Venues, shows, performers and groups came and went in Columbus during the past 10 years. Here's a look at the most important changes in local arts.

Venues, shows, performers and groups came and went in Columbus during the past 10 years. Here's a look at the most important changes in local arts.

10. Lincoln Theatre reopens

The jewel of the King-Lincoln District, reopened in May, now includes the best of both worlds: state-of-the-art infrastructure and the grand look it had for decades as a black cultural hub.

9. Chihuly colors Columbus

Dale Chihuly had a small presence in Columbus before 2000, but his glass became part of the city more powerfully each year. Right now, he has ongoing exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Art, Franklin Park Conservatory and Hawk Galleries.

8. Theater leaves the Short North

After CATCO left the neighborhood in the late '90s, others followed suit. Red Herring Theatre Ensemble and Bread & Circus Theatre Co. moved, while the Reality Theatre Company and Shadowbox's 2Co's Cabaret closed for good. Only Columbus Children's Theatre remains.

7. Old-guard administrators move on

The '00s saw Wayne Lawson step down as director of the Ohio Arts Council, where he served for 20 years, and founding director Donn Vickers leave his official post with the Thurber House. Columbus also endured the untimely passing of Ray Hanley, former executive director of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, in 2006.

6. Economic woes cripple arts budgets

The aughts weren't kind to arts organizations. Even more established groups like the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Opera Columbus were forced to cancel productions, trim budgets and reduce staff.

5. Museum makes big acquisitions

Already a strong venue for art of all kinds, the Columbus Museum of Art made several world-class purchases during the past 10 years - 440 provocative pieces from the Schiller collection and the 170-piece Photo League anthology, among others.

4. CCAD expands space, programming

At the start of the decade, the Columbus College of Art & Design signaled its ambition with a giant red sculpture over Gay Street. During the next 10 years, it started a $12 million capital campaign, took over the Byers building on Broad Street and honed a top-notch fashion design program.

3. Warhol comes to the Wex

Other Voices, Other Rooms was a stunning installation of Andy Warhol's prints, videos and personality. The exhibition made one stop in the United States and wrangled national attention for the Wexner Center for the Arts, which hosted it from Sept. 13, 2008, to Feb. 15.

2. Couchfire Collective makes waves

This group of artists based out of Grandview's Junctionview Studios raised the profile of the local creative community through events like Independents' Day and Agora, and helped support the Indie Art Capital of the World campaign.

1. Gallery Hop turns 25

This year's anniversary celebration of the beloved art event was also a yardstick that marked the Short North's slow, steady rise to fame. Both the monthly outing and the district where it happens have put Columbus on the national arts map.