• Exhibit Columbus
    Columbus, Indiana
    Aug 26, 2017 to Nov 26, 2017
    Heritage Fund-The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County-Landmark Columbus

IKD, view of Conversation Plinth at the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, 2017, Columbus, IN. Photo: Hadley Fruits.

After hosting the Foundations and Futures symposium in fall 2016, Exhibit Columbus is poised to present an inaugural exhibition in fall 2017 that will feature more than 15 installations of temporary architecture, art, and design. The exhibition will feature site-responsive installations in critical dialogue with the design heritage of Columbus and programs for the community, students, families, and visitors. The centerpieces of Exhibit Columbus are the five J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize installations from studio:indigenous, IKD, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Plan B Architecture & Urbanism, and Aranda\Lasch, each created in relation to an iconic building along Fifth Street. The exhibition will also feature installations selected by design galleries on Washington Street, Columbus's main street, design-build installations created by university students in Midwestern architecture programs, a project created by interior design students, and a project created by high school seniors.

Aranda\Lasch is an architectural design firm based in Tucson, Arizona and New York City that is led by Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch. Their practice is rooted in experimental research and innovative building. They design buildings, installations, and furniture through a deep investigation of structure and materials.

studio:indigenous is an architectural design firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin led by Chris Cornelius as a design practice focused on creating intelligent, thoughtful and contemporary design solutions for American Indian clients. As a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Cornelius is concerned with the architectural translation of Native Culture in order to make that culture experiential.

Oyler Wu Collaborative is an architectural design firm in Los Angeles led by Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu that approaches architecture and design with a critical and rigorous intent that challenges the typical vision of the built environment.

Plan B Architecture & Urbanism is an architectural design and research practice based in New Haven, CT led by Joyce Hsiang and Bimal Mendis. Ranging from installations and buildings to parks, urban plans and research projects, their work applies architectural thinking, analysis and cartographic methods to strategize and reconfigure social economic, cultural, and political infrastructures.

IKD is an architectural design firm based in Boston, Massachusetts that explores the intersection of art and architecture, material and making. IKD's philosophy and process are informed by respect for the technical, physical, and economic demands of bringing life to a project. Their work aims to carefully craft and execute projects that elevate the human experience.

Richard McCoy is director of Landmark Columbus. With the City of Columbus and Heritage Fund–the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, McCoy created Landmark Columbus as an organization dedicated to caring for and celebrating the world-renowned design heritage of the Columbus, Indiana, area. McCoy is an experienced leader with an excellent history of creating unique solutions to complex cultural heritage challenges, curating art in public spaces, writing for digital and print publications, teaching in graduate programs, and creating innovative web projects. He has served on a number of arts organization boards and committees, including the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives.

Anne Surak, director of exhibitions, is an innovative cultural leader, curator, and art dealer with more than 15 years of experience creating collaboration-based projects and gallery exhibitions. She is the owner of the consulting firm art + space, and was the inaugural director of Project 4 Gallery in Washington, DC.

T. Kelly Wilson, the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize coordinator, is director and associate professor of the Indiana University Center for Art+Design in Columbus. He holds degrees in architecture from Auburn University and Harvard University. He has held academic positions at Columbia University, Yale University, MIT, Auburn University, Florida University, Northeastern University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jonathan Nesci, the Washington Street installations coordinator, is a furniture and exhibition designer based in Columbus who works with a variety of producers in the Midwest, who use conventional and digital fabrication processes to execute his designs in a myriad of materials and finishes. In 2009, Wallpaper honored Nesci with a Design Award for Best Use Of Material for his Library Bookcase, a wall-mounted shelf in polished aluminum that was recently added to the permanent collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Founded in 2015, the mission of Landmark Columbus is to care for and celebrate the world-renowned design heritage of the greater Columbus, Indiana, area.