What does Ohio State mean to innovation in the arts?

What does Ohio State mean to innovation in the arts?

But for Ohio State, Bebe Miller would not have a world premiere, and an exhibition in her honor. Bebe Miller, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Department of Dance, dancer, choreographer, and founder and director of the New York-based Bebe Miller Company, started autumn semester 2012 with a bang--a residency, a world premiere new work, a retrospective exhibition, and several prominent awards.

Miller completed her fourth creative residency at Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, where she created an evening-length duet called A History, which premiered there in September 2012. The month before, Ohio State’s Urban Arts Space hosted Bebe Miller: Tracing History, an exhibition that explored the history of her choreography, from her earliest days as part of the downtown New York City dance scene to her current endeavors.

She also garnered several national awards this past year. She was one of 21 of America’s most vital and productive performing artists announced as the first class of Doris Duke Artists. And she was a 2012 recipient of the J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award given by the Society of American Archivists.

The New York native, who now considers Columbus her home, is proud to be a Buckeye. “I can trace my connection on a daily level to Ohio State,” she said.

The Arts Initiative supports a global community of artistic educators through alliances with state, national, and international organizations, and serves as the umbrella for multiple aspects of the arts on and off campus. It includes two galleries, the Urban Arts Space, located downtown in the historic Lazarus building, and Swing Space Gallery, which is located in the Gateway near campus and functions as a learning space for faculty and students.

The Ohio State University/Royal Shakespeare Company collaboration was established in 2008. Its Stand Up for Shakespeare program has impacted more than 4,000 Central Ohio area school children, 40 Columbus public school teachers, and numerous theatre students.

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