Exhibit Columbus is an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community that alternates programming between symposium and exhibition years.

The centerpiece of Exhibit Columbus is the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition. Five Miller Prize winners were selected by a jury of international and local leaders for the opportunity to design, build, and install a temporary project that responds to one of five sites on Fifth Street. In addition, landmarks all over downtown are sites for installations created by an international selection of designers, students and professors from prominent midwestern universities, and students from Columbus schools.

Thank you to our 2017 Exhibition Presenting Sponsor: Efroymson Family Fund.

The exhibition featured 18 site-responsive installations located outdoors and in dialogue with one of nine design icons.

About the Miller Prize Installations

The J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition honors two great patrons of architecture, art, and design by furthering their mission to make Columbus the best community of its size. Ten finalists participated in the 2016 symposium and presented proposals for temporary installations that respond to iconic sites on Fifth Street. Five prize-winning designs were selected by the jury to transform the cityscape and spark new conversations about Columbus’ design heritage during the exhibition.

Another Circle by Aranda\Lasch at Mill Race Park
Presenting sponsor: Upland Brewing Company

Anything can happen in the woods by Plan B Architecture & Urbanism at Cummins Corporate Office Building
Presenting sponsor: Cummins Inc.

Conversation Plinth by IKD at Cleo Rogers Memorial Library
Presenting sponsor: Elwood Staffing

The Exchange by Oyler Wu Collaborative at Irwin Conference Center

Wiikiaami by studio:indigenous at First Christian Church
Presenting sponsor: Haddad Foundation

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About the Washington Street Installations

For the 2017 exhibition Exhibit Columbus worked with five leading international design galleries to create innovative installations along Washington Street – Columbus’ “main street.” Each of the five galleries selected one designer from its stable, and each designer was challenged to create an object or experience that enhances human interaction and connection and that inspires community conversations about the role of design in daily life.

Columbus Circles by PRODUCTORA (Mexico City)
Selected by Maniera (Brussels)

PAUSE by Pettersen & Hein (Copenhagen)
Selected by Etage Projects (Copenhagen)

Playhouse by Snarkitecture (New York)
Selected by Volume Gallery (Chicago)

Window to Columbus by Formafantasma (Amsterdam)
Selected by Dzek (London)

Theoretical Foyer by Cody Hoyt (Brooklyn)
Selected by Patrick Parrish Gallery (New York City)

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About the University Installations

Located on the grounds of Central Middle School and next to Lincoln Elementary, the University Installations showcase the cutting-edge work of five Midwestern universities with masters programs in architecture and design.

Ball State University
College of Architecture and Planning

The Ohio State University
Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture

University of Cincinnati
School of Architecture and Interior Design

University of Kentucky
College of Design, School of Architecture

University of Michigan
Architecture Program, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

In addition, Indiana University School of Art & Design students and instructors have created an installation at North Christian Church.

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About the High School Installation

Six students from Columbus high schools have been working with architecture and design professionals selected by Indiana University Center for Art + Design (IUCA+D) to create the installation Between the Threads at the Historic Post Office. For an entire year the Exhibit Columbus High School Design Team immersed themselves in the roles of architect and designer. They have met with professionals, worked with local fabricators, and engaged community volunteers to help them build their installation.

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About the Image and Environmental Design


Rick Valicenti of Thirst was commissioned to design the graphic identity and exhibition wayfinding for Exhibit Columbus. This colorful system is a re-expression of mid-century optimism. The graphic system is also aligned with Paul Rand’s enduring identity for the Columbus Area Visitors Center and Alexander Girard’s color palette for the Miller House and Garden interiors.

Design Studio


A Chicago-based communication design practice founded in 1981 that has evolved to the current design nucleus which shares 19 years of collective group experience. Thirst collaborates with discerning clients in the design, cultural, and civic communities and engages in a process of discovery and experimentation, focusing on concept, detailed craft, and artful expression. On any given day, they are working with distinguished firms within the international architectural community.


Rick Valicenti, Taek Hyun Kim, John Pobojewski, Anna Mort, Bud Rodecker, Clark Nelson, Zach Minnich, Leah Wendzinski, and Kyle Green

Fabrication Sponsors

Artistry Engraving
Blockhouse Media
Duggal Visual Solutions
Graphic Arts Studio
Ignition Arts
Matthew Rust
Mohamed Dardiri
Printing Partners
Quick Signs

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