13 E. Tulane

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on 13 E.Tulane / itlookslikeitsopen project space/place. Sandy Plank and Jessica Alcalde have a show there December 5th that everyone should be sparkling about.

Lantern version here: (note - they are not current students.)

Andy tells me:

"I think I'm hanging some recent photos actually. And some paper things. All of it will be highly questionable of course.


There are two rooms in 13 E. Tulane Road in Clintonville. What they are called is a matter of debate.

“A studio,” says one of the renters. “A project space,” says another. No, insists someone else – it is a “project place.”

Whatever it is, artists Ryan Agnew, Jamie Boyle, Herb Vincent Peterson and Aimee Sones all agree on one thing – their space is not just a gallery.

But it would be difficult to convince a curious passerby of this. The front room has the classic gallery look with its white walls and wooden floors.

But unlike most of the similar looking art establishments in Columbus that have one show up for an entire month, 13 E. Tulane holds a variety of events for shorter time periods.

Since opening last summer the space has been a venue for read-ins, art shows, garage sales, artist talks, yoga classes and a weekly video support group for filmmakers.

The four members of 13 E. Tulane met through Ohio State’s Master of Fine Arts program and three of the members worked together at OSU professor Ann Hamilton’s studio.

The idea for a collective space came out of a conversation between Boyle and Peterson while they were at work.

“I think the words I used at the time were, “I’m dying.” I need something. I need an outlet to share my ideas. Even if they just hit the wall and break to pieces,” said Peterson.

Convincing Agnew of the need was more difficult.

“Sometimes as an artist I feel like I would rather just be in a cave somewhere, a hermit. But that’s not the best thing for me. I need to be in the public sphere, I need the dialogue,” said Agnew.

After all four were on board, they started looking at places to rent. At first a building in North Campus seemed perfect. But after signing a contract and cleaning the room they found a surprise – a gaping hole in the floor that had been covered up.

After getting out of the contract the four found their current location on Tulane through a friend.

Unlike most art spaces, the four split the rent, which is actually cheaper than the four renting individual studio spaces. They do not rely on art sales or on renting out their space to others to cover costs.

“We don’t take public proposals and we don’t rent out the space. The things that have been happening in the space are things that we have generated or had happen through close friends. We’re personally invested,” said Sones.

However, there are opportunities open to the public as well. The weekly video support group that 13 E. Tulane has been promoting allows anyone who is working with film or video to show their work to an audience. After the showing a discussion is held offering constructive criticism to the artist.

The session on Nov. 3 showed an experimental abstract piece as well as a film of a miniature gallery going through different environmental effects by Dina Sherman and Sarah Weinstock.

The group meets weekly on the first three Tuesdays of the month.

 For more information on upcoming events visit http://itlookslikeitsopen.blogspot.com

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