Martha Graham dancer Xin Ying at “The Exchange,” by LA-based collaborative Oyler Wu

Plan to attend the National Symposium September 26-29. This year’s lineup features four days of engaging programming, exclusive tours, morning and evening conversations with visionary leaders, and the American Institute of Architects’ Trade Show showcasing an array of new and innovative building products and services.

Columbus is looking forward to the second Exhibit Columbus exhibition in 2019. See highlights from the inaugural exhibition below, and keep an eye out for announcements and updates.

View the winners of the 2018-2019 Exhibit Columbus Miller Prize.


Exhibit Columbus 2017 brought interactive installations like you’ve never seen in a colorful Indiana town. Exhibit Columbus, a community-wide exhibition, featured 18 spectacular installations. Visitors could touch, climb, take photos and interact with each one of these unique pieces! This family-friendly exhibition came to life only in Columbus, Indiana, just 45 minutes south of Indianapolis.

Exhibit Columbus paper sculpture
Conversation Plinth and Large Arch

Visitors explore installations on opening weekend | 1:22

The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios | 12:49

Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture explains Playhouse’s forced-perspective design | 1:00

I.M. Pei’s remarks from the 1971 dedication of Library Plaza | 0:40

In the News:

  • “Exhibit Columbus’ is the kind of cultural endeavor you’d be surprised to see even a large city undertake; you would never expect a place of this size and location to attempt it.” (Hello, Columbus. A Small Town Gives Chicago A Run For Its Architectural Legacy, NewCity Design)
  • “…the most iconic structures were constructed decades ago, and so the town, with a ‘let’s put on a show’ spirit, has decided to breathe new life into the local legacy.” (Columbus, Ind., Renews its Big Design Legacy, New York Times)
  • “(Exhibit Columbus) has crafted a series of events and encounters that bring the cityscape to life in new and surprising ways.” (Why Columbus, Indiana, Should Be On Your Design Itinerary This Year, Surface Magazine)

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Between the Threads, created by Columbus high school students | photo by Exhibit Columbus

Playhouse by Snarkitecture (New York) | photo by Exhibit Columbus

Signage created by Thirst (Chicago)

Rick Valicenti of Thirst speaking at Upland Columbus