have been shown in venues that include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Film at Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and theaters on Broadway. Artists who have created work here have collected top honors, including Oscars, Tonys, Bessie Awards, MacArthur Foundation “genius” grants, Cannes Film Festival awards, and the National Medal of Arts. A comprehensive and searchable archive is currently being developed to provide access to Wexner Center activity and artistic output over the decades.