The Columbus arts world will get a little less glamorous this week with the retirement of Sherri Geldin from the Wexner Center for the Arts.

After a 25-year tenure at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Sherri Geldin will retire this week from the Ohio State University museum she built into an internationally recognized home for contemporary art. Columbus Monthly has long covered her accomplishments and challenges, from a horrifying 2015 rampage by a gunman at the Wex to the many groundbreaking exhibitions she brought to Columbus, such as Ohio State graduate Roy Lichtenstein's homecoming in 1995 to Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection in 2014.

She was a one-of-a-kind arts leader in the city. After all, there aren't many other folks in Columbus who've been knighted by the French government for cultural contributions and count cult film director John Waters among their friends. As Adam Weinberg, the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, told us in 2016: "Sherri is considered one of the great museum directors of our generation.” 

Eleven years ago, we profiled Geldin just as she landed perhaps her biggest blockbuster: the exclusive U.S. showing of Andy Warhol: Other· Voices, Other Rooms—a retrospective of the late pop icon's wide-ranging catalog. The piece explored how this daughter of California found an unexpected home in the Midwest. You can read the September 2008 story here.


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