City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Concourse Gallery


The Concourse Gallery, programmed with the help of the Cultural Arts Commission is located at 3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington in the Municipal Services Center. The gallery has 181 linear feet and 3500 square feet in which to hang and install two and three-dimensional pieces of art.

Works exhibited in the Concourse Gallery are insured by the City of Upper Arlington. The gallery is located in a public gathering area and therefore, the gallery is considered "low security." All citizen groups meeting in the space are notified that they are prohibited from moving, removing, obscuring or touching the art in the exhibition.

Art pieces on exhibition may be sold or may be "not for sale." All sales transactions are handled by the artists, staff helps to facilitate this process. The Cultural Arts Commission does require a 10% commission. All art "sold" or "not sold" must remain in the gallery until the end of the exhibition.

Concourse Gallery Philosophy
The Concourse Gallery, a public reception area of the Municipal Services Center is home to our Visual Arts Series. The City of Upper Arlington has dedicated this space to the arts for over 30 years. Each exhibit features interactive pieces such as gallery guides and discussion prompts located throughout the gallery. ArtSpeak, a concourse conversation on art series of free lectures and Concourse Gallery tours make this venue accessible to visitors of all ages and art-sophistication.

Under the direction of the Staff of the Cultural Arts Division, the Cultural Arts Commission volunteers have established the Visual Arts Committee as part of its commitment to the visual arts in Upper Arlington. The Visual Arts Committee is a standing committee of the Cultural Arts Commission and its members are established authorities in the discipline of visual arts. The goal of the Visual Arts Committee is to provide exhibits that explore two- and three-dimensional work encompassing varied themes and ideas. Fine art, fine craft and applied art are all considered when programming the Concourse Gallery. Many successful exhibits have included themes such as culture, abstraction, source, symbolism, movement, decorative arts, human form, portrait, found objects and installation. The Visual Arts Committee may also create group shows that say something about a certain theme, trend in art, or group of associated artists while expanding the multi-cultural experience of the gallery. The Committee works to balance the desire and need for exhibition space and exposure by professional, emerging and community-based artists. Our Visual Arts Committee programs the eleven exhibitions in a variety of ways, from juried exhibitions to curated exhibitions to building partnerships with other galleries. Cultural Arts Division Staff often enlists the expertise of others in the arts to program the Concourse Gallery. By utilizing the talents of a variety of sources in our own community and beyond we are able to enhance the gallery experience for our community. The Visual Arts Committee is committed to bringing quality artwork to the community of Upper Arlington.

The Concourse Gallery is a place for work that is challenging, thought provoking and dynamic. Although primarily concerned with providing a space to show works of visual art, the Visual Arts Committee is innovatively integrating other art disciplines with visual arts in the Concourse Gallery and plans to host other artistic activities, such as music concerts or poetry readings in the space. Through the variety of arts programming provided, the Concourse Gallery acts as a vital and active resource for the community, raising awareness, accessibility and advancement of the arts.

Free parking is available in the parking lots accessed from either Tremont or Kenny roads.

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Mini-galleries outside the Concourse Gallery

We are proud to announce the installation of four new “mini-galleries” outside the Municipal Services Center. Featuring local artwork, they will also so be home to the occasional pop-up exhibitions by artists whose work we are featuring in the Concourse Gallery. Find out more about the history of this evolving exhibit on our Arts in Community Spaces page.

Apply to Exhibit in the Concourse Gallery

The Cultural Arts Commission is accepting proposals for the Concourse Gallery. The Concourse Gallery is located at 3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington in the Municipal Services Center. The gallery has 181 linear feet and 3500 square feet in which to install two and three-dimensional works of art. The Cultural Arts Commission will publicize the exhibit, print exhibition postcards that reach over 4000 households, distribute e-postcards to our e-mail list and provide an opening reception. The Visual Arts Committee offers an open call for artists; submissions will be reviewed on a quarterly schedule: January, April, July and November. The gallery is booked two years in advance.

General exhibit proposals must include the following (please take pains to adhere to these parameters, otherwise excellent work may be passed over):

  • Ten-digital images of work. Digital format requirements: Baseline JPG, 960 pixels horizontal/ 960 pixels vertical, 300 dpi, image file size must be less than 100 MBs. Do not send a zip or a .exe file.
  • Image list including title, medium, dimensions, and date completed
  • Contact information including: Name, Date, Address, Phone, E-mail, Website, Media
  • A resume, including a listing of previous exhibitions
  • An artist statement and brief description of artwork
  • Brief overview of the proposed exhibition including the number of works proposed
  • If you are interested in providing gallery talks, lectures, and/or workshops in conjunction with your exhibition, please provide details.

*Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

*Send completed Exhibition Request information to or to the Visual Arts Committee, c/o The Cultural Arts Division, 3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, OH 43221
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