The 2019 exhibition featured 18 site-responsive installations by architects, designers, academics, artists, and graphic designers. These designers created outdoor installations and experiences that use Columbus’ built heritage as inspiration and context, while highlighting the role that visionary community plays in growing a vibrant, sustainable, and equitable city.

For inspiration, Exhibit Columbus looked to the 1986 exhibition, Good Design and the Community: Columbus, Indiana, created when Columbus business leader and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller became the first person inducted into the National Building Museum Hall of Fame in Washington. Mr. Miller chose to emphasize the community’s process and involvement in building, rather than the architecture itself, as a source of his hometown pride.

Elaborating on the connection between the tangible and intangible culture that Mr. Miller described, the 2019 exhibition explored the idea of “good design in the community,” and what it means today.

J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize

Washington Street Civic Projects

University Design Research Fellowships

High School Design Team

Wayfinding and Environmental Design

“Architecture is something you can see. You cannot see a spirit or a temperament or a character, though, and there is an invisible part of this community of which I am very proud because, in a democracy, I think that the process is more important than the product.”

– J. Irwin Miller, The Washington Post, 1986

Curatorial Advisory Committee

Sean Anderson
Museum of Modern Art, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design

Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Curator of Architecture and Design

Sarah Green
The Art Assignment, Producer; Independent Curator

Elizabeth Kubany
Kubany Judlowe, Principal

Chris Merritt
Merritt Chase, Founding Principal

Jonathan Nesci

Dung Ngo
August Editions, Publisher

Enrique Ramirez
Independent Writer

David Rubin
David Rubin Land Collective, Founding Principal

Matt Shaw
Architect’s Newspaper, Senior Editor

Janice Shimizu
Ball State University, Professor; Shimizu+Coggeshall Architects, Founding Principal

Donna Sink
Rowland Design, Architect; Archinect, Writer

Rick Valicenti
Thirst, Creative Director

Kelly Wilson
Indiana University Masters of Architecture Program, Director

Mimi Zeiger
Critic and Curator

2019 Exhibition Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Cummins Inc.

J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize

Heritage Fund--The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County

Washington Street Civic Projects

Elwood Staffing

University Design Research Fellowship

Deer Crossing Fund

High School Design Team

City of Columbus

Exhibition Guide

The Miller Family

Wayfinding and Environmental Design


Family Activity Guide

The Republic

Hear/Here App

Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives

Exhibition Walking Tours

Columbus Regional Health

2019 Exhibition Support


Baker’s Fine Gifts & Accessories

Bartholomew County Public Library

Becky Church


City of Columbus

Columbus Area Visitors Center

Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives

Columbus Parks Department

Dell Brothers Inc.

Duke Energy



Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

Heritage Fund--The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County

Eskenazi School of Architecture, Art + Design at Indiana University

Ignition Arts

Indiana Modern

Landmark Farms Foundation

Merritt Chase

R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University

Taylor Bros. Construction Co.

Upland Brewing Co.

Viewpoint Bookstore


Rick Valicenti