Ohio Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31
Thursday is "Ohio Overdose Awareness Day." The thirty-first day of August is designated to raise public awareness of the epidemic and to remember the lives lost to the epidemic. In recognition of Ohio Overdose Awareness Day, the state flag displayed at a state building or public institution shall be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on August 31.

Pay Stations will be replaced.
The Underground Parking Garage at the Ohio Statehouse will replace the equipment and pay stations during the last weeks of August. Please, follow the signage showing traffic pattern changes.

On Thursday, August 24, only two pay stations will be available, one near the sliding glass doors entering the Statehouse, and one near the Rhodes Building tunnel. Drivers may also pay at the exit gates.

Starting on Friday, August 25, ALL pay stations will be closed. The north entrance and exit gates will be closed at Broad St. Please enter, exit and pay at the south gates at Third St. and State St.

Please watch for up-to-date directional signs this week and beyond while this work is being completed. Thank you for your patience.

If you have questions, please contact the Parking Garage office at 614-728-2557.

Volunteers install the flags
(Columbus, OH)—The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is seeking volunteers to install a memorial flag display on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse in commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The 9/11 flag display will be open to the public from Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 12 p.m. in downtown Columbus.

On the evening of Sept. 7, 2023, a brief program will inaugurate the memorial at 5 p.m. on the West Plaza. After the ceremony, volunteers from across central Ohio will install the thousands of flags that form the memorial.

Fifty volunteers are needed to help install these 2,977 flags representing each victim of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93. The installation is planned from approximately 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Volunteers are also welcome to attend the program at 5 p.m. Additionally, a few volunteers are needed to straighten the flags Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then uninstall the display Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 12 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the installation, maintenance or de-installation may contact Dayna Jalkanen at 614-728-2697 or Please sign up by Thursday, August 31.


(COLUMBUS, OH) — The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) canceled the meeting scheduled for July 20, 2023 at the Ohio Statehouse. When the board meeting is rescheduled, the new time and date will be announced by press release and on the website,

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Image is 72 ppi. See link for larger image.
Columbus, Ohio) – Artist Bill Hinsch unveiled a painted rendering of Ohioans in Space in the Ohio Statehouse today. The image is the artist’s study for a large oil painting he will create to hang permanently in the Rotunda next year. This small version of the painting was revealed to the public in the Rotunda.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) commissioned Hinsch to paint a 9-foot by 12-foot oil painting which will be installed in the Rotunda area in 2024. The artwork will recognize the accomplishments of Ohioans in space travel and exploration.

The smaller rendering displayed today measures 30 inches by 40 inches. It shows several Ohio astronauts and their spacecrafts. The Earth, Moon and Mars are included along with an image representing the support staff who make space travel possible.

The painting pictures four of Ohio’s 25 astronauts who achieved real firsts. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth in NASA’s Mercury Friendship 7 capsule. Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Jim Lovell is the first to fly into space four times, and the first to fly to the moon twice. He was commander of the Apollo 13 mission. Judith Resnik was part of the first NASA astronaut group to include women. She was a crew member on Space Shuttles Discovery and Challenger. An image of Flight Director Gene Kranz of Toledo represents the Ohio engineers and scientists who are integral to achievements in space.

“This painting will be a stellar addition to the public art at the Ohio Statehouse,” said Laura Battocletti, Executive Director of CSRAB, “Bill Hinsch is showing the human faces of our space explorers. We are looking forward to installing the large version of this historic painting next year.”

Bill Hinsch is an artist from Hicksville, Ohio. His aviation art hangs in the Pentagon and the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton. He was the staff artist at the Toledo Blade Newspaper and Art Director of Toledo Magazine. He co-created The Learning Map for schools and corporations. Bill now lives in Perrysburg, Ohio with his wife of 42 years, and their three children live nearby.

“It’s been an absolute honor doing this painting. Although the ‘big one’ hasn’t yet commenced, I’ve already painted it night after night in my head to the point it should paint itself,” said artist Bill Hinsch, “I’ve attempted to capture the poetry of these great Ohio astronauts, their successes, their failures, their striving upward to the heavens.”

Hinsch was selected by an art committee chaired by Charles Moses, of the Capitol Square Foundation, and committee members include Aristotle Hutras, Richard Hillis, Donna Collins, Kelly Falcone-Hall, Jim Dicke, Vincent Keeran, Brad Young, Tom Katzenmeyer, Paul Thomarios, Michael Hall and Stephanie McCloud. The selection process was aided by the Ohio Arts Council.

“Bill captured Ohio’s profound history in space flight,” said Charles Moses, chair of the Capitol Square Foundation, “The painting tells the story of Ohio’s influence from the beginning of human space flight through the Shuttle Program, and looking on to Mars.”

The painting project will be funded by private donations overseen by the Capitol Square Foundation. More details are available on the Foundation website,

The final painting is projected to be installed in 2024. The last painting added to the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse was “Wilbur and Orville Wright and Their Accomplishments,” by Dwight Mutchler, unveiled in 1959. The new painting is intended to match this nine-foot by 12-foot artwork, and will be hung facing the Wright brothers picture on the opposite wall in the East stairway of the Rotunda. The permanent display will remind Ohio Statehouse visitors that brave Ohioans reach for the stars.
Photo images of the painted rendering are available at

Artist William Hinsch

WHEN: Wednesday, June 28, 2023
10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Ohio Statehouse Rotunda

WHAT: Artist William Hinsch will reveal a 30 inch by 40 inch painted rendering of his vision for a large oil painting titled, “Ohioans in Space.” The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board commissioned Hinsch to paint a 9 foot by 12 foot oil painting which will be installed permanently in the Rotunda area in 2024. The oil painting will be funded by private donations through the Capitol Square Foundation.

WHO: Charles Moses
Capitol Square Foundation

Laura Battocletti
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board


Half-staff flags
On Memorial Day, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 29, 2023.

Rifle Salute for Memorial Ceremony
As part of the Governor’s annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of Memorial Day, military aircraft will conduct a flyover of downtown Columbus and the Ohio Statehouse on Friday, May 26 at approximately 11 a.m. The aircraft are from the 121st Air Refueling Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard.

The public event will include a rifle salute at the Ohio Statehouse on the Third Street Veterans Plaza. The rifle salute is provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Since these sounds and the low flying aircraft can be startling, we wish to give advance notice to our Statehouse residents and neighbors on Capitol Square.

This event is part of honoring Ohio’s fallen heroes on Memorial Day weekend. The Governor’s Wreath Laying ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. on the Third Street side of the Ohio Statehouse and may be viewed live on
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