Columbus Museum of Art and Design announced the recipients of their 2019 Grants Program and LAA Office has received the top award! The funds will go towards the creation of a new public mural in Downtown Columbus on the east façade of the Columbus Area Arts Council’s 411 Gallery building. Based on historic design studies from I.M. Pei’s Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, the mural explores a playful variety of textures and rhythms based on the building’s unique organization of furniture. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2019.
The Columbus Area Arts Council is proud to announce that LAA Office’s design for the 411 Community Studio Space has received full funding from Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. The project will provide a creative space for the Art Council’s Designers-In-Residence to work and display their art in downtown Columbus. For more information, see the Republic Newspaper’s recent story here. The project is currently set to open in late August of 2019.
On Monday, May 6th Lulu Loquidis and Daniel Luis Martinez delivered the keynote address at the Columbus Area Arts Council’s Annual Meeting. The event was held in the Republic Building, home of IU’s J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program. The presentation highlighted three current LAA Office projects, including recent work for the ‘Cleo Turns 50’ exhibition with Bartholomew County Public Library and Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives, as well as an exhibition and mural project that will open this summer at the 411 Gallery and the design for a new community arts space in collaboration with CAAC. Thanks to all that attended!
Daniel Luis Martinez and Etien Santiago, in collaboration with graduate students from IU’s J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program, have received a prestigious Ostrom Grant for their 2019 Exhibit Columbus proposal titled ‘Entry Portal’. The project is one of seven University Design Research Fellowship designs that will be featured during the celebrated biennial beginning in August of 2019. Named in honor of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom, whose work emphasized the importance of community and collaboration, the grant was established to augment funding for distinctive creative projects.
In partnership with Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives and the Bartholomew County Public Library, LAA Office has been chosen to design an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I. M. Pei. ‘Cleo Turns 50’ will examine the many ways in which this significant building has shaped the civic consciousness of Columbus and Bartholomew County.
‘Recent Work’ by LAA Office is being featured at Indiana University’s J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program’s gallery through the end of March 2019. It is part of a larger exhibition featuring current and past work by faculty members. If you’re in Columbus, swing by! More info here.
LAA Office principals Lulu Loquidis and Daniel Luis Martinez have been selected by the Columbus Area Arts Council as ‘2019 Designers-in-Residence.'“ The new program aims to link the artistic and architectural culture of Columbus to a global network of artists and designers. As the inaugural recipients, LAA Office will design and construct a new Community Studio within CAAC’s 4-1-1 Art Gallery. The new space will serve as the creative hub for future honorees. Design Development is underway with completion expected by Fall 2019!
On January 19th, Daniel Luis Martinez presented the project ‘Entry Portal’ as part of the 2019 Exhibit Columbus University Design Research Fellows. In collaboration with Etien Santiago and graduate students at the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program, the project imagines a new threshold into Myron Goldsmith’s nationally landmarked modernist icon, The Republic Building. The project will open to the public in August of 2019!
LAA Office was invited to contribute two pieces (Topos I and II) to the Columbus Area Arts Council’s ‘50/50 Community Art Project’ exhibition. The project serves as a fund raiser for arts-related programming in Columbus. We were very proud to participate for a great cause! Topos I and II are undulating surface studies made of 3D-printed PLA.