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 lisa@ohio-statefacultyclub.com & 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.

      Central Ohio Watercolor Society (COWS)

      Juried Group Exhibition of COWS Member Artists

      Founded in 1964, the Central Ohio Watercolor Society is the preeminent transparent watercolor society in the region. This juried exhibition includes a wide variety of styles and subject matter and features forty paintings by twenty-seven different artists.  Prize-winning paintings will be announced on Friday, May 3 at the opening reception.  To read the press release about the COWS exhibit, click here.    

      Exhibit Dates April 30, 2019 to July 5, 2019
      Opening Reception Friday, May 3, 2019 6:00 to 8:00 pm



  • What's Coming Next

    • 2019
      January/February
      The Estate of Dotti Lipetz


      March/April
      Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson 


      May/June
      Central Ohio Watercolor Society
      Group Exhibition


      July/August
      Daniel Gerdeman


      September/October
      Jane Flewellen


      November/December
      Paul Hamilton


      2020
      January/February
      Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative
      Group Exhibition


      March/April
      Brian Ballenger


      May/June
      John L. Wilson


      July/August
      To Be Determined

      September/October
      Percy King


      November/December
      To Be Determined

      Please note that scheduled artists as well as dates and times of all exhibitions are subject to change.


       


  • 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 6th Annual Art Auction Friday, March 6, 2020


      The art auction will consist of both silent and live auctions. The preview and silent auction will start at 6 p.m. The live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available. 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.