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Redeveloping Downtown: Columbus’ Modern Urban Form
June 3 – August 26, 2016

Redeveloping Downtown explores the evolution of Columbus’ modern urban form from 1950 to the present. Columbus, like many American cities after the Second World War, grappled with maintaining an old and decaying business district as the city rapidly expanded and new shopping areas were created. Columbus’ response was to “start over” by redeveloping a major section of downtown. As time and circumstances changed, so did downtown. Initial and subsequent efforts to maintain a strong retail base in the downtown eventually have given way to a focus on offices, entertainment, and the arts. Redeveloping Downtown has been made possible through the support of CSO Architects, Lochmueller Group, Hitchcock Design Group + Blue Marble Design, CWC Latitudes, and the Columbus Area Visitors Center.

Exhibit: June 3 – August 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at 310 Jackson Street, Columbus, IN 47201



City Hall Evite Drawing and the Brain Symposium
April 7 - 9, 2016

With empirical evidence from artists and architects supported by scientific data, this symposium seeks to focus on the places of intersection and discussion surrounding the art and science of the sketch. The two day symposium aims to bring nationally and internationally renowned scholars and artist/architects together in discussion sessions to test ideas of authorship, the shared human voice, and the anonymous human in design today, and to examine the empirical and scientific evidence for the importance of the connection between the hand and the brain as a primary part of creation, invention, and learning. A parallel gallery exhibition of sketches and completed works by artists/architects will document the place of the sketch in the process of creative work.

All events are free and open to the public.
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City Hall Evite Drawing Upon Drawing

This exhibition features eight acclaimed practitioners of drawing who approach problems of representation, imagination, modeling, rendering and expression in remarkable and diverse ways. These
works draw upon art, architecture, urbanism, history, psychology, myth and cultural lore. "Drawing Upon Drawing" artists include: David Braly, Will Bruder, Anthony Fisher, William R. Gwin, Frank Harmon, Patricia Heyda, Thomas Lyon Mills and Caleb Weintraub.

This exhibition coincides with "Drawing and the Brain," a symposium gathering artists, architects, and scientists to discuss the primacy of the sketch as a creative tool of invention and discovery in architecture. The artists have been selected to support specific concerns to be addressed in the conference.

The symposium addresses questions of authorship and markmaking; drawing and the human voice; the relationship between hand and brain; and the potential for creation of "digital/tactile machines" able to emulate touch and mark-making.

The symposium will begin with a reception for "Drawing Upon Drawing" from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 7. In a gallery talk from 6 to 7 p.m., Riley will provide an interpretation of the diverse types of drawing on view, illuminating the various processes involved in their making. These specific examples of handmade drawing will be analyzed to further the understanding of how they may relate to current research on the brain and drawing.

The exhibition will continue through May 27. The IU Center for Art and Design gallery is open 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For a complete list of events, visit

"Drawing Upon Drawing," the "Drawing and the Brain" symposium and corresponding programs have been made possible by the School of Art and Design; The College Arts and Humanities Institute
and the Ostrom Grants Program in the College of Arts and Sciences; New Frontiers in Arts and Humanities; and the Center for Art and Design in Columbus, all at Indiana University.

Exhibit: April 7 – May 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 7, from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at 310 Jackson Street, Columbus, IN 47201


City Hall Evite Fresh + Flash + Photographic

IUCA+D is pleased to announce an exhibition of contemporary photography. Co-curated by Jennifer Riley and Adam Reynolds, the exhibition will feature work by four emerging artists who share an interest in revisiting traditional themes and approaches to photography. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artists on Friday, February 19th, 2016, from 6-8pm.

Terri Bright, Adam Reynolds, Ivette Spradlin, and Michael Tittel are photographers who met in 2015 at Flash Powder Projects Retreat, an artist workshop residency, where they recognized a shared interest in the legacy of photography.

With the invention of photography, many thought that painting would simply come to an end and with the proliferation of portable, inexpensive, digital picture taking capabilities, pervasive thinking followed that photography and the photographer would also become obsolete. We all know that painting with a capital "P" did not die. Once liberated from the task of certain roles, in particular that of providing reports, likenesses (portraits) and scenes of historical record, painting became ever more materially and conceptually defined, experimental and expressive. Photography has followed a similar course, yet the line between fine art photography and consumer photography still poses challenges to the viewer and maker alike. What aspects of traditional photography are challenged when a photograph can be made by anyone with a cell phone? My belief is that very little is lost, much is gained. For one, most people use photo tools in place of note taking and sometimes even in replacement of experience itself, and a majority of these images are viewed only on the tiny cell phone screen. To discover the large scale, full color, or black and white photographs in this exhibition, one is immediately met with works that have been carefully orchestrated, planned, composed, conceived of and - are in conversation with a history of image making that reaches back 100 years. Taking pictures and making photographic art are like twins separated at birth and raised in contrasting environments. The four bodies of work in this exhibition present the genres of still life, portraiture, documentary and street photography, all thoughtfully explored and reimagined.

Exhibit: February 19, 2016 – March 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 19, 2016, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at 310 Jackson Street, Columbus, IN 47201

Terri Bright - The Encountered Still Life

Terri Bright reprises early modernist designs and principals in work that captures ordinary objects set in natural and built environments. Bold color and strong light patterns capture and define forms that invite the viewer to pare away filters of cognitive reality and to engage the work with the intuitive mind.

Adam Reynolds - The Documentary Approach Confronted
Drawing upon the sometimes opposing modes of objective documentation, personal narrative and aspects of straightforward journalism, Reynolds’ images are results from his hybrid approach to new work in the field of documentary journalism. Addressing the topic of the Middle East conflict in work that shows the hidden world of the regional conflicts rather than front line sensational images, Reynolds takes the viewer to the edge, around and behind the scenes -so to speak- to expose plain facts and truth with a certain neutrality of view. He reveals the simultaneously plain and compelling aspects of the conditions that impact and influence daily life of the people living in the region.

Ivette Spradlin - The Reinvented Portrait
Some argue that 'likeness' in Western art dates back to the Etruscans, yet we all know that the Egyptians were quite specific when painting portraits on the head tablets of their King's mummies. Picasso famously presented abstracted views of his sitters simultaneously showing two or three sides of the figure in front of him. Today with the “the selfie,” portraiture has perhaps reached a new level, but what is it that constitutes a likeness of someone? Spradlin's refreshing take on figurative work turns traditional portraiture on its head in work that invites the viewer to look carefully and closely to cull information in order to imagine and speculate what the face of the viewer may be.

Michael Tittel - The Street as Personal Narrative

Tittel's richly narrative works hinge upon the decisive moment like that of street photography. The work is evidence of strong vision in which deliberation, planning and searching for content-rich opportunities meets the delightful and surprising instant. Here, the artist has captured precise moments that evoke a sense of individual loneliness and displacement despite one’s location amid groups of people in very public settings.


City Hall Evite Columbus Makes

The Indiana University Center for Art+Design is pleased to announce Columbus Makes. Columbus Makes invites the Columbus community to exhibit their creations, of any kind and of any making or material, in the IUCA+D gallery, curated by artist Jennifer Riley.  These works from within our community will be shown in collaboration with students from IUCA+D Associate Director Marleen Newman’s Vertical Interior Design studio.  Professor Newman’s students, working with artist and sculptor Emily Kennerk, will re-purpose plastic material to create new surfaces and a unique context for the exhibition.

The Columbus Makes exhibition is open to all who make things: fine art, crafts, and serious hobby items. The handmade, unique, and rare items include sculpture, painting, musical instruments, quilts, photography, furniture, knitting, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, toys, perishable items, and games.

This exhibition is curated by Columbus and NYC based artist, Jennifer Riley. Learn more about her work, writing, and curatorial projects at

Exhibit: December 11, 2015 – February 13, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 11, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at 310 Jackson Street, Columbus, IN 47201


City Hall Evite Colorvane: New Paintings by Erick Johnson

“What is Modern?” The idea for asking this particular question stems from questions asked by Columbus locals when discussing architecture. It seems that though Columbus is filled with modern buildings and art, that the reasons for why buildings and art became modern at all may not be much well understood. This exhibition allows a platform to pose the discussion.

Erick Johnsons says of his work: “Color relationships and formal strategies are endlessly mysterious and beguiling to me. I believe in harmony as a positive value and that it has great potential to contribute to the world. I also believe that abstract painting is to be experienced viscerally and, as a visual language, has aspects and dimensions not easily translated into discourse.” Learn more about his work at

Exhibit: September 18 – November 20, 2015
Panel Discussion & Opening Reception:
Friday, September 18, 2015 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm

At the Opening Reception moderated by IUCA+D Director Kelly Wilson, two architects, Louis Joyner and Karen Shrode, and two artists, Erick Johnson and Jennifer Riley, will discuss the terms 'Modern' and 'Modernism' in relation to architecture and art, helping to inform our understanding of the heritage of modern design in Columbus today and beyond.


City Hall EviteColumbus City Hall: Center for Civic Inspiration

The Indiana University Center of Art+Design is pleased to announce an evening of events celebrating the exhibition of "Columbus City Hall: Center for Civic Inspiration".  This gallery exhibition is presented in partnership between Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives (CIAA) and Indiana University Center of Art+Design.

Exhibition Opening for "Columbus City Hall: Center for Civic Inspiration"
Join us for the opening of "Columbus City Hall: Center for Civic Inspiration," an exhibition organized by the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives in collaboration with Indiana University Center for Art+Design.

The opening will be preceded by a talk with former Mayor Nancy Ann Brown at Columbus City Hall's Cal Brand Meeting Hall at 5:00 pm.

When: Friday, April 17 • 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Indiana University Center for Art + Design (IUCA+D), 310 Jackson Street, Columbus

Columbus City Hall: A Conversation with former Mayor Nancy Ann Brown

Join the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives in a conversation with former Mayor Nancy Ann Brown, led by Harry McCawley.

When the new Columbus City Hall opened in 1981, former Columbus Mayor Nancy Ann Brown was the first mayor to occupy the building. At the building's dedication, Mayor Brown remarking on the building's open design said, "City Hall invites people of the community to use the building -- and we shall use it joyfully and preserve it respectfully." She will reflect on how this iconic building was used during her term and how it differs from old City Hall.

When: Friday, April 17 • 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm
Where: Cal Brand Meeting Hall, Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington Street, Columbus

Exhibition: "Columbus City Hall: Center for Civic Inspiration"

The exhibition explores the architect's design intent and the public art program that have helped make Columbus City Hall a center for civic inspiration. Columbus City Hall has been awarded two design awards: the California Council American Institute of Architects' Design Award in 1989 and AIA Indiana's 25-Year Design Award in 2014.

When: Tuesday – Saturday from April 17 – June 27 • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Indiana University Center for Art + Design (IUCA+D), 310 Jackson Street, Columbus
Information: (812) 375-7550

Navigating Nevelson Exhibition
Navigating Nevelson Exhibition

The Indiana University Center of Art+Design is pleased to announce the Navigating Nevelson Exhibition featuring work by first year, design studio students from the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.

Opening Reception 
Friday, February 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at 310 Jackson Street, Columbus, IN 47201.

Panel Discussion

Scheduled for early April, date and time soon to be announced.

The exhibit is on view through early April, 2015
Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1pm - 5pm

VINTAGE IS THE NEW BLACK: Student Exploration of Fashion History

Exhibit:  January 16 – February 13, 2015

The Indiana University Center of Art+Design is pleased to announce the opening of "VINTAGE IS THE NEW BLACK: Student Exploration of Fashion History" gallery exhibit. This fun exhibit features items designed and developed by students as their interpretation of fashion history course material through projects related to their personal lives and career goals.


  • Painting: Expanded Painting: Expanded

    Exhibit: October 10 – November 15, 2014

    The IU Center for Art+Design presented "Painting: Expanded", a group exhibition featuring three American artists, Timothy Linn, Martha MacLeish, and Michael Rouillard, all working in diverse media that expands the physical and conceptual notions of painting. These artists are pursuing unique and independent visions steeped in painting's history and practice. Their work departs from the conventional to push the boundaries of their fine art practice. These exciting new works often portray various forms of art, architecture, theater, dance, and the limits of perception. The exhibition is guest curated by Jennifer Riley, artist and FINA adjunct instructor.

    Gallery Talk: December 11, 2014
    Conversation with Martha MacLeish
  • We Are City [EXPORT]We Are City [EXPORT]

    Exhibit: September 5 – October 1, 2014

    The IU Center for Art+Design presented "We Are City [EXPORT]" an exhibition centered on the artist-in-residence projects facilitated by the Indianapolis based collective We Are City.

    We Are City asked how can you understand your city more deeply? [EXPORT] the exhibition shows how six internationally active artists, in conversation with Indianapolis residents, answered that question. Featuring these artists' visual, audio, linguistic, and material responses to their time in the city, as well as other documentation of We Are City activities, [EXPORT] shares their engagement efforts with Columbus.

    [EXPORT] featured works artists in residence of the We Are City [IMPORT] program: Oliver Blank, Jace Clayton, William Zoe FitzGerald, James Reeves, Rocio Salceda, and Matthew Skjonsberg and was guest curated by Laura Holzman, Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art at IUPUI.

    Panel Discussion: September 25, 2014

    The panel discussed how art and design residency programs introduce thinkers and makers to communities and how to facilitate the exchange of ideas to create a better urban experience for everyone. The panel featured: Oliver Bank and William Zoe Fitzgerald, We Are City [IMPORT] residency artists; Michael Kaufmann, co-founder of We Are City; Laura Holzman, curator of We Are City [EXPORT]; and T. Kelly Wilson, director of IUCA+D.
  • Dan Kiley E InviteLandslide 2013: The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley

    Exhibit: July 11 – August 1, 2014

    The traveling photo exhibition created by The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C., honors Dan Kiley, one of the nation's most important and influential landscape architects of the 20th century.

    Landslide 2013 features 45 vibrant photographs documenting the current state of 27 of Kiley's most significant designs: including the Miller House and Garden, Hamilton Garden, Cummins Inc. Irwin Office Building (Irwin Union Bank & Trust Company), and North Christian Church.

    The Columbus exhibit was presented by Indiana Modern, an affinity group of Indiana Landmarks in cooperation with The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Columbus Area Visitors Center, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, and IUCA+D with the Columbus Area Arts Council provided sound for the panel discussion.

    Panel Discussion: July 11, 2014

    A discussion about the nature of the design practice that emanated from the Kiley office and to consider the legacy of that practice. The discussion panelists included former Kiley associates and partners: Henry Arnold, Ian Tyndall, Peter Ker Walker, Joe Karr and local landscape architects Randy Royer and Art Hopkins along with art and design consultant Richard McCoy, Miller House Site Coordinator Ben Wever and Architectural Tour Guide John Lemley.
  • Columbus Conversation with special guest Theodore PrudonColumbus Conversation with special guest Theodore Prudon

    Public Lecture: May 16, 2014
    Theodore H.M. Prudon spoke about the preservation of modernism and the role of Docomomo-US and shared his experiences managing preservation challenges in the 21st.

    Theodore H.M. Prudon, PhD and FAIA has degrees from the University of Delft in the Netherlands and Columbia University. He is the current President of DOCOMOMO-US.

    DOCOMOMO-US is the United States chapter of Docomomo International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the dedicated to the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement for nearly 25 years.

    Docomomo stands for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement.
  • Harry Weese Creative SyncretismHarry Weese Creative Syncretism: The Early Architectural Works of Harry Weese

    Exhibit: April 4 – June 28, 2014

    Gallery Talk: April 4, 2014
    Presentation by Bradley C. Brooks and gallery opening reception.

    Conference: April 4 - 5, 2014
    The symposium in Columbus celebrated Weese's architecture and took place at the Indiana University Center for Art and Design (IUCA+D) April 4 & 5, 2014. Columbus contains a high concentration of Weese's early works in close proximity to buildings by his teacher and mentor Eliel Saarinen and his son Eero. The symposium explored the idea of a regional modernism created by Saarinen and Weese, and with historian Dr. Robert Bruegmann, contemporary designers, Marion Blackwell, Julie Snow, Maryann Thompson, Frank Harmon, and Ben and Cynthia Weese.

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  • Changing the Brand Image of a Luxury BrandChanging the Brand Image of a Luxury Brand

    Bill Blass Design Lecture: February 20, 2014

    Erich Biehle is a contemporary textile designer who transcends the boundaries of fashion, interior, industrial, and architectural mediums.

    He has created designs for haute couture and pret‐a‐porter fashion designers including YSL, Givenchy, and Ungaro. His work, included in International museum exhibitions and collections, is the subject of a forthcoming book entitled Patterns, that illustrates his work from the 1960s through the 1980s, and outlines the production process of his designs.
  • Big Bright SteelBig Bright Steel

    Exhibit: January 17 – February 28, 2014

    A Collaboration in Steel by Emily Kennerk, Jennifer Riley, and Noblitt Fabricating

    The exhibition featured a large scale sculptural installation made with scrap sheets of steel provided by Noblitt Fabricating with drawings, prints and designs on paper and fabric created by Riley and Kennerk.

  • Color Me _____ Color Me _____

    Exhibit: October 11 – November 1,  2013

    "Color Me ____" a collaborative and interactive installation created by designers Andrew Neyer and Andy J. Miller.

    The concept of the exhibit hinged on the idea that with the right constraints and an inspiration to comfortably play, anyone can be creative and make interesting and / or beautiful artwork.
  • YuYuColumbusYuYu Columbus

    Exhibit: July 9 – September 13, 2013

    "Yu Yu Columbus" by Indiana native Mark Cooper who returned to his home state to create an engaging community collaborative exhibition of over twenty sculptural pieces with two-dimensional works made from wood and fiberglass and layered with rice paper, paint, silk-screens, along with varying images and patterns. Columbus residents contributed their own unique elements to the installation during the two month exhibition creating a collaborative public sculpture.

    The exhibit was sponsored in partnership by the Columbus Museum or Art and Design (CMAD) and the IU Center for Art+Design (IUCA+D).

    Artist Reception: July 9, 2013 Reception for Mark Cooper and gallery opening.

    Gallery Talk: September 13, 2013 Presentation by Mark Cooper and closing reception.
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