Art within the club

The Faculty Club has an long-standing history of compiling and displaying some of the finest art exhibits Columbus has to offer. Since it's founding in the early 1900's, the Faculty Club has been a home and gathering place for the University's creative class. The Club has attracted some famous artists over the years including Erwin Frey, Ralph Fanning, James Hopkins, George Bellows, James Thurber, Joseph Russell Taylor, Sidney Chafetz, Roy Lichtenstein and others. Contemporary artists still desire to exhibit their works in the Club's halls and public spaces.

Founded by the late Dr. Henry Hunker, the current art program has been in existence for over twenty years and throughout the past two decades has highlighted award-winning artists from Central Ohio and around the country, all with ties to Ohio State. Managed by our art curator, Lisa Craig Morton, this program provides a unique opportunity for the campus community to enjoy masterpieces created and curated by our very own.

The art program is comprised of three major components: rotating current exhibits in the first floor's main hallway and the Member’s Lounge, the Ohio State Photographic Society, which has a long standing tradition of displaying their photographs in the second floor hallway, and a permanent collection of historic works displayed throughout a variety of public spaces in the club.

The art program’s mission is to enhance the club’s space with distinctive artwork and to support the Ohio State and local art communities by highlighting the work of artists, both living and deceased, with ties to The Ohio State University. For more information about the Faculty Club art program, please contact Art Coordinator, Lisa Craig Morton, at 614-292-2262 or [email protected] & click on each of the headings below.

  • What's Here Now
    • These exhibits are changed six times throughout the calendar year and consist of the work of local and regional artists with ties to The Ohio State University. Past exhibitions have shown a wide variety of styles from abstract to representational and a wide variety of mediums from oil and water media paintings to print-making, fiber arts, ceramics and glass. The majority of works in current exhibits are available for sale through the club’s main office. Each exhibition is introduced with an opening reception hosted by the club and the featured artist. All of our exhibits are free and open to the public during regular club operating hours.

      Brian Ballenger

      A Series of Accumulations ~ Surface and Underlayer

      Artist Brian Ballenger has always been drawn to the abstract.  His paintings focus on brushstrokes of oil paint applied in individual strokes on top of differing backgrounds, some purely abstract, others inspired by the paintings of historic artists. A series of smaller painting studies works with areas of “fade” that contrast with the surrounding geography of the painting.  The technique of material capture as brushstrokes are dragged through the wet oil paint underneath figures prominently and communicates depth and light that shifts with the viewer’s perspective.  To read the press release about the Brian Ballenger exhibit, click here.  To see a price list of paintings included in the exhibition, click here.  To view Brian Ballenger's website, click here.

      Exhibit Dates February 24, 2020 to April 24, 2020 
      Opening Reception Friday, February 28, 2020 6:00 to 8:00 pm


  • What's Coming Next
    • 2020
      John L. Wilson

      Professor Emeritus H.IKE Okafor-Newsum

      T.M. Rudavsky

      karen snouffer


      Tiffany Lawson

      Jeff Stahler

      queen brooks

      The Abstract Athlete
      Group Exhibition

      Lee Ann Lander

      Please note that scheduled artists as well as dates and times of all exhibitions are subject to change without advance notice.


  • Permanent Collection
    • The Faculty Club maintains an impressive collection that includes various historic and contemporary works that are owned by the club, on loan from the University Archives or a part of private collections. These works are displayed throughout the club's public spaces and meeting rooms for your viewing pleasure. The Club's collection includes a number of historic fine arts treasures from artists including Carl Akeley, George Bellows, Ralph Fanning, Wooster Bard Field, Irwin Frey, James Hopkins, Robert King, Edgar Littlefield, Josef Presser, Joseph Russell Taylor and contemporary artists George Acock, John Behling, Viki Blinn, Sharon Dougherty, Dion Johnson, Dotti Lipetz, Catherine Bell Smith, William Tansey and Dave Terry.

  • How To Apply
  • Annual Art Auction

    • Save the date for the 2020 16th Annual Art Auction Friday, March 6, 2020 with Honorary Chair Mr. Andy Hudson

      To learn more, read the 2020 Annual Art Auction press release here

      The art auction will consist of both silent and live auctions including an ecclectic mix of historic and contemporary artwork. The preview and silent auction will start at 6 p.m.
      The live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m.

      Live music will be provided by Mr. Andy Launer during the preview and silent auction.  Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

      Both auctions will be free to the public and held at the Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. The event will benefit The Ohio State University Faculty Club Building Endowment Fund at The Ohio State University Foundation.

      If you are an artist or collector interested in supporting the 2020 art auction with a donation, please contact Art Coordinator Lisa Craig Morton at 614-309-0191 or view the 2020 Auction Consignment Form here.