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In Conversation

March 31 – May 27, 2017

Opening Reception & Panel Discussion: Friday March 31, 2017, 5:30-8:30 PM, Panel Discussion will begin at 6:30 PM.

Curated by Stephanie Buhmann in Collaboration with Jennifer Riley.

The group exhibition IN CONVERSATION is inspired by a series of interviews with female artists, which were conducted by the art historian Stephanie Buhmann between January 2013 and December 2015. Looking for an approach beyond the mainstream media coverage of the art market, Buhmann visited the artists in their studios. The conversations she conducted in these intimate spaces of artistic practices focus on process, philosophy, personal history, art historic contexts and aesthetics among others.

Past Exhibitions


Mud & Fire

December 15, 2016 – March 24, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday December 15, 5:30-8:30 PM

Closing Reception & Artist Talk: Friday March 3, 2017, 5:30-7:30 PM, Artist Talk will begin at 6:30 PM.

Mud and Fire features new large-scale ceramic sculptures by Indiana-native artist Robert Pulley.  Also on display is a small selection of maquettes from the artist’s studio practice. These are a result of an ongoing preparatory process of model-making that the artist uses to sketch and develop his ideas and inspiration. This exhibition is curated by Jennifer Riley, a contributing editor at, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Triangle Arts Association and the gallery Curator at Indiana University Center for Art+Design.

Eye of the Beholder: Fashion and Transforming Ideals of Beauty

October 14 – November 18, 2016

Ideals of beauty and body shape are varied and often unattainable. Dictated by “fashion gatekeepers”, the stylish female form cycles between a Classical column, a floating hourglass, and bustled volume at the rear of the skirt. These three iconic silhouettes are illustrated by thirty women’s ensembles selected from the Sage Collection, demonstrating ideals of beauty and body shape from 1775 to the present.

Part of the new Indiana University School of Art + Design-Bloomington, the Sage Collection preserves nearly 25,000 items of clothing and related artifacts for exhibition and research. This exhibition is made possible by the IU College of Art and Sciences-School of Art + Design, and the Endowment by Bill Blass to Friends of the Sage Collection. For further information: 812-855-4627.

Please join us for an opening reception on Friday October 14, 2016 at 6-8PM.

10: The Miller Prize Competition Finalists

September 9 – October 7, 2016

Curated and exhibition design by Jennifer Riley.

“10: The Miller Prize Competition Finalists” is an exhibition featuring the work of the ten designers competing for the five J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prizes. The ten finalists were selected through a juried process. The five winners will design, build, and install temporary projects in response to one of five sites, each of which is a Columbus icon.

For this exhibition the artist/design teams have been invited to present their practices as significant artists and designers. Each artist/design team’s identity and working process will be showcased through both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork. This exhibition is a part of Exhibit Columbus‘s inaugural symposium of Fall 2016, Foundations and Futures.

The Participating Finalists: Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch of Aranda/Lasch, Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu of Baumgartner + Uriu, Rachel Hayes, Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon of Höweler+Yoon, Yugon Kim of IKD, Ball-Nogues Studio, Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee and Johnathan Olivares of Johnston Marklee and Jonathan Olivares Design Research, Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative, Joyce Hsiang and Bimal Mendis of Plan B Architecture & Urbanism  and  Chris Cornelius of studio: indigenous. 

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday September 29, 2016, 6- 8 PM.


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 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.

A Collaborative Partnership between Columbus Indiana Architecture Archives and IUCA+D Columbus.

With Support from CSO Architects, Columbus Indiana Visitors Center, CWC Latitudes, Hitchcock Design Group + Blue Marble Design and Lochmueller Group.


Drawing Upon Drawing

April 7 – May 27, 2016

“Drawing upon Drawing”, curated by Jennifer Riley, is an exhibition coinciding with the conference, “Drawing and the Brain”. The exhibition will feature seven 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. The artists have been selected to support specific concerns to be addressed in the conference. The gallery talk will draw upon the histories of these approaches; it will offer interpretation (analysis of the formal and conceptual aspects) and illumination of these specific examples of handmade drawing to further the understanding of how they may relate to current research on the brain and drawing.

Featuring: David Braly, Will Bruder, Anthony Fisher, William Gwin, Frank Harmon, Patty Heyda, Thomas Lyon Mills and Caleb Weintraub




February 19 – March 26, 2016

Co-Curated by Jennifer Riley and Adam Reynolds

Fresh+Flash+Photograhic is an exhibition of contemporary photography featuring the work of four emerging artists who share an interest in revisiting traditional themes and approaches to photography. The four artists met in 2015 at Flash Powder Projects Retreat, an artist workshop residency, where they recognized a shared interest in the legacy of photography.

Featuring: Terri Bright, Adam Reynolds, Ivette Spradlin and Michael Tittel

Columbus Makes

December 11, 2015 – February 13, 2016

Curated by Jennifer Riley

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 show 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.



September 18 – November 20th, 2015

Curated by Jennifer Riley

“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 translate into discourse.

Although I think often of Mondrian and Malevich, abstraction for me transcends the modern era, and goes back to the beginnings of human culture and beyond to the patterns of mature. One aspect of this I see in my work is the process of weaving – the timeless warp and weft of form. I tend to work in a series, but each work is different or “one off,” like a handmade carpet, and signals possible vectors of exploration; hints for me of where to go next.”

-Erick Johnson

Columbus City Hall: Center for Civic Inspiration

April 17- June 27th, 2015

The exhibition Columbus City Hall: Center for Civic Inspiration explores the architect’s design intent and the public art program that have helped make Columbus City Hall a center for civic inspiration. Designed by architect Charles Bassett who worked in the San Francisco branch office of Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill, Columbus City Hall was completed in 1981. Basset sought to create a space that serves as a metaphor for democracy and community involvement. For Bassett, nearly every decision about the building’s design worked to achieve this lofty goal. 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.

Navigating Nevelson

February 20 – April 1, 2015

The students began their investigations of “Night Zag Wall” with a series of 4″x4″ studies that recorded oppositions observed in the sculpture. Conditions of deep/shallow, regular/irregular, static/dynamic and others provided the students with a compositional understanding of the complex piece. The students then used one of their 4″x4″ studies to generate a pattern. The students then translated their patterns into individual layers and use the laser cutter to cut them. The layers were reassembled into new compositions where physical qualities of deep/shallow and positive/negative were explored.

Using 3-D modeling software, the students built a digital version of “Night Zag Wall” and then used that model to disassemble it into all of its parts. The students were encouraged to compose the disassembly in a logical way that revealed more about the part to whole relationship of the sculpture. Then, the students were asked to reassemble the parts of the Nevelson sculpture into new configurations that revealed ordering systems like grid, field, centric, radial, linear, pinwheel, and serial progression.The final constructions were built in poplar, then painted black. The final review, the assemblages were first arranged in a grid, then reassembled into various configurations to explore the relationship of the part to the whole as well as scale.

Vintage is the New Black

January 12 – February 13, 2015

Items in this exhibition are products of an upper-level fashion history assignment taught in the Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design Department at Indiana University. The instructor, Dr. Ashley Hasty, applied a constructivist learning approach. Constructivisim holds that curriculum is not isolated from the rest of our lives; learning is contextually informed by our existing beliefs and knowledge. Consistent with this approach, Dr. Hasty created an assignment allowing students to design and develop an interpretation of course material through projects related to their personal lives and career goals.


Painting: Expanded

October 10 – November 15, 2014

Painting: Expanded is a group exhibition featuring three American artists 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. Art, architecture, theater, dance and the limits of perception are often evoked by these exciting new works.

Featuring: Timothy Linn, Martha MacLeish and Michael Rouillard


We Are City [EXPORT]

September 5 -October 1, 2014

Curated by Laura Holzman, Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art at IUPUI.

How can understand your city more deeply? This exhibition presents the ways in which the Indianapolis-based informal collective We Are City has answered that question over the past two years. At the center of this show are the products of We Are City’s artists-in-residence program, which has brought six internationally active artists into conversation with Indianapolis residents. Featuring these artists’ visual, audio, linguistic, and material responses to their time in Indianapolis, as well as other documentation of We Are City’s activities, [EXPORT] shares the group’s engagement efforts with a new audience in Columbus.


The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley

July 11 – August 1, 2014

The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley is a traveling photo exhibition created by The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C., honoring Dan Kiley,  one of the nation’s most important and influential landscape architects of the 20th century. The exhibition includes 45 newly commissioned photographs documenting the current state of 27 of some of Kiley’s most significant designs. Included are the Miller House and Garden, Hamilton Garden, Cummins Inc Irwin Office Building (Irwin Union Bank & Trust Company), and North Christian Church. The exhibit includes the work of several noted photographers including Marion Brenner, Todd Eberle, Millicent Harvey and Alan Ward, whose work helps tell the story of Kiley’s prolific career spanning more than half a century. He worked with equally significant architects, including Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn and I.M. Pei to create internationally acknowledged Modernist design icons.


New Impressions 

March 3 – March 28, 2014

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production, and printing of wood type. With over 1.5 million pieces of wood type, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. In addition to wood type, the museum is home to an array of advertising cuts from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. The Hamilton manufacturing Company, founded in 1880 by Edward Hamilton, was the largest wood type producer in the world.

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is now in its 14th year as a living, working museum. At 45,000 square feet it is one of the largest fully functional workshops in the world. Students, artists, typographers and designers visit to take workshops and use the collection to make art, design, and works of scholarship in the museum.

Designers and artists have the opportunity to create work with the museum’s materials that help preserve the collection, keep the art and craft of letterpress printing alive and vital, as well as push the boundaries of letterpress today. this exhibition is a small sample of the quantity and quality of work produced at the museum. It includes a variety of works including typographic specimens, restrikes of advertising cuts, and newly works of art and design.


Big Bright Steel

January 17 – February 28, 2014

An exhibition featuring 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 Jennifer Riley and Emily Kennerk.



November 8 – December 20, 2013

[un]conventional is an exhibition of contemporary furniture design curated by Christopher West. This exhibition showcases the work of multiple designer working in many different mediums. For this exhibition, Mr. West has pulled work form studios and collection through-out the Midwest.

Participating designers include central-Indiana based Glen Fuller, Emily Kennerk, Christopher Stuart, Colin Tury and Lauren Zoll; Detroit designers Jack Craig and Chris Schanck; Taryn Cassella from California; Chicago based Steven Haulenbeek as well as Tejo Remy from Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Color Me _________

October 11 – November 1, 2013

Color Me_________ is a collaborative and interactive exhibition created by designers Andrew Neyer and Andy J. Miller. The exhibition consists of two basic parts: a mural composed of large black line drawings and 5.5’ giant markers. The exhibition is completed by the public during the duration of the show, using the giant markers to color the mural in like a coloring book. The exhibition is the finished work of the public. What starts as a crisp clean graphic illustration transforms into something more like an abstract expressionist fine art painting.

The concept of this show hinges 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.


YuYu Columbus

July 11 – August 1, 2013

YuYu Columbus will feature Indiana native Mark Cooper who is making his triumphant return to his hometown state to create an engaging community collaboration after 40 years of building his career as an artist and educator of national renown. This exhibition includes contributions from Columbus community members to over twenty sculptural pieces and two-dimensional works in artistic collaboration with Mr. Cooper.

“YuYu” is a reference to the Yu Yuan gardens of Shanghai where the diverse elements of air, water and artifact exist in astounding combination with each other.


April 12 – June 29, 2013

The t-shirt has evolved from its humble origins as a man’s undergarment to one of the most ubiquitous pieces of clothing in our closets. View more than 100 examples of this popular phenomenon from the Indiana University Sage Collection.

February 5 – March 22, 2013

Doreen McCarthy Artist Statement

My work is a consequential step of giving form to space and imagination. The sculptures are about how to change something in a way that keeps the before, after and intervening transformation equally visible The transformative abilities of art-condensation of materials, context, community and intent-are the core of my art making practice.   Perceptions of art can be considered and understood within the milieu of one’s environment and as a paradigm of culture.   Specific site projects inform the development of my new sculptures as the history of each place provides context for the image, scale and material within the public or private domain.   My production often appears to present aesthetic oxymorons that occupy both sides of formal and conceptual oppositions such as material versus effect.   I am currently developing sculptures that continue to circumvent barriers of spatial articulation.
I have worked with non-traditional materials employing corrugated cardboard, inflated plastic, nylon and Plexiglas both in the studio and with the aid of industrial fabricators.   I explore scale, building and modeling of objects, translucency and the absence and presence of objecthood.   Physically shifting the scale, material and site alters the subjectivity of experience.   My current work is intended to further incorporate this dialogue and apply it to a larger, public space designed to change the way we are informed by and see the world we live in, questioning the notions of perception and how the conversation between timelessness and static objecthood may be renegotiated.

The Work of Drawings: The Exploratory Drawings of Regina Granne and Russell Roberts

December 14, 2012 – January 18, 2013

The Work of Drawings: The Exploratory Drawings of Regina Granne and Russell Roberts, is the first exhibition in a series that IUCA+D will sponsor to examine the role of drawing as an investigatory tool of the designer and the artist. This exhibition series will include all forms of designers and artists in the effort to survey the breadth and scope of drawing in the contemporary design and art environments, and to examine how the act of drawing is involved with creation.

This exhibition will showcase two visual artists that use drawings to initiate their investigation of visual art, Regina Granne and Russel Roberts. Ms. Granne, known for her figurative drawings and paintings and for her skills as an educator, is this year’s recipient of the St. Graudens medal from the Cooper Union, NYC. Mr. Roberts is an abstract painter and draftsman and is also an educator in the visual arts.

The Exquisite Corpse

September 22 – December 21, 2012

In the course of ten weeks, 18 artists, musicians, architects, painters, sculptors, carpenters and dancers will participate in a collaborative and cumulative installation, The Exquisite Corpse. The idea of Exquisite Corpse is similar to the parlour game “Consequences” in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for further contribution. The result is a consequence of serendipity and calculation.

Our Exquisite Corpse, initiated on September 22, involved 18 participants, each of who brought material of their own choosing to the gallery from which an installation would be built. In the course of two days, the “Corpse” was assembled, a consequence of material, individual and group. In the following weeks, teams of two and three participants will re-visit the “Corpse,” allow to add, repurpose or change the composition to the “Corpse.” There is only one rule: nothing can be thrown out. A dance group is invited to add their own interpretive dance performance at the conclusion of our “Exquisite Corpse,” causing one more rule to be observed; the human form must be able to pass around and through the installation.

Fashioning a Legacy

November 4 – January 7, 2011

Clothing and accessories from the Irwin Sweeney Miller family in the Sage Collection of Indiana University will be exhibited as the inaugural IUCA+D gallery opening.