Message from the Director

Alison Crocetta Photo

Dear Friends of the Barnett Center,

I began my directorship during an Autumn Semester like no other. This is a time when everything is under pressure. The impact of COVID-19 on the arts has been profound, and it is too soon to gauge the lasting effect it will have on this vital aspect of our culture and sector of our economy.

However, I remain an optimist. I have been heartened by the tenacity of our students and the generosity of our community at OSU and in Columbus during such a stressful time for our country and the world.

In these first months of my appointment, I have focused my attention on building stronger relationships with our global alumni networks across the arts and design through programming such as the Creative Pathfinders webinar series, which will commence next semester. These curated interviews will celebrate the achievements of our alumni in the visual arts, design, dance, and music by highlighting their groundbreaking careers and contributions to their fields. I have also partnered with colleagues from the Departments of Art; Arts Administration, Education and Policy (AAEP); History of Art; and Design, as well as the Urban Arts Space gallery, on a new proposal to produce an MFA catalogue that will take the form of a printed publication and related website. It will be a wonderful example of professional practice in action within the context of our respective MFA programs. Finally, next spring the Barnett Center will join forces with the Center for Career and Professional Success on programming related to their Summer Internship and Opportunity Fair. These plans highlight what is possible when we collaborate on interdisciplinary initiatives that truly harness our collective power within the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University.

I have also embarked on the important process of assembling an expanded Barnett Center Advisory Committee that will help me to focus the future possibilities of the Center. Our goal is to position the Center as a hub for all arts units on campus within the soon-to-be-launched Arts District at OSU, as we continue our mission of preparing our students for successful, innovative, and vibrant careers in creative fields. We will clarify our strategic plan, look for ways to increase related curricular offerings for our students and members of our broader community, and find new opportunities to expand the impact of the Barnett Center both regionally and nationally.

I want to extend a warm welcome to Allison Kobosky, who recently joined the center as the Assistant to the Director. An alumna of OSU, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Education and Human Ecology. Allison was a Fashion and Retail Studies major with minors in both Business and Studio Art and a participant in our Scholars Program. I am delighted to have her support and expertise on board.

I am honored to be a part of this next phase of the Barnett Center’s unfolding. Please be in touch with me at if you have questions or would like to invite the Center to a new collaboration.

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year,

Alison Crocetta Signature

Alison Crocetta, Director
Associate Professor, Department of Art


About Alison Crocetta

Alison Crocetta maintains a hybrid art practice that draws on her experience working within the realms of sculpture, performance art and the moving image. Her projects are often interdisciplinary and collaborative. Crocetta’s work has been performed, exhibited and screened in Brazil, Norway, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, with recent solo exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). Other exhibition venues have included the Queens Museum and the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY; the Bronx Museum of the Arts in Bronx, NY; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT; Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY; MIT List Center for Visual Arts and Harvard University in Cambridge, MA; and the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, OH. 

Crocetta’s honors and awards include an Individual Excellence Award in the category of Interdisciplinary/Performance Art from the Ohio Arts Council in 2015, a 2011–2012 Franklin Furnace Fund award for performance art, and a 2010–2011 EMPAC DanceMovies film commission. She was an artist-in-residence at the Nordic Artists' Center in Dale, Norway; the Agora Collective in Berlin, Germany; the Film/Video studio program at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH; and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York City. Crocetta was also a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the recipient of an NEA grant in sculpture. 

Crocetta served as the Director of Foundation Studies in the Ohio State University Department of Art from 2005–2015. Before joining OSU, she held teaching positions at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University and the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and served as the Associate Chair of the Foundation Department of the Parsons School of Design at The New School. 


· BFA, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University 

· MFA, Tyler School of Art at Temple University 

· Alumna, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture