Message from the Director

Christine Ballengee Morris photo

Welcome to the Barnett Center. A new year and I have many things to share. The Center now has an oversight committee. This committee oversees the Center to make sure that we are meeting our mission and vision. The committee is made up of five individuals: Wayne Lawson, Margaret Wyszomirski, David Bruenger, Susan Melsop, and Shoshanah-Goldberg-Miller. Through their guidance we have ended the Ambassador Program and have created an advisory committee that has both University and community experts: Vesta Daniel, Rebecca Nelson, Erin Hoppe, and Jason Janoski. The advisory committee helps with providing University and/or community information. We have an exciting 2018-2019 planned.

I am looking forward to coninuing programming that is student focused and creating an environment where ideas, research and scholarship can converge in an open, student-led format. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the Barnett Center and hope that if you have ideas or questions that you will reach out to me at

Thank you and have a great semester!

Christine Ballengee Morris, PhD
Interim Director
Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise

About Dr. Ballengee Morris

Dr. Christine Ballengee Morris is a Professor in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, was founding Director of the Multicultural Center at Ohio State, and former Coordinator of American Indian Studies. Dr. Morris' research interests include self-determination, identity development, Indigenous arts, integrated curricula, service-learning, visual culture, and arts-based research. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Dr. Morris worked as a curricula developer for a children's art museum in Charleston, WV and taught in public schools for over a decade. In addition to her scholarship and teaching, Dr. Morris is a performing artist, who has held numerous artists-in-residence positions in several states with her late husband, David E. Morris.