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Live to Inspire

Columbus is filled with opportunities to experience art, from world-class museums to Instagram-worth public murals. Check out our Live to Inspire list, curated by:

Follow this guide to Columbus’ artistic side, from museums and art galleries to large-scale installations and murals, to events and interactive experiences.

Art Galleries

Columbus’ vast and diverse array of art galleries offer a look at the city’s artists from up and comers to some of the art world’s most prominent names. Evan Williams has a few favorites to recommend:

400 West Rich – Williams calls this “a living, breathing gallery” and points to it as the best place to really get a look at the underground art scene in the city. The space hosts galleries and exhibitions from numerous artists and art collectives around the city.

Blockfort – a gallery and studio space in the Discovery District that hosts exhibitions of local works, like the current one featuring works of artists from the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts.

Streetlight Guild – this neighborhood gallery is home to the arts nonprofit whose mission is to amplify underrepresented voices in the arts. The space is an events space but has a second floor gallery space as well as artworks hanging in every room. Open by appointment only.

Public Art

And dive deeper into the visual arts scene by strolling through the Short North district and making stops along the Short North Art Trail to visit galleries and see public art murals and installations.

Check out the life-size deer sculptures, ready to pose-ready for your photos, along the Scioto Mile.

Easton Town Center has installed numerous Instagram-worthy art displays that combine experiential spaces, sculptures and murals.

And to truly do it for the ‘gram, don’t miss the Cbus Love Mural and the Cbus Color Wall, both located downtown near the intersection of S. 5th Street and E. Main Street. You can find more murals and public art installations at the guide to public art from arts organization Columbus Makes Art.

Art Museums

With impressive permanent collections and a current exhibition of the work of renowned Columbus artist Aminah Robinson, the Columbus Museum of Art is a must-visit stop on for any art lover. The contemporary works on display at the Wexner Center for the Arts  feature groundbreaking work and fresh ideas from established and emerging visual artists.

Art Events

Columbus is a city that loves to celebrate art, and these events are keeping social distancing protocols in place to allow art appreciation to become just a little more social. On the West side of town, smaller galleries are hosting the Hilltop Art Hop monthly. In the arts haven of Franklinton, Scrawl 15 is a mobile mural gathering happening the last weekend in August. Don’t stop at just being a spectator, sign up for a session at Makers Social, a weekend DIY event that lets you truly experience Columbus arts by becoming an artist yourself.

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