The Fine Arts Center Galleries offer a wide range of free exhibitions and events to all area community members in support of the BGSU vision: As a public university, BGSU focuses on contributing to the public good and embraces its role as a national model in addressing the educational, economic, and social vitality of our region, the state of Ohio, the nation, and the world.

Our exhibitions include challenging and engaging contemporary work by nationally recognized artists as well as faculty and student shows that highlight some of the most talented and successful artists of this region. Visitors are invited to explore collaborative and inclusive events and presentations that foreground political, social and cultural themes through dialogue, creative ideas and new knowledge.


Text over decorative background. Text: Destroy the Gap; What's Expected; What's Possible

Opening: May 12, 2023, 5-7pm

Exhibition: May 12–June 4, 2023


DESTROY THE GAP is an exhibition of 24 contemporary designers and artists engaging in disability discourse through aesthetics. This exhibition reveals the gaping abyss between the lived experience of disabled people and the lagging expectations of the not-yet-disabled. Coinciding with the UCDA Design Education Summit: SAME/DIFFERENCE, DESTROY THE GAP continues the mission of exploring accessibility, disability justice, belonging, and inclusivity.

All exhibitors identify as disabled, care workers, or allies, who will showcase artworks displaying disability justice, lived experiences, radical futures, and beloved community. Creators like Jen White Johnson, Chanika Svetvilas, and Rebirth Garments will exhibit a multitude of mediums from video to fashion to fiber. 

Opening Friday, May 12th from 5-7 pm in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, this free-
to-the-public event will be available to experience until June 4, 2023.

“I'm not a patient person, but I'm willing to take the long view when I have to. We're making things better by doing the work of gathering the data we need, which will eventually make things more accessible. We will eventually change lives, and we will eventually destroy the gap.”

—Sheri Wells-Jensen after her first parabolic flight with other disabled researchers for AstroAccess

DESTROY THE GAP is wheelchair/mobility-aid accessible. Artist statements and artwork information will be available in large-print and braille variations at the exhibit. Please indicate if you need additional special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at or 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday   11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.         
Sunday   1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Closed University Holidays   

Appointments may be available for groups and classes. Contact

All exhibitions are free and the public is welcome

All galleries are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the upper level of the Wankelman Gallery

Parking is free evenings after 6 p.m. and on weekends in Lot N

The Fine Arts Center gratefully recognizes generous support from:

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The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the BGSU Fine Arts Center Galleries with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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