Student art to be installed on Campus bus

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In March 2010, Ohio State graduate student Benjamin Kent sat down with Alive and shared his dream of transforming city buses into moving, dynamic galleries that displayed local art.

More than a year later, the Oh Art Community Project is coming to life.

This summer, paintings, photography and other art created and juried by Ohio State students will overtake part of the Campus Area Bus Service, the university's main transportation system.

"Last fall, I ended up working on a strategic plan," said Kent, who's about to finish a master's degree in city and regional planning. "That really showed the awesome elements that it brings to a transportation system that people are using and people are spectating."

Kent partnered with various university organizations and students to hone and expand the project, which will be installed by June 6.

Between seven and 13 pieces will transform the interior of a CABS bus, and additional works will cover a shelter stop near the Ohio Union. Student art submissions will be accepted until May 18.

The Oh Art-ed bus will run on Campus Loop South, because the route has the highest ridership, said Chris Kovitya, spokesman for OSU's Transportation and Parking Services.

"We wanted to make sure it got some good exposure," Kovitya said. "We're really proud to sponsor it."

Oh Art also will include a summer show at the OSU Urban Arts Space and development of a map of public art visible along Campus Loop South.

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