Join us for Opening Weekend
24–26 August!

Please join us as we kick-off Exhibit Columbus' inaugural exhibition. Beginning Thursday, August 24 there will be events happening throughout the weekend as we celebrate architecture and design in our city, the 18 installations of Exhibit Columbus in and around downtown, the architects and designers participating in the exhibition, and our community.

Plan Your Trip to Columbus, Indiana and experience Exhibit Columbus!

Featured Event
Friday 26 August Preview Party - Buy Tickets

Thursday 24 August

High School Installation Opening Celebration (Free)
LHP Historic Post Office Building
Times to be announced

Our opening weekend starts early as we open the High School Installation, with the six Columbus students that designed and built it, assisted by the Indiana University Center for Art+Design

Community Artwalk (Free)
Various Locations
Times to be announced

From there we will kick off a “Community Artwalk” where you will get to experience the many excellent exhibitions and events happening throughout downtown. All events are free and open to the public.

Shadow of an Unknown Bird
Opening at IU Center for Art + Design

Avenue of the Architects
by Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives
at the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library

Charley Harper Exhibition
at Columbus Area Visitors Center

Graphic Design Celebration
at Hotel Indigo

Friday 25 August

Exhibit Columbus Preview Party - Buy Tickets
Location to be announced
6:00–11:00 pm EDT

Please join us for the Preview Party of Exhibit Columbus’ inaugural exhibition opening. Come for an evening of cocktails, food, and entertainment in celebration of architecture, design, and community.

On the eve of Exhibit Columbus opening, the Preview Party will take place in a very special location featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment (location to be announced soon). This party will be an occasion to meet and honor the five J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize winners, other designers whose work is being presented in the 2017 exhibition, and those who have helped make this exhibition possible. Join the Exhibit Columbus team, the Columbus community, and others coming from near and far in celebrating this exciting event for our city.

VIP ticket holders may arrive at 5:00 pm for more intimate experience and conversation with Exhibit Columbus participants and supporters.

Exhibit Columbus University Installations Opening Celebration (Free)
Central Middle School
Morning - times to be announced

Early Friday morning we will have a special event at Central Middle School to open the six University Installations. Join the Exhibit Columbus University Coordinators, and the participating universities, for coffee and doughnuts followed by a presentation by the students and professors who created the installations. This is a chance for the university students to introduce their work to students and faculty at Central Middle School and also the community. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A outside on the lawn at Central in front of the installations themselves.


Saturday 26 August

Architect's Newspaper Opening Conversations (Free)
Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Red Room
Times to be announced

To get the day started, Architect’s Newspaper will host a wide-ranging conversation about architecture, art, design, and community. An exciting array of guests will include international experts, community leaders, and a few surprises.

Exhibition Opening Celebration (Free)
5th Street to Mill Race Park
Times to be announced

To officially open the inaugural exhibition of Exhibit Columbus, we are going to close down 5th Street, The Avenue of the Architects, and celebrate the accomplishments of the five Miller Prize Winners at each of their installations. You will get to hear from the Miller Prize Winners and help open their installations to the public as we process as a community from east to west on 5th Street, ending in Mill Race Park for a final celebration.

As part of this procession, we will have a special opening for all of the designers of the Washington Street Installations.