Join us for Opening Weekend celebrations
Please join us as we kick off Exhibit Columbus' inaugural exhibition. Beginning Thursday, August 24, there will be events happening throughout the weekend as we celebrate architecture and design in our city, the 18 installations of Exhibit Columbus in and around downtown, the architects and designers participating in the exhibition, and our community.
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Friday 24 August Preview Party - Buy Tickets
Thursday 24 August
High School Installation Opening Celebration / Free
LHP Historic Post Office Building
Times to be announced
Our opening weekend starts early as we open the High School Installation, with the six Columbus students that designed and built it, assisted by the Indiana University Center for Art+Design
Community Artwalk / Free
From there we will kick off a “Community Artwalk” where you will get to experience the many excellent exhibitions and events happening throughout downtown. All events are free and open to the public.
Shadow of an Unknown Bird
Opening at IU Center for Art + Design
Avenue of the Architects
by Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives
at the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library
Charley Harper Exhibition
at Columbus Area Visitors Center
Graphic Design Celebration
at Hotel Indigo
Friday 25 August
Exhibit Columbus Preview Party - Buy Tickets
Location to be announced
6:00–11:00 pm EDT
Please join us for the Preview Party of Exhibit Columbus’ inaugural exhibition opening. Come for an evening of cocktails, food, and entertainment in celebration of architecture, design, and community.
On the eve of Exhibit Columbus opening, the Preview Party will take place in a very special location featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment (location to be announced soon). This party will be an occasion to meet and honor the five J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize winners, other designers whose work is being presented in the 2017 exhibition, and those who have helped make this exhibition possible. Join the Exhibit Columbus team, the Columbus community, and others coming from near and far in celebrating this exciting event for our city.
VIP ticket holders may arrive at 5:00 pm for more intimate experience and conversation with Exhibit Columbus participants and supporters.
Exhibit Columbus University Installations Opening Celebration (Free)
Central Middle School
Join university students and their professors for a Q&A session outside on the lawn at Central Middle School.
Saturday 26 August
Architect's Newspaper Opening Conversations / Free
Cleo Rogers Memorial Library Red Room
8:30 am–2:00 pm
To get the day started, Architect’s Newspaper will host a wide-ranging conversation about architecture, art, design, and community. An exciting array of guests will include international experts, community leaders, and a few surprises.
Exhibition Opening Celebration / Free
5th Street to Mill Race Park
To officially open the inaugural exhibition of Exhibit Columbus, we are going to close down 5th Street, The Avenue of the Architects, and celebrate the accomplishments of the five Miller Prize Winners at each of their installations. You will get to hear from the Miller Prize Winners and help open their installations to the public as we process as a community from east to west on 5th Street, ending in Mill Race Park for a final celebration.
As part of this procession, we will have a special opening for all of the designers of the Washington Street Installations.
Miller House and Garden Champagne Tours
These ticketed tours will depart from Columbus Area Visitors Center. Details to be announced.