trace layer play is an arts-based research collective of graduate students and alumni from the Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy at The Ohio State University.
In 2020, four PhD students in arts administration, education and policy started a collaborative research journey to connect and motivate each other during the pandemic. Their 2021 exhibition marked the beginning of an arts-based research collective. As an annual exhibition, trace layer play dares to expose the messiness of the research process to public witness and invite visitors to explore, experience, and engage in the research process with them. Today, the trace layer play collective is composed of 14 graduate students and alumni who are co-creating a sustainable research community.