Fall Arts Guide: Ohio Art League on the move

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

As reported last week, the Arts Initiative at Ohio State has been working to bring artists into empty retail spaces at South Campus Gateway, and a new institutional partnership was pending.

Rumors started swirling that Ohio Art League was the partner to be named after "For Lease" signs appeared late last week in the windows of the nonprofit artist organization's Short North gallery space.

By the night of Gallery Hop, the gallery was closed and rumors were confirmed in a letter posted alongside the realtor signs - Ohio Art League would re-open in a new space at Gateway.

By Sunday, moving was already well under way into the storefront between Landmark's Gateway Theater and The Happy Greek. Ultimately, the move represents collaboration between the Arts Initiative, South Campus Gateway, OAL and Grandview's Couchfire Collective.

Arts Initiative spokeswoman Victoria Ellwood called the partnership "Win win win." The Gateway area will see more activity and OAL will get a new home, currently rent-free, during a lean time for the organization and nonprofits in general.

OAL board member and Couchfire president Adam Brouillette explained that Couchfire will provide "fun in-between programs" to supplement the League's monthly member-curated shows, including music and performance events and programs in partnership with the Gateway Theater, which is managed by fellow Couchfire member Kevin Ward.

The new space will open Oct. 8 with a solo exhibition by Joey Monsoon. According to OAL president Haley Boehning, "His draw is enormous. It's a very fortunate thing that he will be our first show."