Throughout the city, art galleries have transformed neighborhoods. The city's collection of galleries stands out among nearby cities - the range of art forms represented, the long-standing history of the galleries and the brisk business in art brings together great opportunities for visitors.
Art galleries were one of the main catalysts for the resurgence of the Short North in the 1980s, and they remain a solid foundation of the neighborhood's character.
There's even a Short North Arts Districts Art Trail, which guides you to the galleries and public art installations in the neighborhood and rewards you with deals and discounts for visiting all of the stops.
Gallery Hop is one great way to take in all the art of the neighborhood. On the first Saturday of every month (since 1985,) galleries, and shops stay open late, and oftentimes open new exhibitions. Non-traditional spaces, like retail shops and restaurants, are host to pop-up art shows. Street musicians and performance artists are stationed throughout the neighborhood. Gallery Hop runs from 4 -10 p.m., with restaurants and bars staying open significantly later.
Franklinton, just West of the heart of downtown, is another hotbed of culture and is the center of industrial and edgy arts. Many performances and dozens of artist studios and art spaces fill 400 West Rich, an old drinking fountain factory, speaking to the renaissance of the area. The Vanderelli Room hosts performances and rotating exhibitions and ROY G BIV Gallery features rotating exhibits of contemporary art by emerging artists since 1989.
The second Friday of each month, come to experience the neighborhood-wide celebration of art, performance and community at Franklinton Fridays. Mingle from location to location and come to know all that Franklinton has to offer. The neighborhood is also home to the annual Scrawl, featuring mobile murals from the city’s best visual artists, creative local vendors, DJ sets, food trucks and local brews.
In downtown Columbus, you'll find galleries like Hawk Galleries, which specializes in glass art, and public galleries at spaces including the Columbus College of Art and Design, the Riffe Gallery and the Cultural Arts Center.
On the Near East Side, you'll find a collection of galleries with a focus on African American artists, including Black Arts Plus. The King Arts Complex contains a gallery space, as well.