The Opening Weekend events bring together the esteemed group of exhibition participants to discuss their installations in the context of the unique design legacy of Columbus. Opening Weekend is also a celebration of the entire Columbus community that, for over 75 years, has invested in their belief in the power that art, architecture, and design has to improve peoples’ lives and making cities better places to live.

Exhibition Conversations / Free and open to the public

The Exhibition Conversations provide a platform for participants to respond to their fellow designers and provide a better understanding of the intentions behind their projects, allowing attendees to learn more about the designers experiences responding to and working within Columbus’ unique design legacy.

Opening Party / Ticketed event

A ticket to the Opening Party provides an evening of cocktails, food, and entertainment in celebration of Exhibit Columbus as we toast the designers and supporters who made the 2019 Exhibition possible.

The 2019 exhibition, Good Design and the Community, is free and open to the public, and will transform downtown Columbus through December 1.

Friday 23 August

North Christian Church

4:00 pm / Welcome and Introduction

4:15–5:15 pm / Conversation 1: Heritage Interactions

Using Columbus’ design heritage as inspiration and context. Moderated by Sean Anderson, Museum of Modern Art.

  • Paola Aguirre, Borderless Studio
  • Michael Bricker, People For Urban Progress
  • Rick Valicenti, Thirst
  • Daniel Luis Martinez and Etien Santiago, Indiana University
  • Viola Ago and Hans Tursack, Ohio State University and MIT

5:25–6:25 pm / Conversation 2: Future Forward

Engaging technology and new processes to create, communicate, and connect. Moderated by Donna Sink, Rowland Design; Archinect.

  • Chris Woebken and Elliot P. Montgomery, Extrapolation Factory
  • Christopher Battaglia, Ball State University
  • Marshall Prado, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • Sean Ahlquist, University of Michigan
  • Halsey Burgund, Hear/Here Mobile App

Saturday 24 August

First Christian Church

10:00–10:30 am / Welcome and Introduction of the High School Design Team

10:30–11:30 am / Conversation 3: New Civilities

Creating new spaces for civic engagement and interpretation. Moderated by Mimi Zeiger, Critic and Curator.

  • Gina Ford, Agency Landscape + Planning
  • Bryony Roberts, Bryony Roberts Studio
  • Elizabeth Timme and Helen Leung, LA-Más
  • Rosten Woo, Family Activity Guide

1:00–2:00 pm / Conversation 4: Living Systems

Exploring the relationship between architecture, environment, and human interaction. Moderated by Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

  • Jing Liu, SO-IL
  • Caitlin Taylor, MASS Design Group
  • Carlos Zedillo Velasco, PienZa Sostenible
  • Frida Escobedo Studio
  • Sean Lally and Matthew Wizinsky, University of Illinois - Chicago and University of Cincinnati

The Exhibition Conversations will take place at North Christian Church and First Christian Church. These events are free and open to the public.

Refreshments provided by Lucabe Coffee Co. sponsored by Buckingham Foundation.

Tickets and Tables

Party Ticket – $175 / A party ticket includes one seat for dinner.

Party Table – $1,750 / A party table for 10 guests includes guaranteed seating with your group.

Patron Ticket – $250 / A patron ticket includes one seat for dinner, plus entrance to the exclusive Patron Party from 5:00-6:00 pm prior to dinner.

Patron Table – $2,500 / A patron table for 10 guests includes guaranteed seating with your group, plus entrance to the exclusive Patron Party from 5:00-6:00 pm prior to dinner, as well as recognition in the event program.

Event Timeline

5:00 pm / Patron Party begins in an exclusive location in Mill Race Park

6:00 pm / Opening Party begins in the tent at Mill Race Park

7:00 pm / Dinner stations open

9:00 pm / Live entertainment by Chicago-based rhythmic quintet, Dos Santos

11:00 pm / Opening Party ends

Join hundreds of guests, including the exhibition participants, curatorial team, the Columbus community, and friends from near and far as we celebrate the opening of the 2019 Exhibition: Good Design and the Community. Tickets and table sponsorships end on August 18.

Exhibit Columbus believes in creating an environment that supports individuals of all abilities; deepening the level of engagement and exchange among all people. We are committed to removing barriers and ensuring equitable access to the exploration of architecture, art and design. Through intentional, ongoing efforts we work to provide inclusive and accessible experiences for exhibitions and programs.

Please contact if you have any questions.