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Tuesday: 11 am - 8 pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 - 5 pm


Exhibitions and Gallery Talks



Please come and join us for our next Department of Art event February 8, 5:30 pm at the Seaboard Depot Art Studio (941 Front Avenue) for a lecture and reception for Margaret Cogswell, MOVING THE WATER(S): ASHOKAN FUGUES installation in ArtLab (941 Front Avenue).

Margaret Cogswell is a mixed-media installation artist born in Memphis, Tennessee, raised in Japan, and now residing in New York City. Ms. Cogswell earned a B.A. degree in English literature at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, and a M.F.A. degree in sculpture from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University (1982). In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (2007 and 1993) and three Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants (1987, 1991, and 2017).

Since 2003, Ms. Cogswell has been developing an ongoing series of River Fugues projects which have been exhibited internationally. River Fugues are individually unique site-specific installations which utilize the musical structure of a fugue to weave together video and audio components into installations exploring the interdependency of people, industry, and rivers in post-industrial cities.

River Fugues began in 2003 by exploring the river and steel mills in Cleveland, Ohio, while in residence at SPACES World Artists Program. Lured by fire, water, and the imposing presence of the volcanic steel mills at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, her site-specific response to that research became Cuyahoga Fugues, an encounter with generations of stories reflecting the life and dreams embodied by the Cuyahoga. This experience became the inspiration for creating an expanded body of work, exploring the lives of other rivers.

In ArtLab, Cogswell's installation reflect the MOVING THE WATER(S): ASHOKAN FUGUES. This installation is an elegy to the people of Catskills who lost their land and homes through eminent domain for the building of the Ashokan Reservoir which supplies drinking water for New York City though its aqueduct system.

Other River Fugues include Hudson Weather Fugues created for Wave Hill in the Bronx (2005) and Buffalo River Fugues for Hallwalls, in Buffalo, New York (2006). In 2008 and 2007, sections from Cogswell's ongoing series of River Fugues installations were exhibited as a part of the exhibition Melting Ice / Hot Topic: Envisioning Change at the Field Museum in Chicago, the Ministry of Culture in Monaco, and the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium. In fall 2009, a solo exhibition of River Fugues was presented in the De Pree Art Center in conjunction with the Critical Issues Symposium, At Water's Edge: Complacency, Thirst, Action, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Mississippi River Fugues is the fourth in this series and was created for a solo exhibition at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, in Tennessee in fall 2008 and is continuing to be developed for presentation in other cities along the Mississippi River in the coming years. In 2009-10, Hudson River Fugues is included in the exhibition Lives of The Hudson at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. Among other River Fugues in progress are the New River Fugues in Virginia and Wyoming River Fugues for the Art Museum at the University of Wyoming in Laramie (2012).


Creighton Michael
In Process
Curated by Joel Carreiro
January 23 - February 17, 2018
Illges Gallery
Reception: Tuesday, January 23 at 5:30 - 7:00 pm


A special premier of Carving Air, choreographed by Courtney Collado and performed by the CSU Dance with music by Bruce Roter, CONSTRUCT

The Ilges Gallery at Columbus State University is proud to present an exhibition of works by Creighton Michael spanning the years 2000 to 20017. Michael reinterprets the practice of drawing through an investigation of the drawing process across a range of media. Exploring the transformative possibilities of mark making, he realizes works through a variety of drawing, printmaking, painting and sculptural materials and methods as well as video and sound. His visionary conceptualization of mark making connects his practice to other notational systems as wide-ranging as musical scoring, calligraphy, shorthand, and scientific notation.

While Creighton Michael's work is fueled by a restless curiosity, his practice is based on rigorous procedures of inquiry and discovery related to the scientific process. This methodology remains the elastic core of a practice issuing from elemental mark making but spinning off wildly unique bodies of work. Having established material decisions and set processes in motion, Michael often operates at one remove from the action. Starting with the most elemental and personal creative act - marking, he often defers direct touch or invites outside participation in the form of collaborators. From the incorporation of mold growth as pictorial incident, to collaborations with composers, printmakers and videographers, Michael's participatory generosity continues to enrich his work.

Michael has had solo exhibitions at the High Museum of Art; Katonah Museum of Art, Vanderbilt University; the Queens Museum of Art at Bulova Corporate Center; Neuberger Museum of Art; Colgate University; University of Richmond Museums, and The Mint Museums, as well as numerous galleries and art centers in New York City and throughout the United States. Abroad he has had solo exhibitions in Copenhagen, Montreal and Reykjavík.

Creighton Michael holds an M.A. in Art History from Vanderbilt University and an M.F.A. in painting and multimedia from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a grant recipient of a Pollack Krasner, a NYFA and Golden Foundation Award. His work is in various private and public collections including the Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum, of Art High Museum, Metropolitan Museum, National Gallery of Art, McNay Art Museum, Ogden Museum, The Phillips Collection and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

He has been on the faculty at R.I.S.D., Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Princeton University and Hunter College. The artist lives and works in New York.

 ARTICLE: On the Mark – The Art of Creighton Michael, Huffington Post by D. Dominick Lombardi

Bay Gallery

Jordan Walker
January 16 – February 3

Green Patriot Posters
Organized by the Canary Projects
February 8 – 24
Reception, February 16, 5:30 – 7 pm
With a special viewing of High School Poster Design Contest 

Student Juried Art Exhibition
March 13 - April 17, 2018
Reception, March 13, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
A special Scholarship and Juried Exhibition
Award Reception April 17, 5:30 - 7:00 pm 

ArtLab Gallery

Margaret Cogswell
Ashokan Fugues Project
February 1 - March 3
Artist Talk and Reception: February 8, 5:30 – 7

Thomas Knauer
March 15 - April 7
Artist Talk and Reception: March 15, 5:30 – 7 pm

Jon Lumpkin
April 12 - May 12
Artist Talk and Reception: April 12, 5:30 – 7 pm

Fulcrum Gallery

Book Arts/Papermaking
On Bookmaking
February 8 - March 3

Graphic Design Students
On Design
March 8 - 31

Printmaking Students
On Printmaking
April 5 - 28

On Foundations
May 3 - July 28


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The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery

Corn Center for the Visual Arts, 921 Front Avenue  (Not a mailing address for GPS use only)
The Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery is located in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts. It occupies 3,250 square feet with 20-foot ceilings. The gallery has been designed to accommodate professional art exhibitions as well as student exhibitions such as the annual Senior Thesis exhibition. The gallery program presents 6 – 8 exhibitions per year, both national and international in scope, often with accompanying lectures and gallery talks. The Illges Gallery is free and open to the public.

Hours of Operation & Parking
Tuesday: 11 am - 8 pm and Wednesday - Sunday: 11 - 5 pm, or make an appointment with Hannah Israel at
Parking: 920 Front Ave or street parking if available

Art Lab

Seaboard Depot Studio Building, 941 Front Avenue (Not a mailing address for GPS use only)
The Art Lab gallery is located in the newly renovated Seaboard Depot Art Studios. Art Lab is a 450 square foot exhibition space for new and emerging media, Digital Arts and Design, and experimental exhibitions. Art Lab also supports the VASRP program and adjacent studios by allowing short-term, working installations. Like the Illges Gallery, this space features track lighting and projection capabilities. Exhibition receptions and special events are open to the public.

Hours of Operation & Parking ( Please see attendant in the Illges Gallery to have access in the ArtLab)
Tuesday: 11 am - 8 pm and Wednesday - Sunday: 11 - 5 pm, or make an appointment with Hannah Israel at
Parking: 920 Front Ave or street parking if available

Bay Gallery

The Bay Gallery is located in the secured common area of the Corn Center for the Visual Arts Building. Bay Gallery is a 1,500 square foot exhibition space for student exhibitions, community outreach programs, and for teaching support. Like the Illges Gallery, this space has excellent track lighting, 20-foot ceilings and movable walls. Exhibition receptions and special events are open to the public.

Hours of Operation & Parking
For Public access inside the Bay Gallery see attendant in the Illges Gallery.
Tuesday: 11 am - 8 pm and Wednesday - Sunday: 11 - 5 pm, or make an appointment with Hannah Israel at
Parking: 920 Front Ave or street parking in front if available

Fulcrum Gallery

The Fulcrum Gallery is the fulfillment of a long-held desire to expand our community outreach by establishing a high visibility exhibition space in Columbus's thriving Uptown district. Fulcrum's location as a small window-front space provides the public exciting contemporary arts 24/7 while providing information about public programming offered by the Department. Exhibitions are visible from the sidewalk on Broadway.


CSU Art on Campus Program

The Art on Campus Program provides high quality works of art from the CSU Permanent Collection displayed throughout the Main University Campus as well as the RiverPark Campus. This program is managed by the Department of Art.