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In partnership with Exhibit Columbus

Public by Design: Activity Hub

Exhibition Dates:

August 26–November 11

Gallery Hours:

Thursday and Friday from 12:00–6:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am–2:00 pm

This fall, 411 Gallery has transformed into an Activity Hub for Exhibit Columbus' exhibition, Public by Design. The space serves as a center for information and insight into the making of the exhibition. Here, visitors can explore an overview of the exhibit, gaining an understanding of how each of the thirteen design teams responded to their architectural site and the exhibition’s theme and curatorial statement.


Additionally, this space offers activities and programs that showcase the creativity of youth and teens. These pop-up initiatives serve as platforms for collaboration, nurturing a sense of belonging and connection within the community.


Public by Design Curatorial Statement


The theme of the fourth cycle of Exhibit Columbus, Public by Design, builds on the legacy of Columbus, Indiana to explore how collaborations between communities and designers can revitalize and reimagine historic downtowns as equitable, beautiful, and joyful places. Public by Design serves as a platform for many vibrant communities to become connected around the values of inclusivity, care, and generosity. This cycle celebrates creative methods of collaboration that communities and designers can use to grow a sense of belonging and connection in public spaces.

These ideas extend through every aspect of this cycle of Exhibit Columbus, from shaping the curatorial team and process, to selecting participants, and creating the format and goals of every event. Starting with the 2022 Symposium, the voices, memories, and dreams of the many communities of Columbus will be amplified and celebrated in the design process. We believe this collaborative effort and the process of co-creation will resonate far beyond the city limits of Columbus.

The 2023 Exhibition will feature temporary installations throughout downtown, whose impacts will be lasting and profound. They will grow from the ideas explored in the Symposium, collaborations with community partners, and the creative imagination of the participants. The installations can serve as prototypes for permanent change in the urban core of this city and examples for other communities to consider.

Public by Design represents an opportunity for each of us to play new and transformative roles in shaping a public life that is more connected to public places and public institutions.

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411 Gallery

411 Sixth Street

Columbus, Indiana

Gallery Hours

Thursday 12:00–6:00 pm
Friday 12:00–6:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am–2:00 pm


Or by appointment:

CLOSED Major Holidays
and between exhibitions

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Ethereal Times: A Cat Art Show 
by Ana Meza & Nuni Lee

June 15–July 29, 2023

Salon by Loran Bohall
Rural Weaving by Laura F. Nicholson 
March 16–May 20, 2023

50/50: A Community Art Project

December 1, 2022 –February 18, 2023

Holding Space by Amy Greely,
Living in Color
by Daren Redman 

September 15–November 11, 2022

INPerspective by Ian Carstens, Rachel Kavathe, Sarah Marsom, Jonathan Nesci, Timothy Rix.

June 17–August 21, 2022


Home by Jonathan Nesci

Hope, Calm & Remembrance by Rebecca Chamberlain

March 11–May 21, 2022


full list of previous exhibitions →

About the Gallery

411 is a community arts gallery and cultural space for exhibitions, events, and collaborations. Managed by the Columbus Area Arts Council, 411 Gallery is located in downtown Columbus on the 6th Street Arts Alley, a creative hub at the heart of the city.


Managed by the Columbus Area Arts Council, 411 is made possible by grants from the Efroymson Family Fund, City of Columbus, Columbus Museum of Art & Design and by donations from the community.


Community Studio

The 411 Community Studio is a flexible space for youth arts and emerging creatives to work, meet and collaborate. Made of custom plywood panels and built-in furniture, the space is meant to evolve as artists work with the community to reimagine the exhibition wall into temporary installations. The Community Studio is part of the Columbus Area Arts Council's inaugural residency project and was made possible through generous support from Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

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Learning Patterns Mural

Expanding on LAA Office's research into the design and construction of the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, Learning Patterns reinterprets historic diagrams used for organizing the library's furniture layouts. A mural installed on the gallery's east facade creates a larger composition that celebrates an important part of Columbus' design heritage. Funding for the mural was generously provided by the Columbus Museum of Art & Design.

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Learning Patterns Mural

411 is made possible by the generosity of these organizations:

Efroymson Family Fund logo, a multicolored starburst shape with the name of the fund in blue at the right.
Columbs Museum of Art + Design Logo, interlocking rectangles with the lettes "CMAD"
Columbus Area Arts Council Logo, abstract shapes mimicking "CAAC"
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