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10: The Miller Prize Competition Finalists

Exhibition ends
CAP Gallery  February 1 - March 2, 2017

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Exhibition Statement

The exhibition “10: The Miller Prize Competition Finalists“ presents the ten finalists from the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize competition which is the centerpiece of Exhibit Columbus, an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community in Columbus, Indiana.  Along with international voices in architecture, design, and local leaders, the ten Miller Prize finalists participated in the inaugural symposium in fall 2016, which explored the past, present, and future of architecture and design in Columbus.  The symposium allowed the finalists to experience the Columbus community, engage with their assigned architectural sites, and participate in conversations centered around design, fabrication, and education.

Seen here for the first time, are the 10 proposals created by the finalists for the Miller Prize competition.  Each finalist gave a presentation on December 10, 2016 in Columbus, to a jury of international leaders in architecture, art, and design and representatives from each of the Miller Prize sites. Through this juried competition, five winners were awarded Miller Prizes and the opportunity to design and build temporary installations in response to one of five Miller Prize sites along downtown’s Fifth Street, two of which are National Historic Landmarks and each a Columbus icon. 

The inaugural exhibition of Exhibit Columbus opens August 26, 2017 and will also feature more than 10 other installations by international designers, students and professors from midwestern universities, and Columbus high school students. 

This current incarnation of “10: The Miller Prize Competition Finalists” includes proposal images from the December 2016 juried presentations as well as video provided by Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning. It is a continuation of material first displayed at the Indiana University Center for Art+Design during the 2016 symposium.  In this exhibition curated by Jennifer Riley, the ten Miller Prize finalists were invited to create a presentation, expressing the defining ideas and achievements of their practice within a 5 x 6 foot wall area with the option to expand into the floor space. Those panels are represented by photographs taken by Hadley Fruits. On view are the examples in which divergent styles, processes and references reflect a widening circle of what we understand as hallmarks of art and design today.

These panels show us projects ranging from fine art and public art, experimental prototypes, architectural constructions, maquettes, furniture, industrial design, and utopian design and planning for the future.  As we see on view, designers and artists do much more than solve utilitarian problems. They also communicate ideas, tell stories, ask questions, stimulate the senses and construct narratives about nature, culture and making.  Art and design push us to expand our expectations by encountering objects, architecture, and site-specific installations that may be beautiful, awe inspiring and even outlandish. The makers of these panels celebrate a mix of cultures in order to shed light on local customs while they engage in a global discourse. Their work across disciplines, strikes our senses with refreshing originality and our minds with the thrill and mystery of invention, adding endless value to the world we inhabit.

Ball-Nogues Studio
Baumgartner + Uriu
Rachel B. Hayes Studio
Höweler + Yoon
Johnston Marklee and Jonathan Olivares
Oyler Wu Collaborative
Plan B Architecture & Urbanism

Cleo Rogers Memorial Library
Cummins Corporate Office Building
First Christian Church
Irwin Conference Center
Mill Race Park



Earlier Event: March 2
First Thursday Art Walk
Later Event: March 6
Start of BSU spring break