Exhibit Columbus: What you need to know about our big design gig (and all the latest tweets)

What is Exhibit Columbus?

From the organizers: Explore the past, present, and future of design at 18 outdoor, site-responsive installations that energize spaces in and around Columbus’ masterpieces of modern architecture. The exhibition creates exciting new ways to experience Columbus’ design heritage for residents and newcomers alike.

Rick Valicenti's logo for Exhibit Columbus. Submitted

Five Miller Prize-winning architectural firms have created major installations on Fifth Street.  Five international design studios punctuate Washington Street with experiences. Installations by regional university students and local high school students showcase the future of design education.

Exhibit Columbus programs are bringing world-renowned talents in art, architecture, and design to downtown Columbus, Indiana, while re-energizing the local community around our design heritage.


Opens Aug. 26 through Nov. 26. It’s free.

Where are the exhibits?

What about guided tours?

Daily walking tours can be booked through the Columbus Visitors Center, 506 Fifth St.

The tour includes an overview of many of the 18 installations around downtown and the iconic Columbus landmarks and sites they’ve been created in relationship to. The tour will highlight the five Miller Prize installations, but will also explore installations by international designers, as well as students and professors from Midwestern universities.

Tour times: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays starting Aug. 29. Lasts about 90 minutes. Begins and ends at Visitors Center.
Price: $12
Book a tour: Click this link.
Phone: 812-378-2622 | 800-468-6564

What’s happening in the next several days?

Saturday, Aug. 26

  • The Architect’s Newspaper Opening Conversations, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library.
  • Opening Celebration from 2 to 4:30 p.m., beginning on Fifth Street at First Christian Church and the Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza to Mill Race Park. Free. This is a chance to meet the architects and designers participating in Exhibit Columbus at their installations.
  • Miller House and Garden Ticketed Champagne Tours departing from the Columbus Area Visitors Center, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost: $65. Information: exhibitcolumbus.org.
  • Free Mill Race Park 25th Anniversary Party, 4:30 to 7 p.m., including a folk-pop concert with duo Lily and Madeleine at 5 p.m. A community party open to all.

Thursday, Aug. 31

What: #drinking about design

Where: Upland Columbus Pump House, 148 Lindsey St.
When: 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and each Thursday until Exhibit Columbus concludes in late November
What it is: A weekly meet-up created to engage the community and connect fans of good design with people associated with the three-month Exhibit Columbus exhibition.
How much: Free

The Miller Prize Winners: Learn more

There are five Miller Prize Winners each awarded $75,000 for their design and build for Exhibit Columbus. The honor is named after industrialist J. Irwin Miller and his wife, Xenia Miller, a lifelong supporter of great art and architecture.

J. Irwin Miller launched Columbus’ architectural excellence when he hired top Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen to design First Christian Church, which was completed in 1942.

The Miller Prize winners are:

“Another Circle,” by ArandaLasch at Mill Race Park on Fifth Street.

Click here for story, photos: Stones project in Mill Race Park offers ties to Hoosier past. June 2017

“Anything Can Happen in the Woods,” by Plan B Architecture & Urbanism at Cummins Corporate Office Building, 500 Jackson St.

Click here for story, photos: Inspired Creation — installation to emulate ‘enchanted’ forest. July 2017

“Conversation Plinth,” by IKD at the Bartholomew County Public Library plaza, 536 Fifth St.

Click here for story, photos: Playful reworking of Eero Saarinen’s work at Miller House. February 2017

“The Exchange,” by Oyler Wu Collaborative at Irwin Conference Center, 500 Washington St.

Click here for story, photos: Duo of Los Angeles architects salute Eero Saarinen’s celebrated Irwin Conference Center. March 2017

“Wiikiaami,” by studio:indigenous at First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St.

Click here for story, photos: Title means wigwam in the Miyaamia language, spirituality at play. January 2017

Stories about Exhibit Columbus

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Exhibit Columbus is a photographer’s dream — all those stunning lines, colors and shapes juxtaposed against other architectural treasures. Visitors from near and far will be roaming around Columbus through November to see our design past, present and future.

Show us your design style and take photographs of you and your friends at the exhibits. Then share them with us.

Send them here: editorial@therepublic.com

We may use the photos online, in social media and in print. Include your name, where you took the photo and where you are from.

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