Manager of campus art announced

Megan Cavanaugh named manager of campus art

Megan Cavanaugh, a longtime Wexner Center for the Arts team member and current head of operations, has been named Ohio State’s first manager of campus art. She will begin her role on Nov. 6.

Megan Cavanaugh, manager of campus art

The manager of campus art will steward Ohio State’s collection of more than 1,300 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper. Cavanaugh will collaborate closely with a wide range of university partners, bringing greater visibility to Ohio State’s Ohio Percent for Art commissions and other campus art. Long-term goals for the new role include growing, diversifying, displaying and utilizing the art collections strategically to broaden engagement and further the university’s academic and public missions. The position will report to the vice provost for the arts and, secondarily, to the vice president of planning, architecture and real estate.

An early priority for Cavanaugh is developing Ohio State’s content for the Bloomberg Connects app, a free mobile platform offering access to exhibitions, collections and artists at more than 250 museums and cultural organizations worldwide. Participation will allow students, faculty and staff, as well as visitors to the Columbus campus, to take a self-guided tour of the university’s public art collection, expanding opportunities for access and engagement.

“At the Wex, I’ve had the privilege of engaging with artists and arts enthusiasts from across the campus and the community,” said Cavanaugh. “I am excited to build on those experiences by promoting, expanding and innovating new ways for all to engage with Ohio State’s rich public art collection.”

Since joining the Wex in 2003, Cavanaugh has held several positions, including director of exhibitions management, director of patron services and head registrar. She recently served as co-interim executive director with Kelly Stevelt, head of advancement and strategic initiatives. Continuing her long association with the exhibitions department, she worked closely with gallery-based programs and their budgets, contracts and logistics. Cavanaugh also occasionally acted as a curator on architecture- and design-related exhibitions. She has held her current role since 2019.

“Ohio State already has a strong public art collection,” said Vice Provost for the Arts and Professor of Art History Lisa Florman, “but we also have many opportunities in the near future to significantly expand and diversify it. I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that, if we do that well, our collection could rank among the best at public universities across the country. I’m looking forward to working with Megan to realize that vision, and to finding ways to have the art in all of our collections gain greater visibility as we integrate them more fully into the work we do here on campus and with the broader communities we serve.”

Cavanaugh, a two-time Ohio State graduate, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture and a Master of Business Administration from Ohio State.

“Along with other initiatives, such as the creation of the Provost’s Council on the Arts and Ohio State’s Artist Laureate, this new role of manager of campus art will contribute to the university’s ongoing effort to develop a distinct and significant voice for the arts at Ohio State, and to use that voice in local, national and international conversations,” said Florman. “Megan is ideal for this role. Please join me in welcoming her to this important new position.”