Exhibit Columbus creates a two-year cycle of programming that uses the context of Columbus' design legacy to convene conversations around innovative ideas and commission site-responsive installations in a free, public exhibition.
The symposium brings thinkers and makers together to consider the traditions and values of Columbus within a local and global context, while the exhibitions bring new ideas to the city in the tangible form of temporary installations designed to have lasting impact.
The 2018-19 cycle of Exhibit Columbus began with the 2018 National Symposium, Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, which featured four days of programming in iconic sites around Columbus. The J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipients and the University Design Research Fellows then presented their design concepts to the public in January during the 2019 Design Presentations.
The 2019 Exhibition, Good Design and the Community, included 18 site-responsive installations and experiences that used Columbus’ built heritage as inspiration and context, while highlighting the role that visionary community plays in growing a vibrant, sustainable, and equitable city.
The 2016 Symposium Foundations and Futures was the first major public event to introduce the inaugural cycle of Exhibit Columbus. Three co-chairs each curated a series of speakers and conversations around these themes: Modern Art & Life, Making and Maintaining, and Architecture & Industry in the Future. The symposium introduced the 10 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Finalists who returned to Columbus to compete in the 2016 Juried Presentation.
The 2017 Exhibition featured 18 site-responsive installations in a free, public exhibition. Designers were challenged to think deeply about Columbus' heritage and create new work in dialogue with one of nine design icons, while also exploring the history of making in the Midwest and using fabricators and material resources from the region to create their work.