Columbus Cap-UP

The Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP) is a series of installation window displays by area artists. The project is a partnership between the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID).

Chintz by Paula Nees, Eileen Woods, Barb Vogel



This installation was inspired by the experience of growing up in the 1950s. Our collective experiences included visits to downtown department stores (e.g. Lazarus) and recalling a time when dressing up to go shopping was part of that experience. As Columbus celebrates its history of the past 200 years the Lazarus Department Store is decidedly a most important fixture in that history. The downtown culture was shaped by this store in a number of ways: fashion, décor, events, eateries and exquisite dining rooms such as the Chintz Room. It is the memory of the Chintz Room that is the focus of this installation.

The installation evokes a time when store windows where extravagant miniaturized worlds that went far beyond the display of products but instead promoted a distinct style. The window spaces at 39 East State Street include a backdrop of numerous draped chintz fabrics and a 3-D centerpiece that reflects the design of the Chintz Room compote dish. The centerpiece holds an array of apparel and paraphernalia indicative of the ‘50s: white gloves, napkins, pearls, ashtrays and cigarettes. Along with the display of white on white objects against chintz fabrics we have included small paper slips. These paper restaurant receipts have printed and handwritten text that links the installation to specific foods viewers might recall from the famous Chintz Room menu -chicken salad and pecan balls. These handwritten slips also recognize the countless people that worked, served and waited on Lazarus’ many patrons.

Artist Bios

Paula Nees received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1977 from the University of California, Davis. Her work has been included in juried and invitational exhibitions including the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Huntington Museum in West Virginia. Nees has received two Visual Arts Fellowship awards from the Wisconsin Arts Board and a Regents Fellowship from the University of California. Her paintings and drawings are part of numerous corporate collections including the Pillsbury Company, Security Pacific Bank of California, the State Office Building of Wisconsin in Madison, and JDS Incorporated of Columbus, Ohio. After moving to Columbus, Ohio in 1992, Nees has been active in the art community exhibiting her work throughout the region. She began teaching at Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio in 1993 and has been an instructor of studio arts and art history. Her studio work incorporates aqueous media, textiles, book arts, oil, and fresco painting.

Eileen Woods completed her MA at Marshall University and her MFA at The Ohio State University. She attended Skowhegan School through a fellowship where she studied with Thomas Friedman, Byron Kim, and Polly Apfelbaum, among others. Woods has taught painting, figure study, advanced drawing, and color theory at Marshall University, West Virginia University, Shawnee State University, and The Ohio State University. Woods has exhibited widely in the tri-state area, and her work is included in several collections, including a painting installation commission for McGraw-Hill and a permanent painting installation at The Ohio State University. She is currently using mixed media and installation to explore subjects of morality, mortality and memory.

Barbara Vogel earned a BFA in painting and a MFA in photography at The Ohio State University. In 2009 Vogel exhibited at the Riffe Gallery in a group show celebrating the Ohio Art League’s 100th Anniversary and received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. In 2010 she was in a group show at the Strathmore Art Center in Bethesda, MD. In 2011 Vogel had a solo show at the Springfield Museum of Art, in Springfield, OH, and won a professional award at the Ohio State Fair. In September of 2012 Vogel has a month long residency in Vermont Studio Center to explore my art making. She is a member of C.A.W., the Ohio Art League, and Spring Street Studios. Vogel fondly remembers the chicken salad, celery seed dressing, and pecan balls, served at the Chintz on the 5th floor of Lazarus as well as the meaning behind the expression “shop until you drop.”