The Shot Tower Gallery was founded in 1982 as part of the Ft. Hayes Visual Arts Building at the Ft. Hayes Metropolitan Education Campus. It is one of the longest running galleries in Central Ohio with a large and beautiful space that is a venue for large exhibitions that feature local and nationally significant artists. Exhibitions are featured that celebrate cultural diversity, promote community connections and provide interdisciplinary connections and educational resources in the visual arts.
The architecture is a focus, as is located in the historically significant Shot Tower building built in 1964 by the United States Army designed as an arsenal. It served as the Columbus Barracks to instruct recruits, specifically music boys, and for recruitment and training through WWI, II and the Vietnam War.