OUR ART

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority is where people meet Columbus. And our facilities are where visitors often meet Columbus' arts community for the first time.

Our Commitment to Art

Our city's rich arts culture explains our life and our people more than mere words ever could. In that way, they are an entryway to our community for those who are just learning what makes Columbus a great place to visit, work and live.

The Convention Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art, and we proudly display those pieces in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and our three parking garages. Our collection is the result of a communitywide call for art, overseen by a committee consisting of Convention Authority Board member Barbara Nicholson, Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes, artist David Barker, philanthropist and arts activist DeeDee Glimcher, and collection curators James and Michael Reese of Reese Brothers Productions.

Our artists represent the diversity of our community, cutting across age, gender and race. If you haven’t met them previously, meet them for the first time on these pages. Then, visit our facilities on your own or schedule a tour to see their work firsthand.

Made from ribbons of ultrabright LED screens, “As We Are” contains a photo booth capable of taking 3-D pictures. After visitors have their pictures taken, they step out of the booth to see their portraits depicted as the face of “As We Are.”

Convention Center Art Tour Program

The Convention Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art, and we proudly display those pieces in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and our three parking garages. Our docent program at the Greater Columbus Convention Center offers a variety of touring options.

Tour Information

The Convention Authority today owns the largest contemporary collection of local art, and we proudly display those pieces in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and our three parking garages. Our docent program at the Greater Columbus Convention Center offers a variety of touring options.

Gallery Hop

On the first Saturday of every month during Gallery Hop, we welcome the public to the Greater Columbus Convention Center for a free tour of our art collection. The tours begin in the North Atrium at the iconic “As We Are” sculpture at 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. We encourage you to park in the Goodale Garage to enjoy the art installations at each elevator bank and take the attached skybridge on the third floor to access the Convention Center.

Group Tours

Are you looking for something more private? We also offer free group tours of the art collection for groups of 10 or more. We do our best to accommodate all requests but ask you to allow four weeks’ notice. Please emailĀ guestservices@columbusconventions.com to book your tour or for more information.

Field Trips

We also encourage schools to think of the Greater Columbus Convention Center as a unique field trip destination. Our free tours are 45 minutes in length and work best for grades K-12. There is a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 60 students per tour required. Please email guestservices@columbusconventions.com to book your tour or for more information.

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