Regular Events

First Thursdays

On the first Thursday of every month, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy an informal get-together at the Ross. Enjoy light refreshments, music, and the company of your peers. These events are posted on our website and published in the OWU Daily.


A select number of exhibiting artists each semester are invited to offer master-classes that share their processes and practice. These are generally extended weekend opportunities that allow students, faculty, and community members to learn new techniques from a variety of artistic voices. These events are posted on our website and published in the OWU Daily. No experience is required. Reservations are necessary and material fees may be charged. Classes are discounted or free for OWU faculty, staff, and students.

Get To Know the Ross: For Departments

We want to get to know you better. If you are interested in learning how the Ross can support your departmental activities, we invite you to make an appointment to come visit us. Based on your department’s areas of interest and focus, we can customize a collections tour, discuss opportunities for collaboration, and familiarize faculty and staff with our spaces. This opportunity is especially geared for groups. Alternately, we are happy to visit to your department during a regularly scheduled meeting. For more information, please contact

Individual Class Visits and Object-Based Learning

We welcome class visits to our current exhibits. No reservations are needed during operating hours. Museum staff will accommodate visits outside of regular hours on a case-by-case basis. Guided tours of exhibits are available on request. Please email with tour requests or to make a reservation.

We invite faculty to incorporate art into your class or syllabus by teaching with objects from our collection. Schedule a collections visit to identify artworks of interest and reserve our education room for teaching with the Ross artworks. We suggest faculty contact the museum at least two weeks in advance of the desired class, so objects can be identified and pulled prior to the visit. Support for teaching with objects can be provided on request. Special accommodations will be made for students or faculty members with accessibility issues. Please email for more information or to schedule.

Exhibition Opportunities

Course-Integrated Exhibitions

Starting in 2018-2019, two exhibit slots per year will be available to faculty who wish to develop an exhibit with the museum. These exhibits are meant to support and extend classroom learning and departmental teaching as well as engage items from the museum’s permanent collection.

No exhibition experience is necessary but please note that exhibits in the Ross galleries typically are planned two years out. Exhibit slots are currently being offered by invitation. For more information, please contact

Responsive Exhibition Opportunities

Museum staff can develop a limited number of exhibits that complement symposia, respond to current topics of relevance to campus, or honor the contributions of alumni and other influential people to campus. Exhibits of this type, which respond to a topic of immediate relevance, are generally best suited for spaces with more flexible scheduling such as the Ross hallway galleries, Mowry Alumni Gallery, and Gallery 2001 in Beeghly Library. These will be considered on a case-by-case and rolling basis. For more information, please contact

Host an Event: Share Your Creative Research

These pop-up programs are flexible opportunities for faculty who wish to share creative work and scholarly research with the OWU campus and community members. Consisting of single-evening events in the museum, these programs take place the year or semester of the request. Opportunities are dependent on available space. Generally, the Ross requests that funding is shared between the museum and the faculty member’s home department. For more information, please contact