Columbus has a history of manufacturing things. In large-scale operations, engines and baby accessories quickly come to mind.

But in a city where people make a variety of products in the course of their day jobs, production for some of them doesn’t end when they head home for the day. Instead, it is only just beginning.

Working in their garages, home studios or community maker spaces, Columbus residents also produce high art and fine crafts. This small-scale production will be the focus of “Columbus Makes,” an Indiana University Center for Art and Design exhibit opening Friday through Jan. 22.

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The seeds for the show were sown in the spring as IUCAD gallery director Jennifer Riley considered Columbus’ manufacturing history. It was something she and her husband, IUCAD director T. Kelly Wilson, noticed when they moved to the city five years ago.

If you go

Columbus Makes

When: Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; exhibit runs through Jan. 22. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m.  Tuesday through Friday.

Where: IUCA+D, 310 Jackson St., Columbus.

Cost: Free

Information: 812-375-7550,

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Jenny Elig is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5671.