Exhibit Columbus announces curatorial theme and partners

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Exhibit Columbus has announced the curatorial theme for the 2022-23 cycle of events, Public by Design, which will be the focus of the 2022 Symposium planned for Oct. 21 and 22 and the free Exhibition, which will take place in downtown Columbus next fall.

This is the fourth cycle of Exhibit Columbus, which was first launched in 2016 as a program of the nonprofit organization Landmark Columbus Foundation, and an internationally-recognized exploration of community, architecture, art, and design.

The program celebrates and advances the modern legacy of Columbus through a two-year cycle of events. For this cycle, Exhibit Columbus is working with six Curatorial Partners, including:

  • Paola Aguirre, Urban Designer, BORDERLESS
  • Chris Merritt, Landscape Architect, Merritt Chase
  • Lauren M. Pacheco, Civic and Cultural Artist, Steel Studio Foundation
  • Bryony Roberts, Designer, Writer, Educator, Bryony Roberts Studio
  • Raymund Ryan, Curator at Large, The Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Holly Warren, Assistant Director for the Arts, Economic and Sustainable Development Department, City of Bloomington

The Curatorial Partners created the theme to explore how collaborations between communities and designers can revitalize and reimagine historic downtowns as equitable, beautiful, healthy, and joyful places, Exhibit Columbus officials said. Public by Design serves as a platform for other communities around the country to become energized by the values of inclusivity, care, and generosity. This cycle celebrates creative methods of collaboration that communities and designers can use to grow a sense of belonging and connection in public spaces.

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