Wave Pool's main gallery space is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12-5pm. There are also often corresponding exhibitions in our Locker Room Gallery.


Current Exhibition:

Let It Grow

July 14-September 1

Playing upon the contemporary fixation on houseplants, Let It Grow is an exhibition that explores the ways in which artists frame our human and plant interdependent relationships. Plants are self-sustaining organisms—they only need sun and rain to survive. So what does it mean for us to remove these living organisms from their natural habitat, and make ourselves their sole caretakers?

The artists featured in Let It Grow investigate this relationship from various angles: NY-based collaborators Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao (known as “CHIAOZZA”) create sculptural “Cartoon Plants” out of paper pulp—returning the processed organic vegetation back to its rightful form. Dayton, Oh based artist Sydney Joslin-Knapp incorporates both celestial bodies and flowers into an oversized diorama—creating a cosmic portal in our gallery, from which to observe these faux blooms. And lastly, Columbus, Oh-based multimedia artist Danielle Julian-Norton who owns a working farm and creates installations of living plants will create a new sculpture for the gallery out of cob and water plants.

As part of our programming for this exhibition, we have partnered with local musicians, artists and activists Triiibe to put on a Vibe-A-Q, August 14, 5:30-8:30pm. This event will consist of urban gardening classes at our Camp Washington Community Garden, a local street sweep, and subsequent vegan potluck.

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Upcoming Exhibitions:

Wave Pool Pool Party
August 18

Social Medium: Photography as a Tool for Community Collaboration
September 15 – November 10
Social Medium exhibits and facilitates projects that create archives of communities that are made collaboratively with the communities they are documenting. Artists have made a place for themselves in the world of social work, being recognized as instigators for community redevelopment and being able to build communication and collaboration in communities through creative means. This exhibition will display the results of several of these collaborative approaches to photography, as well as see a community-based shared photography project to fruition with our own community.  

 Social Medium is supported by Fotofocus as part of the Open Archive Biennial

Invisible Labor
November 17 - January 5
When done well, the labor done by art preparatory crews (frequently made up of teams of working artists,) is invisible. For this show, Wave Pool is teaming up with local art handlers and preparatory crews from area art institutions to put on an exhibition that aims to make visible the labor and practice of building, installing and creating art exhibitions. Exhibition installation succeeds when it is invisible and seemingly effortless, yet those who do this kind of preparatory work are often artists themselves. By highlighting the invisible labor of those working the back of the house in our area arts organizations, we are underlining the efforts of those whose work is often left out of the artistic canon.

 Invisible Labor is supported by an ArtSTART award from the Ohio Arts Council


Past Exhibitions:


The Curatorial Residency Program is supported by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign as well as through an ArtSTART award from the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2018 Art Space Is Your Space Artist in Residency program is funded by a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.