What is Art & Environment at the Wex?

Are you eco-conscious and interested in contemporary art? Will you be in 11th or 12th grade during the 2015-16 school year and do you want to pursue your independent interests on campus at The Ohio State University? Think about coming to the Wexner Center one day a week during the fall of 2016 to explore contemporary art and see how artists, scientists, and activists are working to protect our natural environment. Students meet and interview contemporary artists involved in Wexner Center projects and take field trips to environmental research and service sites around Columbus as well as further afield. Students’ final art work will be exhibited at the Center in December 2016.

Art & Environment is open to high school juniors and seniors in the central Ohio area. The course is free to those admitted and comes with transportation assistance, free books, and supplies. Regular computer access is essential for students of this course as much of the work is completed online. Students must secure parental and teacher approval for school building absence on class days. High school course credit is arranged with individual school systems through the State of Ohio’s Flex Credit policy.

Applications are still being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Apply here.


Read about Dariel Bustos Chaves, who took A&E in 2010 and is now doing great things at The Ohio State University!

Some comments from A&E 2014 students:

“This class was really helpful and eye opening. There are so many things we can do to impact others in a positive way and we are that upcoming generation to take action and it all starts with a change.”

“I loved every article I read for this class. Every single thing I learned was new and interesting and relevant.”

“I think this class definitely prepared me for a college setting, having to make my own schedule and get myself to class. I’m very interested in environmental change and I’m excited to take more classes like this one.”

“This course helped me discover the truth about the world. I learned to understand the reasons why the world is changing. I didn’t expect to feel differently about life after this course.”

“I loved the diversity and talent of the class. We had very interesting comments during class discussions.”

“I feel empowered to take my passion for the Environment to newer heights. Many of the things I learned through reading articles and watching films will stick with me forever.”


Some comments from A&E 2014 parents and sponsoring teachers:

“I believe participation in this course will result in my daughter having greater confidence and experience using art to communicate ideas – hopefully in ways that influence people’s thinking.”

“The big takeaways involved skills: learning how to complete a large project, dealing with scope creep, developing the flexibility to change direction/plans, etc. I feel certain that the experience will affect her in ways we cannot predict, but seeing how she responded to the opening and the public reaction and having to talk about and explain her project was invaluable and also provided skill practice. Bravo!”

“[This course] gave [my daughter] a valuable life experience and makes her a better citizen.”

“This was an incredible opportunity. It wasn’t for everyone, given the amount of self-direction needed, but it was great. And the self-direction needed provided an excellent representation of life after school and a way to practice important skills. It also aligns with the strengths teens have at this age toward social consciousness and action.”

“Thank you all at the Wexner Center for everything you did to provide these students with an informative, enlightening learning experience this semester.”



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