Current Events

  • 2021 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Virtual Edit-a-Thon (Virtual Event) 2021 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Virtual Edit-a-Thon (Virtual Event) March 24, 2021

    Join the Wexner Center for the Arts, University Libraries and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum for the third annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

    Despite its wide reach, Wikipedia suffers from a severe gender gap: the online encyclopedia has fewer and less extensive articles on women and queer artists. This inclusive event is dedicated to improving coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. On March 24, we invite you to edit Wikipedia throughout the day and contribute to closing the information gap online. No experience necessary!

    Event organizers will be available to answer questions and assist editors in an open Zoom meeting from noon – 4 p.m. Before the event, participants are encouraged to first create a Wikipedia account, log into the dashboard, and register for our open zoom meeting.

    Event organizers: Courtney Hunt, Art and Design Librarian (OSUL); Caitlin McGurk, Associate Curator for Outreach & Engagement and Assistant Professor (BICLM/OSUL); Kay Clopton, Assistant Professor-Practice (BICLM/OSUL); and Alex Adcock (WCA).

    Please continue to check this page for additional updates and editing resources.

    Additional information:

    Before our event on March 24, please visit go.osu.edu/editaf2021 to create a Wikipedia account and join our event dashboard.

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    If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email libevents@osu.edu as soon as possible. Requests made at least one week prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

  • Art+Feminism Special Guest: MariNaomi (Virtual Event) Art+Feminism Special Guest: MariNaomi (Virtual Event) March 22, 2021

    Art+Feminism is an international community that strives to close the information gap about gender, feminism, and the arts on the internet. In conjunction with the 2021 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, hear from award-winning author, illustrator, and cartoonist MariNaomi.

    As a way to highlight underrepresented cartoonists, MariNaomi founded and maintains the Cartoonists of ColorQueer Cartoonists, and Disabled Cartoonists databases. These databases are used by booksellers, librarians, academics, editors, book publishers, event organizers, readers, and more. This event features a conversation between MariNaomi and Caitlin McGurk,  Associate Curator and Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

    This event is presented by the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, and University Libraries.

    About the Speaker

    MariNaomi (she/they) is the award-winning author and illustrator of  Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016),  I Thought YOU Hated ME (Retrofit Comics, 2016), and the Life on Earth trilogy (Graphic Universe, 2018-2020). Her work has appeared in over eighty print publications and has been featured on websites such as The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, The Rumpus, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast and BuzzFeed.

    MariNaomi’s comics and paintings have been featured by such institutions as the Smithsonian, the De Young Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Asian Art Museum, and the Japanese American Museum.

    In 2011 and 2018, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is the founder and administrator of the Cartoonists of Color Database, the Queer Cartoonists Database, and the Disabled Cartoonists Database. She has taught classes for the California College of the Arts Comics MFA program, and was a guest editor for PEN Illustrated. She is a cohost of the Ask Bi Grlz podcast with author Myriam Gurba.

    MariNaomi lives in Los Angeles with a husband and a menagerie of cats, dogs, and butterfly babies.

    MariNaomi’s website

    If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email libevents@osu.edu as soon as possible. Requests made at least one week prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

  • Creative Pathfinders: Kumasi J. Barnett (virtual event) Creative Pathfinders: Kumasi J. Barnett (virtual event) March 3, 2021

    Join College of Arts and Sciences for a series of conversations that trace the careers and highlight the groundbreaking accomplishments of our dynamic OSU alumni in the arts and design. This event is presented by the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.

    Kumasi J. Barnett received his MFA from The Ohio State University in 2008, and now lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Influenced by the aesthetics and narratives of comic books, his work subverts and imbues the often-timeless genre with a present-day social consciousness. Barnett frequently paints directly over old copies of comic books, changing their narratives into critiques of police brutality, racial profiling, and more broadly, systemic racism.

    Barnett’s works have been exhibited widely both in the United States and abroad, including exhibitions at Lowell Ryan Projects, Los Angeles, CA; the SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, NY; City Lore, New York, NY; Con-Artist Collective, New York, NY; The Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY; Sulphur Bath Studio, Brooklyn, NY; and The Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY. Museum exhibitions include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa; The Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; and most recently the Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA. Barnett presented a solo booth with Lowell Ryan Projects at The Armory Show 2020, in the Focus section curated by Jamillah James. Barnett’s work has been featured in Artforum, Ammo, Vibe, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, AutreArtnet News, and The Guardian, among others.

    Professional Website: http://www.kumasijbarnett.com/

    Interviewers: Courtney Hunt, Art & Design Librarian and Assistant Professor, Fine Arts Library and Caitlin Mcgurk, Associate Curator and Assistant Professor, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum