2019 Designer Showcase 

Designer Showcase
April 19 – Sunday, May 19, 2019

This year, Decorators’ Show House becomes Designer Showcase (DSC) and moves into the first floor of the Walter Wing. Fourteen local designers will transform blank galleries into 18 creative living spaces, including bedrooms, living room, bath, and kitchen.

All proceeds support Wonder School and other creative intitiatives.

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  • $20 through April 18 and $25 after that date 
  • Ticket includes general admission to CMA
  • Tickets sold separately for the Preview Party and Garden Party 


*Tickets also include admission to special exhibition Life in the Age of Rembrandt. This exclusive exhibition, shown only in Columbus, features Dutch masterworks rarely seen in the U.S., and is an international partnership between Columbus Museum of Art and the Dordrecht Museum, the Netherlands.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM*
Thursday Evenings: 10:00 AM–9:00 PM*
*Last admission is one hour before closing

Designer Nights
Meet the designers in their rooms Thursday evenings during Designer Showcase, plus enjoy food in the atrium and a full bar from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM.

Treasures and Trinkets
Our Treasures and Trinkets shop offers an eclectic assortment of gently used delights. Find this treasure trove of décor, gift and accessory items as you exit your Designer Showcase tour. Proceeds benefit Wonder School, a laboratory preschool.

Pop-Up Shops
Look for pop-up shops every Thursday during the run of Designer Showcase.
April 25: Leather art from Lisa Miller of Dusk to Dawn Studio; Jewelry from Anne Holman & Jen Townsend from The Smithery; wood pieces from Mark Hilligoss fairTurn Studio; blown glass from Jim Delang Glass; May 2: Ceramics from Kevin Keiser of KeiserCeramics; purses from Jessica Joy Goldyfish Handbags; wood pieces from Mark Hilligoss fairTurn Studio; upscale resale from Deborah Patton of Reinstate Designs; May 9:   painting by Dennis Rano Art; silk wraps and custom blouses from Heidi Ackley of Pearly Vine; wood pieces from Mark Hilligoss fairTurn Studio; mixed media by Steve Jebbett of Pieces of My Mind; Noisy Art for Bizarre Times  May 16: Jewelry from Treffry Caldwell of Pluma Jewelry; wood pieces from Mark Hilligoss fairTurn Studio; mixed media art by Julia Hamilton

Visitor Information
Designer Showcase is ADA accessible.
Parking is available at the Museum and around the Discovery District.
For more information on visiting, click here.

Download the 2019 Designer Showcase program.

Group Sales
Tickets for groups of 10 or more are available. To make your group reservations, please call the Reservations Hotline at 614.629.0359.

Special Events Back to Top

Join us for these special events during Designer Showcase. Tickets to each event include admission to Showcase and general admission to the Museum.


When: Thursday, April 18, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets are $100 per person through March 15, $125 after that date.
($75 of the ticket price is a tax-deductible)

Designer Showcase Preview Party

Celebrate the kickoff of Designer Showcase 2019 with our Go Green Gala preview party! Tour the Showcase, mingle with the designers, and enjoy other creative experiences, such as a CCAD fashion show using sustainable fabrics, and a modern dance performance by OSU. Sample hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a free signature drink. Dress to impress in your own Go Green style. During the Preview we will be presenting Doug and Rose Mary Kohler with a Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary contributions to interior design and their generous, ongoing support of the CMA Women’s Board Designer Showcase through the years. 

Last entry to the Showcase is at 8:00 PM.


When: Saturday, May 4, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tickets are $100 per person

Special reserved tables of eight with a takeaway for each guest are available for $1000**

*$75 is tax deductible
**$750 is tax deductible


A Proper Garden

Start with a signature drink, cash bar and entertainment, and continue with a fabulous lunch and an interactive presentation by A Proper Garden. Free entry to Designer Showcase is included. 



2019 Photo Gallery
Designer Showcase, formerly Decorators’ Show House, is a biennial event presented by CMA Women’s Board that raises funds to support creative experiences at CMA such as our new Wonder School. This signature event has been a central Ohio tradition for more than 40 years. In 2017, the event location was transferred from a private residence to the CMA galleries. This innovative move celebrates creative design while honoring the storied tradition of show houses. 

All photos by Brad Feinknopf.

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