Current Gallery Exhibits

Your guide to what’s on display in Columbus area galleries.

Find out more about the galleries and gallery information.

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Smith School kids - photo by Iwan Baan


Solo show by Iwan Baan – named one of the hundred most influential people in the contemporary architecture world by the magazine Il Magazine dell’Architettura.

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Gallery 506
Columbus Visitors Center
506 Fifth Street

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50/50 Show at 411 Gallery

411 Gallery

50/50, A Community Art Project – a community art group exhibition for local artists, designers, hobbyists, and crafters. The first fifty registrants receive a 4″ x 4″ wood block, which they transform into original works of art.

Through January 20, 2024

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411 Gallery @
411 Sixth Street

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Other Ongoing Events

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Live music

Downtown Columbus venues that regularly feature live music:

The Garage Pub & Grill

4th Street Bar and Grill

The Savory Swine

Hotel Indigo

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More places that regularly feature live music:

Hog Molly Brewing Co., 830 Depot St

Ziggies, 3029 N National Rd

The Pixy Theater, 111 S Walnut, in Edinburgh

Cera Park (seasonal), 3989 S 525 E

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Game Nights

Downtown bars with regular karaoke, music trivia games, etc:
4th Street Bar and Grill
The Garage Pub and Grill

Check the Parks & Rec calendar  for E-SPORTS and BOARD GAME events

Check the Library Calendar for regular gaming events.

Check out ongoing events at T3 Gaming and at Bored?Games!

Play CHESS with the Columbus Chess Club 

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Play BINGO at:

AMERICAN LEGION, 2515 25th St, Tuesdays 6:00 pm

ELKS LODGE, 4664 Ray Boll Blvd, Fridays – 6:30 pm, Sundays – 12:30 pm, open to public. 812-379-4386

VFW POST 1987, 215 N. National Rd, Mon/Wed – 5:00 to 9:30 pm, Saturday – 2:00 to 6:00 pm, open to public

Ceraland, 3989 S 525 E, find out more on Facebook

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High School athletics

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Railroad Club

The Railroad club hosts regular open houses and welcomes the public to visit. Find out more on Facebook.



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Iwan Baan Photo Exhibit


American Modern Architecture Community exhibit in Gallery 506 will remain up through August of 2024 – in anticipation of his new book launching next summer in collaboration with writer Matt Shaw.

Donors who contribute $1,000 to this project will receive a print of their choosing, a copy of the book – when published – and donor names will be added to the book. For more information call Guest Services or visit the gift shop.

The photos are not for sale, but there are three different silk screen images of the book cover for sale at $250.

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American Modern Architecture Community
Columbus, Indiana

This book is the first comprehensive look at how architecture, design, and art have been used to foster the growth of one of America’s most important cities, Columbus, Indiana. With a wealth of never-before-seen archival material and nearly 100 first-hand interviews,

American Modern shows for the first time the remarkable story of how local industrialists, most notably the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller family, brought in world-class modern architects to create “the best community of its size in the country.”

Works from Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Venturi Scott Brown Associates, John Johansen, Dan Kiley, and many others, demonstrate that Columbus is a living monument to the progressive ideals of postwar America and President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society program of social change for all. The book draws out lessons about how civic leadership and public-private partnerships in the Columbus area played a unique roIe—and can be an example for cities worldwide.

Landmark Columbus Foundation is proud to present this defnitive book, which was inspired by the 2021 Bicentennial Celebrations of Columbus and Bartholomew County. Funding for this project has come from the generous support of Heritage Fund, Lilly Endowment Inc, Johnson Ventures, and the Columbus Area Visitors Center, who also support the production of this exhibition.

The Monacelli Press will publish this book in the spring of 2024.

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Author Matt Shaw – a Columbus native – is a writer, editor, and educator. The former executive editor of The Architect’s Newspaper, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, Architectural Review, Domus, and Artforum.

The book features newly commissioned photography from Iwan Baan, a photographer whose work focuses on the intersection of architecture and the social fabric and has been published in books and periodicals internationally.

American Modern was designed by Studio Lin, a New York-based graphic design practice established in 2012 by Alex Lin. The studio focuses on long-term collaborations where graphic design can have a meaningful impact locally and internationally.


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Dutch photographer Iwan Baan is known primarily for images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture. Born in 1975, Iwan grew up outside Amsterdam, studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and worked in publishing and documentary photography in New York and Europe.

Iwan Baan’s love for photography goes back to his twelfth birthday, when his Grandmother gave him his first camera. After his studies in photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, Baan followed his interest in documentary photography, before narrowing his focus to record the various ways in which individuals, communities and societies create, and interact within their built environment.

With his combined passion for documentary and space, Baan’s photographs reveal our innate ability to re-appropriate our available objects and materials, in order to find a place we can call our own. Examples of this can be seen in his work on informal communities where vernacular architecture and placemaking serve as examples of human ingenuity, such as his images of the Torre David in Caracas – a series that won Baan the Golden Lion for Best Installation at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale.

With no formal training in architecture, his perspective mirrors the questions and perspectives of the everyday individuals who give meaning and context to the architecture and spaces that surround us, and this artistic approach has given matters of architecture an approachable and accessible voice.

As the inaugural recipient of the Julius Shulman award for photography, today, architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Toyo Ito, SANAA and Morphosis turn to Baan to give their work a sense of place and narrative within their environments. Alongside his architecture commissions, Iwan has collaborated on several successful book projects such as Insular Insight: Where Art and Architecture Conspire with Nature, Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities and Brasilia & Chandigarh – Living With Modernity. Baan’s work also appears on the pages of architecture, design and lifestyle publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Domus, Abitare and Architectural Digest.

Iwan Baan was named one of the 100 most influential people in contemporary architecture world by the magazine Il Magazine dell’Architettura on occasion of their 100th issue.

Iwan Baan is recipient of the AIA Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award.

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Lisa Taliano Exhibit


Material Entanglements: Bodies and Borders
by Lisa Taliano

“The paintings in this show are a physical means to grapple with a theoretical shift in the conception of materiality that requires us to rethink our understanding of what it is to have a body. They are engendered by a way of thinking and feeling that recognizes embodied beings as enmeshed in the material world in such a way that we can’t separate ourselves from it. Bodies and places are continuous. The material world does not just surround us, it moves through us. Our bodies are not enclosed capsules, they are radically open to the wider environment. The material world dynamically crosses through us, transforms us and is transformed by us. We are not bodies on the earth, we are on the earth. Our bodies are part of the living earth, and therefore the damage we do to the earth is damage we do to our bodies.

This viewpoint rejects the notion of bonded individuals and decenters the human subject. These paintings are a way of exploring new forms of subjectivity that go beyond the individual through affect and performativity. In making this work I ask myself – are there forms of subjectivity that go beyond thinking of myself as an individual? Forms of subjectivity that open me up to include my surroundings, that allow me to identify with the larger body of the earth?”

Lisa Taliano is an artist who lives and works in New York City. Her paintings are an investigation into the ecological condition that recognizes bodies and places as continuous, exploring the porous nature of bodies and the wider environment through the tension between abstraction and representation by means of affect and performativity. Taliano has exhibited her paintings in the US and abroad. She is currently being represented by Jacquelyn Sterling, Dallas TX. Her interest in the geological formations of the Southwest took her to Mustang Studio, Santa Fe, NM as an annually guest from 2017-2022. She was an artist-in-residence at Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italy in 2017 and 2018. In addition to painting, Taliano has recently opened her studio practice to include art as creative research. She is working on a trans-disciplinary, socially engaged, ecological art project – Porous Bodies, Toxic Kin. This art/science/philosophy project puts into practice feminist materialist concepts to think with and through toxic chemicals as a means to engage with the citizens of a rural town to take action against corporate polluters.

Taliano received an MFA in Painting from Boston University in 1994. Before becoming a painter, she studied Philosophy at SUNY Buffalo (BA 1987) and Indiana University, Bloomington where she received an MA in Philosophy in 1992 completing a Master’s Thesis on the relationship between ethics, aesthetics, philosophy and painting through a comparative analysis of the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh – The Tragic Affirmation of Life.

A lecture and opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 14th from 6:30-8:30 pm. The lecture will begin at 6:30 pm. The exhibition will run from September 11th – October 20th.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.