Exhibit Columbus is an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community that alternates programming between symposium and exhibition years.

Opening August 26 and running through November 26, Exhibit Columbus seeks to celebrate Columbus, Indiana’s design heritage, while making it relevant to new audiences. The 2017 exhibition features 18 site-responsive installations that connect with and comment on Columbus’ design legacy. Visiting the exhibition is free and open to the public. Programming for Exhibit Columbus will occur downtown and attract world-renowned talent while at the same time re-energizing the local community.

The centerpiece of Exhibit Columbus is the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition. Five Miller Prize winners were selected by a jury of international and local leaders for the opportunity to design, build, and install a temporary project that responds to one of five sites on Fifth Street. In addition, landmarks all over downtown are sites for installations created by an international selection of designers, students and professors from prominent midwestern universities, and students from Columbus schools.

The exhibition features 18 site-responsive installations located outdoors and in dialogue with one of nine design icons.

About the Miller Prize Installations

The J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition honors two great patrons of architecture, art, and design by furthering their mission to make Columbus the best community of its size. Ten finalists participated in the 2016 symposium and presented proposals for temporary installations that respond to iconic sites on Fifth Street. Five prize-winning designs were selected by the jury to transform the cityscape and spark new conversations about Columbus’ design heritage during the exhibition.

Another Circle by Aranda\Lasch at Mill Race Park
Presenting sponsor: Upland Brewing Company

Anything can happen in the woods by Plan B Architecture & Urbanism at Cummins Corporate Office Building
Presenting sponsor: Cummins Inc. Conversation Plinth by IKD at Cleo Rogers Memorial Library

Presenting sponsor: Elwood Staffing The Exchange by Oyler Wu Collaborative at Irwin Conference Center

Wiikiaami by studio:indigenous at First Christian Church
Presenting sponsor: Haddad Foundation

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About the Washington Street Installations

For the 2017 exhibition Exhibit Columbus worked with five leading international design galleries to create innovative installations along Washington Street – Columbus’ “main street.” Each of the five galleries selected one designer from its stable, and each designer was challenged to create an object or experience that enhances human interaction and connection and that inspires community conversations about the role of design in daily life.

Columbus Circles by PRODUCTORA (Mexico City)
Selected by Maniera (Brussels)

PAUSE by Pettersen & Hein (Copenhagen)
Selected by Etage Projects (Copenhagen)

Playhouse by Snarkitecture (New York)
Selected by Volume Gallery (Chicago)

Stairway to Columbus by Formafantasma (Amsterdam)
Selected by Dzek (London)

Theoretical Foyer by Cody Hoyt (Brooklyn)
Selected by Patrick Parrish Gallery (New York City)

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About the University Installations

Located on the grounds of Central Middle School and next to Lincoln Elementary, the University Installations will showcase the cutting-edge work of five midwestern universities with masters programs in architecture and design.

Ball State University
College of Architecture and Planning

The Ohio State University
Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture

University of Cincinnati
School of Architecture and Interior Design

University of Kentucky
College of Design, School of Architecture

University of Michigan
Architecture Program, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

In addition Indiana University School of Art & Design interior design students will create an installation at North Christian Church with the help of a designer-in-residence.

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About the High School Installation

Six students from Columbus high schools have worked with architecture and design professionals selected by Indiana University Center for Art + Design (IUCA+D) to create the installation Between the Threads at the LHP Historic Post Office. For an entire year the Exhibit Columbus High School Design Team immersed themselves in the roles of architect and designer. They have met with professionals, working with local fabricators, and engaged community volunteers.

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