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We are excited to host an Artist-led Workshop: Relief Poster Printing with Cat Head Press!
September 24–25 at Studio 207

$40 for two-day workshop

Experience the magic of printmaking and create a compelling poster using relief printing techniques! Workshop participants will gain an understanding of relief printing, carve a linoleum block, ink the block and produce a series of prints.

Cat Head Press is an Indianapolis based not-for-profit community center and fine art printmaking studio. Their primary mission is to enrich and increase the wellbeing of the community through investments in creativity and artistic expression.

Find the full details and sign up at

We have also organized Artist-led Workshop: Glass with Lisa Pelo!
October 8–10, downtown in front of The Commons
$40 for a one-hour workshop

Lisa Pelo, artist and owner of Hot Blown Glass and president and CEO of Glass Arts Indiana, brings her mobile glass studio back to downtown Columbus!

Participants will create a glass object on their own after a brief tutorial, with assistance from Lisa and her team. Each piece is unique and can be customized with an array of colored glass. Workshop participants and glass artists will be working closely together, so face masks are recommended.

Find the details and links to all three workshops at

2019 site-responsive performance by Dance Kaleidoscope, with Soft Civic by Bryony Roberts Studio

Bring your family and join us downtown for a Site-responsive performance by Dance Kaleidoscope, in concert with Exhibit Columbus, October 2 at 11:00 am!

Sites are still being finalized, so stay tuned for the selected performance locations at

Indianapolis-based dance company Dance Kaleidoscope will present pop-up performances at three installations, in concert with Exhibit Columbus. Bring your family and join us to witness this creative and inspirational display, experiencing the exhibits in a new, exciting way! 

Dance Kaleidoscope's performance will be dedicated to our dear friend and long-time arts supporter, Sarah Cannon.

In Memory of Sarah Cannon:

“Sarah served for six years as a CAAC board member, with two years as board president. Sarah was an incredible advocate for the arts. She loved supporting artists, performers and emerging creative talent. Sarah always said that she had no artistic talent herself, but instead that she was a connector of people and talent, and for that, I am grateful for all the ways she helped advance the arts in our community.”
– Kathryn Armstrong, Executive DIrector, CAAC –

"Sarah was a loyal supporter of the arts in all forms: She supported individual artists, encouraging them to pursue their passions and put their talents to use. She was an advocate for the Arts Council, using her influence as a community leader to advance the arts and make them accessible to all. But when I remember Sarah, I will always think of her ardent devotion to the art of dance; it’s what she loved most. It is especially meaningful to honor her as part of the Dance Kaleidoscope performance. Being a season ticket holder for many years she introduced countless friends to their work. I can’t think of a better tribute to Sarah’s memory."
– Erin Hawkins, former CAAC board member and board president –

Following the Dance Kaleidoscope performance, visit Fiesta Latina, an Ethnic Expo event presented by Su Casa and TuFuturo, 12:00–10:00 pm along 4th Street.

As part of Fiesta Latina, CAAC has worked with Su Casa to create a collaborative Interactive Mural! Stop by for a family-friendly painting experience, 12:00–4:00 pm in the rear parking lot of the former PNC Bank.

Visit sucasacolumbus/fiesta-latina for more information about the event!

Creative Resident Jamie Lynn Williams dyeing fiber in Studio 207
Creative Resident Jennefer Hoffmann working in clay at Studio 207

Our next pop-up at The Workshop is a group exhibition featuring 2021 Creative Residents who participated in programs at Studio 207, and public art projects in Columbus: 

Shop Talk
October 5, 2021–January 18, 2022

More information and photos to come! Stay up to date at

Large Arch by Balthazar Korab, ca. 1971

Anchor, Move, Connect: Henry Moore's Large Arch is on view at 411 Gallery through September 26.

This exhibition was curated by Tricia Gilson of the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, with graphic design by Brooke Hawkins Design.

In the spring of 1971, Henry Moore's Large Arch was installed in the heart of Columbus. Situated in a broad plaza between the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, First Christian Church, and the Irwin home, the monumental bronze sculpture serves as a visual anchor, inviting us to move our eyes and our bodies through the plaza. Large Arch connects us as a community to our immediate surroundings, and to places far away. 

This exhibition features photographs, drawings, documents and recordings from the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives.

Gallery hours are 12:00–4:00 pm on Fridays, or by appointment: contact 10 guests welcomed into the Gallery at a time; masks are required.

Yoko Sekino Bové, former resident artist with the New Harmony Clay Project
Silk Eagle Feather by Docey Lewis

Mark your calendars for the next exhibition at 411 Gallery, October 7–November 28:

Entanglements by Docey Lewis
With fascination for natural materials and fluency with textile structures and centuries-old techniques, Lewis uses her skills as an artist, designer, entrepreneur and educator to cooperate with global artisans making unusual textiles that provide needed livelihoods. Having not been able to work hands-on with her usual international partners since the pandemic began, Lewis focused on creating art in her New Harmony, Indiana studio, tangled in a myriad of recycled materials, studio detritus and her own hopes and fears for the future.

Visions in Utopia by the
 New Harmony Clay Project
Utopian Visions features a selection of works from various ceramic Artists-in-Residence from the New Harmony Clay Project. These artists have the opportunity to create and experience the slower pace of the New Harmony, Indiana community that is home to two attempts at establishing Utopia and the surroundings "that pay tribute to a blend of the past and future."  

A reception celebrating the exhibition, and the completion of Phase I of the 6th Street Arts Alley, will be held October 28, 5:00–7:00 pm.

Gallery hours are 12:00–4:00 pm on Fridays, or by appointment: contact 10 guests welcomed into the Gallery at a time; masks are required.


In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services is installing Transformation, a collaborative artwork, in the 411 Gallery Community Studio, October 7–31.

Transformation includes over 600 buttons made by members of the Columbus community, honoring the transformation survivors go through during the healing process and recognizing how we are all transformed by our relationships.

The artwork and contributors will celebrate at the October 28 reception, 5:00–7:00 pm in the 6th Street Arts Alley.

Transformation is on view during gallery hours, 12:00–4:00 pm on Fridays, or by appointment: contact

Project rendering by LAA Office

We are looking forward to installing the street mural as part of the 6th Street Arts Alley, October 15–17!
Sign up for volunteer shifts at

With close proximity to art and cultural organizations and local businesses, this urban activation project designed by LAA Office is shaping 6th Street into a dynamic space for programs and community activities at the heart of the city!

Following the painting of the street by LAA Office, CAAC and volunteers, mural artist Nick Smith will create a piece for the south wall of the Odd Fellows building at 601 Washington Street.

Concept art for Nick's mural will be coming soon! In the meantime, take a look at some of Nick's previous work below, and find him at

We will mark the completion of Phase I, the painting of the street and wall mural, with an Arts Alley Celebration on October 28, 5:00–7:00 pm! Join us on 6th Street to honor the accomplishments of everyone involved and have some fun on the Arts Alley! More news to come; check back at artsincolumbus/6th-street-arts-alley.

The 6th Street Arts Alley is supported by the City of Columbus, Columbus Area Visitors Center, Indiana Arts Commission Cultural District partnership, CREA and First Financial BankHeritage Fund – The Community Foundation of Bartholomew CountyIU Presidential Arts and Humanities and J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program, and by individual contributions from the community.


411 Gallery is looking for 50 creative people to each create one work of art for 50/50 – A Community Art Project, on view December 17, 2021–February 20, 2022.

All works will be made on 4”x4” wood panel supplied by the Columbus Area Arts Council. Additional materials are to be supplied by the participant and can include painting, drawing, collage, textiles or mixed media mounted directly on the wood panel. Each 50/50 artwork will be available for sale at $50 to support 411 Gallery.

To participate, sign up by October 1 at Contact us with questions at

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is seeking Hoosier artists to tell stories of Indiana's basketball legacy!

The three-year Fieldhouse of the Future renovation includes the commissioning of artwork for the new Key Bank Suites, Main Concourse and the Balcony levels. The artwork program’s intention is to tell key stories about Indiana basketball, Indianapolis, the Pacers and the Fever, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Arts Council of Indianapolis is looking to involve artists in the following ways:
  • Purchases of existing, original artwork
  • License fees for high-quality images of existing artwork
  • Commissions of new artwork
  • Commissions of new, site-specific mural artwork 

Read full details of the projects and apply at

Register now for the Indiana Arts Homecoming, October 13–15 online!

Indiana Arts Homecoming is the State of Indiana’s annual arts conference. As always, the audience is YOU and everyone who calls Indiana home. If you are creative, support creativity, or like creative things in your community, this conference is for you.

The 2021 Homecoming will feature 62 speakers, including 2 keynotes (by Calida Jones and John Green & Sarah Urist Green), 23 Breakout Sessions, 7 Creative Warm-Ups and Intermissions, and 9 Networking Meet-Ups. Sessions cover topics such as creative aging, teaching artists, the portfolio career, community development, inclusive practices, online programming, and so much more.

Find the full schedule and register at

Apply now for FILLED UP 2 (A Ceramic Cup Show) in New Harmony!

The New Harmony Clay Project, in cooperation with the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, a University of Southern Indiana division of outreach and engagement, is now accepting entries for its second annual juried cup show to be exhibited in historic New Harmony, IN, November 20–December 18, 2021. Whether you choose to fill your cups with beverages, food or pencils, this exhibition will feature over 100 handmade creations from artists across the country. 

FILLED UP 2 is open to all US residents, 16 years of age or older. Entries must have been completed within 3 years of the entry deadline. Ceramics vessel forms (cups, mugs, yunomis, tankards, tumblers, goblets, tea bowls, etc.), ceramic sculptures, and ceramic installation works are eligible.

Read and download the prospectus and apply by October 31 at

Applications are now open for the DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award!

In 2017, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and the Arts Council of Indianapolis created and piloted a new juried artist grant/award program to provide project funding for professional artists in Indiana that promotes, celebrates, recognizes and rewards excellence. The aim of the program is to recognize contemporary visual artists and support their exceptional projects.  

The DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award Program will honor up to five contemporary visual artists with grants of up to $10,000 each year for aspirational visual arts projects. Each project must demonstrate an immediate need for the requested funds and be completed within the stated deadline. It is intended to allow a high-tolerance for risk and exploration and will provide support for an artist’s creative practice that will help her/him push their work in dynamic ways. Each artist will submit a final report at the end of the process and may be included in a final curated exhibition.

Read full details and apply by November 12 at

The Columbus, Indiana Pride Festival will be held this Saturday, September 18, 1:00–6:00 at Mill Race Park!

Columbus, Indiana Pride Festival is a celebration of unity and individualism. The festival works to unite Columbus as one community that celebrates diversity, fosters inclusion for all. The organizers seek to promote unity by bringing together members of the LGBT community, allies and community leaders while advocating for positive conversation about the values and experiences we share, while celebrating what makes us different. 

Find the full event schedule and learn more at

Join the IU J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program for a guest lecture by Amanda Williams and Samuel Levi Jones, September 23, 6:30–8:00 pm at The Republic Building.

Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect. Williams’ creative practice employs color as a way to draw attention to the complexities of race, place and value in cities. The landscapes in which she operates are the visual residue of the invisible policies and forces that have misshapen most inner cities. Williams’ installations, paintings and works on paper seek to inspire new ways of looking at the familiar and in the process, raise questions about the state of urban space and citizenship in America. 

Samuel Levi Jones was born and raised in Marion, Indiana. Trained as a photographer and multidisciplinary artist, he earned a B.A. in Communication Studies from Taylor University and a B.F.A from Herron School of Art and Design in 2009. He received his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in 2012. His work is informed by historical source material and early modes of representation in documentary practice. He explores the framing of power structures and struggles between exclusion and equality by desecrating historical material, then re-imagining new works. 

Learn more about this event and the full series of lectures at

Take a walk down memory lane with 200 Years Together – Our Stories Illuminated on 4th Street, September 23–24 in downtown Columbus!

The Columbus Area Bicentennial is lighting up 4th Street like you’ve never seen it before. Join us on Thursday and Friday before the Mill Race Marathon for a celebration of all that brings us together. Enjoy memories, nostalgia and awe-inspiring visuals by Blockhouse Studios, projected across from 4th Street Bar and Grill.

Learn more about this project and watch a behind-the-scenes video at

The Indiana Arts Commission is presenting the Governor's Arts Awards online, October 10 at 4:00 pm EDT. 

Every two years, the Indiana Arts Commission and Office of the Governor team up to celebrate and uplift individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the state through the arts. Join them virtually to celebrate with award recipients and explore the Indiana towns they call home.

Over the past few weeks, the Indiana Arts Commission and the Office of the Governor have been working with Tilt 23 to hit the road and record each recipient accepting the award in their hometown, in a place that shows the strength and joy of arts and creativity.
Award recipients are:

  • Jim Bodenmiller, Advocate, Lafayette
  • Michael Cleveland, Musician, Henryville
  • Hurley Goodall, Advocate, Muncie
  • John Green, Author, Indianapolis
  • The Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis
  • Amy Oelsner, Musician, Bloomington
  • Robert and Barbara Stevens, Advocates, Columbus

Learn more and register for the event at

Many Thanks to our 2021 Program Sponsors: 

City of Columbus
Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts
Efroymson Family Fund
Columbus Museum of Art & Design

CAAC is a non-profit organization supported by private and public donations, the City of Columbus, the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Copyright © 2021 Columbus Area Arts Council, All rights reserved.

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