The Short North Arts District is home to some of the most exciting and engaging public artworks in Columbus.
From iconic permanent murals to colorful Short North Arches and the wildly popular annual Short North Arts District Mural Series, the streets in the Short North Arts District are filled with enlightening and often unexpected works of art. Download a map of the gallery and art guide.
Crediting Our Public Artists
Taking images of public art works and sharing your experiences with public art is one of the most fun things about a visit to the Short North Arts District. As a community, we care deeply about the artists who have contributed the artworks we enjoy every day. Please make sure to credit artists and their galleries where they are noted on the helpful plaques next to artworks throughout the District when you share your photos. If you have an interest in using an image of a public artwork in the Short North Arts District for commercial use, please contact the Short North Alliance at email@example.com to obtain information on how to credit or compensate the artist for use.
Summer Spray Art Project
Summer Spray is returning for 2021!
During this 10-week event, a 1,280-square-foot mural will be created by local artists each weekend. Artists who are interested in participating in this opportunity can click here to learn more and apply online.
Summer Spray is located outdoors on West Goodale Street, between High Street and Park Street.
This project is made possible with support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Short North Alliance Art Fund.
New Public Art
The Heart of Columbus
The Short North Alliance and the Columbus Crew have partnered to create the next legacy mural for the Short North Arts District. Titled The Heart of Columbus, the mural is being created by seasoned local muralist and passionate Columbus Crew SC fan Stephen Davis. An alum of The Ohio State University, Davis was born and raised in Columbus and has created numerous public artworks across the city through Pierce Davis Design studio. The mural will be installed on the exterior 800 N. High Street in the Short North Arts District. The building, which houses several tenants, including The Moxy Hotel, was completed in 2019 and developed by Crawford-Hoying.
The Heart of Columbus is a love letter to fans, to the City, and to the world. It is personal, it is passionate, it is bold, and it brings a noise to the Short North Arts District that is impossible to ignore. The faces of fans are seen flowing in the Crew’s signature flag. Elements of the new stadium, celebratory confetti, and stars symbolize the team as two-time MLS champions while paying homage and honoring the history and legacy of the team. And, the hands, inspired by a common love note passed from the Crew’s players to the fans, showcase the teams love for the city and for the world as well as the unique and diverse community of Columbus.
The Short North Alliance is so excited to partner with Columbus Crew SC. Projects like this are complicated and we’re modifying our project plans to adjust timing so that it best aligns with all of the exciting things coming up with the team and the District. Updated installation timeline to be announced soon.
About The Artists
Stephen Pierce Davis, Lead Artist
Stephen Pierce Davis,”Steve”, is a local designer, artist and mural painter. As a Columbus native and graduate of The Ohio State University, Davis has deep roots in and love for his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. During his time at OSU, Davis attended the SACI Institute of Art in Florence, Italy where he studied painting and printmaking. After graduating, he began his career as a graphic designer and artist for a Fortune 500 company before founding Pierce Davis Photography and Design in 2015. Mural work has become one of his preferred mediums in recent years, painting for several clients across the country and locally. One of his recent favorites was the colorful Ohio Black Lives Matter mural that he designed and painted with friends this past summer across from the Ohio Statehouse. Davis currently lives with his wife Ashley and pup Beans in Clintonville. Instagram handle: pierce_davis
Todd Mason, Supporting Artist
A native of Central Ohio, Todd Mason is Graphic Designer, Artist and Muralist based in Tacoma, WA. Todd attended The Ohio State University, where he studied Fine Arts and holds a BFA in Photography. Todd is currently the Owner and Designer at Todd Mason Design in Tacoma, WA where he focuses on custom graphic design, illustration, hand-painted murals, and sign painting for an array of clientele and industries in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He is also a massive fan of Columbus Crew SC.
Grace Grudowski, Supporting Artist
Originally from Marysville, Grace is a Columbus-based artist focusing on murals, ceramics, and hand lettering.
Jaspreet Mann, Supporting Artist
Jaspreet is a self-taught artist who is originally from Chicago but recently moved to Columbus. His primary media are acrylics with a focus on abstract art.
Spencer Mustine, Supporting Artist
Spencer Mustine is a Columbus native. He specializes in abstract and figurative painting, drawing, and wood sculpture. After earning a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan, Spencer has worked as an art installer, muralist, production artist, and also helped develop and rehab creative spaces.
Jorge Sanclemente, Supporting Artist
Jorge Sanclemente is a graphic designer and illustrator from Bogota, Colombia. He has worked in the creative design field for more than 25 years. Jorge plays and coaches soccer in Delaware Ohio where he lives with his family.
The Heart of Columbus was made possible with support from Columbus Crew SC, the Short North Alliance Art Fund, and Crawford Hoying.
Be The Light
The Short North Arts District welcomed a new public art project on the new Lincoln Parking Garage, located at East Lincoln Street and North Pearl Street in October 2020. Local artist Adam Hernandez created the approximately 460-square-foot permanent mural, titled Be The Light, which marks the 14th new public art piece in the Short North Arts District this year.
This project is made possible with support from The Wood Companies, the Short North Civic Association, The Short North Foundation, the Italian Village Society, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Short North Alliance Art Fund.
The Short North Arts District recently welcomed a new public art project on the side of The Joseph building, located on East Russell Street, by artist Dion Johnson. Born in Ohio in 1975, Johnson is a rising American painter with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and an Masters of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. His acrylic paintings explore contemporary notions of urban, digital, and natural environments through the use of dynamic hard-edged color fields.
Titled Intersecting Energy, Johnson’s mural reflects the vibrancy and joy of the Short North and Arts District. Drawing from the lively activity of High Street and the changing seasons visible in Goodale Park, Intersecting Energy translates time, movement and emotion into layers of colors that progress across the wall. Slender shapes and colors seem to suddenly appear and quietly dissolve as they slip behind and peek out from five prominent rectangles. The geometry of these rectangles alludes to imaginary building facades built from color and light, while gradient transitions of color imply the sky and landscape at different times of day.
The mural was made possible with support from The Pizzuti Companies.
Window Covering Protest Murals
The creation of artworks and supportive messages on window coverings by our business community and local artists in the Short North Arts District has been an inspiration during an incredibly important cultural moment in both our city’s and our nation’s history.
The Short North Alliance has been working to collect and document each of these murals so that their deeply profound messages are not forgotten and they can continue to serve as a very important call to action to change the structures that perpetuate racism and violence.
We are working with the Greater Columbus Arts Council to ensure we have documented all of the muralists and artists of these pieces. If you painted a mural, please click here to fill out a Mural Image Use Approval form as soon as possible. The murals will be featured on ArtUnitesCbus.com. If you know someone who painted a mural, please share this request with them.
Wall Alley Portal
Wall Alley Portal is a mural installation by local, self-taught artists and up-and-coming muralists Ashley Pierce and Josh Cummings. Installed in Wall Alley directly behind the Garden Theater and adjacent to the Short North Church, Wall Alley Portal is an engaging new project that helps to enliven this space.
Pierce, who regularly shows her studio work at Lindsey Gallery in the Short North Arts District, was inspired by the unique architecture of the buildings that line Wall Alley, specifically an historic feature of the Garden Theater that was once a portal doorway into the old building. The imagery exhibited in Wall Alley Portal signifies hope, transformation, and the collective power that the many unique not-profits adjacent to the alley bring in helping the communities they serve. In addition to the artwork, lighting will be added to the alley to enhance safety and create an even more dynamic experience of the artwork at night.
Wall Alley Portal is a project of the Short North Alliance and is made possible with support from: the United Way of Central Ohio, PNC Bank, The Columbus Foundation, the Short North Foundation, the American Electric Power Foundation, the Short North Church, Rock City Church, The Lykens Companies, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Short North Alliance Art Fund.
Short North Arts District Art Trail
Start with Art in the Short North Arts District! Use this Short North Arts District Art Trail to explore all the public art, galleries, performance art spaces, and more in the Art + Soul of Columbus.
The Short North Arts District is home to dozens of murals, including the popular Short North Mural Series and a number of large-scale permanent works.
Short North Arts District Mural Series
The Short North Alliance and 11 partner galleries and art institutions, with the support of the the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council, present the seventh rendition of the highly popular Short North Mural Series titled One World. One World showcases the diversity of global artists and their experiences.
This iteration builds upon the popular Unconventional: A community-curated celebration of our unconventional city (2019-Present), I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 (2018-2020), Six in the Short North (2017-2019), BLANK SPACES (2015-2017), Viewpoints: Murals by Young Professional Working Artists (2013-15), and 10x10x10 (2012-13).
One World is a project of the Short North Alliance and is made possible with support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Short North Alliance Art Fund.
The temporary murals are installed on the exterior brick facades of 25 buildings along High Street in the Short North Arts District. They consist of high resolution images of art works that are printed on vinyl and heat-adhered to buildings. The process results in a work of art that looks painted on the building.
The Short North Mural Series has become one of the most anticipated and celebrated projects in the Short North Arts District and represents an incredible community-wide collaboration among the District’s art galleries.
Brandt-Roberts Galleries/Bernard Palchick: “Invasive Species”
Short North Arts District Permanent Murals
The Short North Alliance, in collaboration with AJ Capital Partners and The Graduate Hotel, commissioned California-based artists Ryan Sarfati (@oh_yanoe) and Eric Skotnes (@zoueh_skotnes) to create and install three permanent public art murals on the exterior building walls of the new Graduate Hotel located in the Short North Arts District. Sarfati and Skotnes also led an artist-in-residency program for members of the Columbus Community. Click here to watch The Journey feature on Broad & High, and click here to see the process of the making of The Journey.
Take the journey when you discover The Journey in the Short North Arts District. Click here to watch The Journey come to life, and download the augmented reality app to experience how the murals come alive here:
The Journey was made possible with support from:
Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati is a Belgian-American artist born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who moved to Los Angeles in the early 90s. He began graffitiing at the age of 11, and by the age of 17 was one of the most prolific names in Los Angeles. He has painted in over 20 countries and has appeared in multiple art publications around the world. In recent years, Yanoe has shifted his focus to fine art in the form of large-scale murals, studio works, and commercial works. Some of his clients include Nike, Urban Decay, Headspace, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Netflix.
Eric “Zoueh” Skotnes is a Los Angeles artist who embarked on graffiting at 11 years old. His obsession with constructing large-scale graffiti inspired him to design murals. Despite his unique esthetic creating abstract graffiti-derived murals, he was dissatisfied with his perceived artistic limitations and pursued a rigorous art education at the Art Center College of Design from 2005-2009, where he studied illustration and fine art. During his last term at the Art Center, Skotnes started to receive commissions from movie and television production studios. He has done paintings, graffiti, murals, and illustration for studio productions such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Tree, How to be a Latin Lover, Murder in the First, The Good Place, Marvel’s Runaways, and Last Man on Earth. Skotnes is currently working on a series of figurative paintings based on human interaction that blends his style of graffiti art with classical figurative painting.
Are You A Life-force?
CAAMP, which includes band members Taylor Meier, Evan Westfall, and Matt Vinson, are a local band on the rise. To celebrate their national success, they gifted a mural to the community that they love and call home. The permanent mural, titled Are You A Life-force? was created by Meier’s mother, local muralist Sally Meier, and CAAMP keyboardist Joe Kavalec. Inspired by the band’s album By and By, released July 26, 2019, the mural depicts the stories told through their music. It is located on the Buttles Avenue side of Bakersfield in the Short North Arts District.
CAAMP (Taylor Meier, Matt Vinson, Joe Kavalec, and Evan Westfall) pictured with Are you a life force?
The Messenger Wall
Located on the north-facing side of 1204 N. High Street, The Messenger Wall is a site-specific sculptural wallscape mural that was installed in the spring of 2017. The Messenger Wall commemorates the incredible messengers in our community who represent empowerment and give credence to the voices of the under-served, neglected, and overlooked. The artwork honors the legacy of the Short North Alliance’s founding director, John Angelo. Angelo means “angel” or “messenger” in Italian. John was a consummate messenger for the neighborhood. He championed lasting programs for, events in, and improvements to our community. Like John, this building’s owner, Community Housing Network, and its tenant, Dress for Success Columbus, serve as profound messengers to those they serve. Artists Eric Raush (@erauschy) and Jen Kiko (@ottoiko) chose the messenger pigeon, set against an abstract backdrop of imagery from the Short North Arts District, to represent these treasured community messengers. The mural is made of carved and pigmented brick.
The Messenger Wall was made possible with the support of the following:
Short North Alliance | Jack and Zoe Johnstone Fund of the Short North Foundation | Greater Columbus Arts Council | United Way of Central Ohio Neighborhood Partnership Grant Program | Charly and Jeni Bauer | Community Housing Network | Rick Gore and Peter Yockel | Sharon and Thaddeus O’Brien | Matthew Romanoff | Stephanie Stein and Chris Minnillo | Susan Scherer Charitable Foundation | Mary Catherine’s Antiques | Juli Peisher Rogers | Brian and Michelle Brandt
Short North Gothic
The Short North Arts District’s twist on Grant Wood’s iconic classic, American Gothic, is one of the images for which the District is most well known. Located on the corner of N. High Street and E. Lincoln Street, Short North Gothic is on the outer wall of another famous Short North Arts District spot – Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The original piece depicts a farmer and his daughter, while the District’s skillful reproduction by Steve Galgas (@gtron3000) and Mike Altman (@pixarmike) has flipped the daughter on her head and switched the subjects’ positions. The beautiful mural embodies the spirit of the District and makes a statement of its own.
Photo by Bailey Lytle
An icon in both the art world and the Short North Arts District, Mona Lisa helped put Columbus on the map as an art destination. Painted by Brian Clemons, the public mural is the only one in the District not visible from High Street, but is an important symbol of the neighborhood. The famous muse’s enigmatic smile is as beautiful as the original, but in signature Short North Arts District style, she was painted sideways on her ear, rather than upright.
Photo via Experience Columbus
The Short North Arts District is home to a number of sculptures, which make the neighborhoods buildings, street corners, and parks a joy to discover.
Columbus artists Stephen Canneto and Judith Spater have created a dynamic sculpture that is suspended nearly 30 feet up in the air at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and High Street. Spanning nearly 25 feet in length, the three part sculpture, titled Jubilation, delivers a dance of light and color that changes by the minute. Evoking the vibrancy and diversity of the Short North Arts District community, the sculpture is a celebration of the joy found within our community. Comprised of stainless steel, dichrolaminate, acrylic, and hundreds of Bluetooth controlled LED lights, the sculpture is one of a number of newly installed and planned permanent public artworks in the Short North Arts District.
Jubilation was made possible with support from the Ingram White Castle Foundation, the Borror Family Foundation, and The Short North Alliance Art. Support for the Short North Alliance 2019 season of public art projects comes from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
Chase Park Artworks
Located just north of Chase Bank, Chase Park is a pocket where visitors and locals alike can take a seat in a wrought iron chair and soak in the urban ambiance of High Street. Recessed between two columns and watching over the park is The Guardian, a colorful, playful sculpture by Russ Vogt that proudly symbolizes the organic creativity and brilliance of the Short North Arts District. Inset between the bank and Biscuit & Branch, four concrete and brick pillars form beautiful archways with the help of three stained glass panels that act as an entrance to Chase Park. The colorful space is a wonderful backdrop for the musicians who play during Gallery Hop and adds another artistic touch to the Short North Arts District.
Poplar Park Mosaic Obelisk
Just north of the Cap is the picturesque Poplar Park, the Short North Arts District’s largest pocket park with one of the most exquisite public sculptures in the city, Andrew Lidgus’ obelisk titled In Dreams Again. The name is a phrase from Ohio’s state song, “Beautiful Ohio,” while the design on the totem depicts three cardinals and a trillium, Ohio’s state bird and flower, and nature spirits – one receiving water to represent the name “Ohio,” based on the Iroquois word meaning “beautiful river,” and one receiving leaves to honor the natural history of Ohio. The sculpture stands amongst café tables, chairs, and planters in the park’s stone plaza.
Short North Arches
One of the most recognizable parts of the Short North Arts District is its 17 arches, which pay homage to erstwhile wooden arches first built in 1888, which is when Columbus became known as “Arch City.” Ohio was chosen to host the centennial celebration of the creation of the Northwest Territory since it was the first state carved out of the territory. The wooden arches were lit by gaslight and had been built to both light the streets and dazzle visitors. In 1896, the wood and gas was replaced with steel and electric, but in 1916 the arches were torn down entirely and replaced by light posts. In 2002, almost 100 years later, 17 steel arches were reinstalled on High Street from Goodale to Fifth Avenue and are a hallmark of the Short North Arts District. The individually-programmable lights, which use LED technology, create a bright rainbow along the mile stretch of High Street that is the District.
Photo via Experience Columbus
ArtPaths is an art walkway program that features 23 unique artworks created by Columbus College of Art & Design students on over 400 construction barricades that line streets throughout the Short North Arts District. As the barriers will move virtually daily as a part of the City of Columbus’ High Street Streetscape Improvements Project, the artworks were created so that no matter how the barriers are shifted or configured, the artwork will be seen and cohesive story will be told. Learn more about ArtPaths here. ArtPaths is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.
ArtPaths is made possible with partnerships and support from the following:
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From iconic permanent murals to colorful Short North Arches and Six in the Short North: Short North Temporary Mural Series, the streets in the Short North Arts District are filled with enlightening and often unexpected works of art. At the heart of the District is its galleries, which feature folk art to fine art. Build your collection with works by thousands of emerging & established artists showcased in the Short North Arts District.
The mural pictured at the top of this page is Short North Gothic by Steve Galgas and Mike Altman.