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CMA Presents Largest Museum Exhibition of Mobile Photography
Dec 18, 2014

For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2014

Media Contact:
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COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART
UNVEILS LARGEST MOBILE PHOTO EXHIBITION

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus (OH) Museum of Art presents #MobilePhotoNow, the largest mobile photography exhibition ever organized by a museum, February 6 March 22, 2015. #MobilePhotoNow highlights the emerging art form of mobile photography and the impact of social media and smart phones as a means of creative expression.

One of our goals at the Museum is to foster creativity, said Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMA Executive Director. #MobilePhotoNow speaks to that goal and to our commitment to innovation and our belief in the transformative power of art.

Smart phones and social media have dramatically changed photography, said Jennifer Poleon, CMA Digital Communications Manager and organizer for #MobilePhotoNow. People all over the world can experiment, create and connect thanks to the camera we carry in our pockets.

The energy generated by the Photo Hunts attracted the attention of Josh Johnson whose #jj on Instagram is one of the worlds largest and most active communities of photographers. CMA and #jj partnered throughout October to post themed photo challenges that engaged the mobile photography community. More than 5,000 photographers from 89 different countries submitted nearly 45,000 images. The resulting exhibition, co-presented by CMA and #JJ, will feature more than 300 images from nearly 230 photographers representing 40 different countries.

#MobilePhotoNow  is the next evolution in CMAs ongoing initiative to connect people to art and each other. In 2012, CMA was the first museum to present an exhibition drawn entirely from Instagram. CMA used its critically acclaimed exhibition The Radical Camera: New Yorks Photo League, 1936 1951 as the inspiration for a series of photo hunts. The prompts, based on the assignments the original Photo League artists gave one another, generated more than 800 submissions and gave life to an installation of 30 works in the Museums Community Gallery.

Related Programs

Mobile Photography Workshop
February 6, 2015 9:30 AM 12:00 PM
Join us for an exclusive workshop with Josh Johnson and Kevin Kuster of #jj community.  Learn tips and tricks that will help you grow as a photographer. Experiment with photo apps. Find out how to take better portraits and candid shots of friends, families, and models.  Get tips on how to get your photos noticed on Instagram and other mobile platforms. Then, join Josh and Kevin for a one-on-one photowalk included with the workshop. Workshop is $60 for nonmembers, $50 for CMA members. Space for this workshop is very limited. To guarantee a seat, please register early at https://members.columbusmuseum.org/mobilephotonow/

Mobile Photography Panel Discussion
February 6, 2015 2:00 PM
Join CMAs Jennifer Poleon along with Josh Johnson and Kevin Kuster for a panel discussion on mobile photography.  Cost of the program is $15 for nonmembers, and free for CMA members. To guarantee a seat, please register early at https://members.columbusmuseum.org/mobilephotonow/

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation  provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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Warhol and Paglen Join CMA Collection
Oct 31, 2014

For Immediate Release:

October 31, 2014

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COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART ACQUIRES WARHOL AND PAGLEN WORKS

 

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Art today announced the recent acquisition of two extraordinary works of art: Andy Warhols Karen Lerner and Trevor Paglens Reaper in the Sun

Its exciting to have our collection growing along with our building, said Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMA Executive Director. Weve added our first Warhol painting, which is an incredibly important moment in the development of our collection. That the painting was given in memory of Shirle Westwater and the multi-generational relationship her family has had with the Museum only magnifies the significance of this piece.

Shirle Nesbitt Westwater wasa strong supporter of the Museum, the first woman to serve on CMAs board of trustees, and one of the founders of the Museums Womens Board. Until recently, CMAs only work by Warhol was an untitled 1964 serigraph from the race riot series, itself a gift from Mrs. Westwater  and her husband, William K. Westwater. The portrait of Karen Lerner is a significant addition to the Museums holdings of Warhols Pop Art.

Warhol made fourteen silkscreen portraits of the television journalist and producer Karen Lerner. At the time, she was married to the famed lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner, creator of such musical pieces as My Fair Lady, Gigi, and Camelot. Warhols portraits are based on Polaroid photographs that were  likely taken in early 1972 with his ubiquitous Big Shot camera. Karen Lerner will be a treasured addition to our collection.

The Museum also is proud to announce The Contemporaries selection for addition to the collection, Trevor Paglens Reaper in the Sun, 2013. The Contemporaries, a CMA interest group, nurtures the awareness, appreciation, and acquisition of contemporary art and photography among both new and established collectors within our community. Guided by CMA curators, The Contemporaries purchases works for CMAs permanent collection.

"Trevor Paglen's work is both visually captivating and a reminder of government programs, like the ongoing drone war, that are largely invisible," said CMA Associate Curator Tyler Cann, "Reaper in the Sun is at once beautiful and troubling." 

Photographer Trevor Paglens work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched, ways to see and interpret the world around us. Reaper in the Sun forms one part of the artists ongoing series of photographs depicting drones controlled by the US military and Central Intelligence Agency. These images are taken from a remote vantage point at the boundaries of public access to the US installations from which these drones are based. Using high-power telephoto lenses from a distance of two to sixteen miles away, Paglen can capture a blurry close-up image of the aircraft, or he can picture them, as in this case, against the sky almost at the limit point of their visibility. In this particular image, the MQ-9 Reaper drone can be found on the lower left edge of the sun and is about the size of a mosquito. 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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IN __ WE TRUST: ART AND MONEY
Aug 28, 2014

For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2014

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 Columbus Museum of Art Presents
In __ We Trust: Art and Money

 (Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Art presents In __ We Trust: Art and Money from October 3, 2014 to March 1, 2015. In __ We Trust is a group show featuring 26 artists and collectives from diverse international backgrounds whose work addresses the nature of money and its complex relationship to art. The exhibition presents works that use currency as a material or subject, involve transactions, precious materials, alternative forms of exchange, and explore aspects of the financial economy. Anchored by select pieces from previous decades, the exhibition focuses on work made since the 2008 financial crisis.

Artists include JSG Boggs, Sarah Cain, Susan Collis, Moyra Davey, e-flux Time/Bank, Claire Fontaine, Tom Friedman, Meshac Gaba, Ryan Gander, Ori Gersht, Roger Hiorns, William E. Jones, Komar and Melamid, Gabriel Kuri, Caleb Larsen, Shane Mecklenburger, Cildo Meireles, Ester Partegas, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Reena Spaulings, Superflex, Mark Wagner, Nari Ward, Andy Warhol and Robert Wechsler. Money is a simple fact of everyday life, as well as fundamental to our social, political and economic order. Together, these artists explore issues of representation, value and exchange that have both personal and global impact.

The Museum has an important focus on art that explores social issues, and money has a more central place in our society, and our art, than ever before, said CMA Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes. This show helps us consider the values, symbols and relationships that circulate along with our money.

In __ We Trust: Art and Money is CMAs first major thematic exhibition organized by Tyler Cann, the Museums associate curator of contemporary art. Although we tend to think of money as inherently valuable, its value is a convention that depends on collective states of mind like trust and confidence, Cann says Like money, art requires some shared belief in its potential to hold meaning.                                                           

Artist Videos


Mark Wagner 


Susan Collis


Meshac Gaba


Tom Friedman


The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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CMA HONORS ARTISTS’S LEGACY
Jul 14, 2014

For Immediate Release:
July 14, 2014
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CMA HONORS ARTISTSS LEGACY
Paul Bourguignon: A Fiftieth Anniversary Retrospective

(Columbus, OH) - In 1964, the Columbus Museum of Art held an exhibition of the work of Belgian-born Columbus artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon. Fifty years later CMA celebrates the work of this talented visual artist with  Paul Bourguignon: A Fiftieth Anniversary Retrospective on view October 17, 2014 January 18, 2015. Bourguignon was a prolific writer and journalist, a skillful photographer, and an avid observer of the human condition. His widely collected works are found in American museums, and in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Columbus Museum of Art. One critic noted, "When Bourguignon concentrates on faces, the pathos of the human condition stands out."

Looking at Pauls work as a whole one can see the artist recognizing and digesting the dominant European art trends of the largely mid-twentieth century, never copying but rather working in or through styles similar to Édouard Vuillard, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault, Amedeo Modigliani and perhaps even El Greco, said Dominique H. Vasseur, Chief Curator, Columbus Museum of Art. His early figurative style loses its fussiness and detail and become simple and bold, oftentimes colorful and others, quietly monochromatic.

Bourguignon began his arts studies in Brussels' Académie des Beaux Arts and then studied art history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His first solo exhibition was at the Galérie d'Egmont in Brussels at age 22.  He met his wife, Erika, in Haiti and they settled in Columbus, Ohio in 1950 after she joined the faculty of The Ohio State University. 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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CMA AND PIZZUTI COLLECTION PARTNER TO PRESENT ORI GERSHT
Jun 26, 2014

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June 26, 2014

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CMA Presents Ori Gersht

(Columbus, OH) - In its first partnership with the Pizzuti Collection, the Columbus Museum of Art presents an installation of work by acclaimed artist Ori Gersht. Ori Gersht: Still Life will be on view at CMA August 29, 2014 January 4, 2015. Born in Israel and based in London, Gersht has created a body of photographic and video work that combines exquisite beauty with memories of violence and historical trauma. Recalling romantic landscapes and eighteenth-century still life paintings,  the work is rich with art-historical allusions, but also suggests ongoing political conflicts. 

Im very excited that this inaugural partnership between Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection is such a meaningful collaboration, said CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. Ron has been part of our Museum family for years and has always been a huge supporter of the arts community in Columbus. Its been incredible to watch the launch of the Pizzuti Collection and Im looking forward to our ongoing partnership.

Ori Gershts work in photography and video combines exquisite beauty with violence and historical trauma, said Tyler Cann, CMAs Associate Curator Contemporary Art . It is deeply emotional, poetic, and yet, somehow, unsentimental. Thats an astonishing feat, and we are delighted to present this complex and engaging work.

Ori Gersht is presented in collaboration with the Pizzuti Collection, and draws primarily from its holdings of the artists work. Concurrent with this exhibition, the Pizzuti Collection will also be showing a film series, Ori Gersht: Portraits. This exhibition will feature successive presentations of three forceful video portraits, each connecting moments of quiet contemplation with violent histories and anguished realties.   

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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Calling All LEGO ® Artists
Jun 25, 2014

For Immediate Release:

June 25, 2014

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(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Art is challenging LEGO ® artists of all ages to help imagine a new Columbus. CMAs third annual LEGO ® Design Challenge is a design competition that promotes the creative use of LEGO® bricks. In The LEGO Movie, the characters explore a wild variety of imaginary worlds made of LEGO ® bricks. CMA invites you to reimagine our city by constructing the building, structure or mode of transportation you think Columbus needs.

Anyone is eligible to participate in the 2014 LEGO ® Design Challenge, but all finalists must be able to transport their designs to and from CMA on the designated dates. For more information or to enter, visit www.columbusmuseum.org/lego-contest. Deadline for entries is October 17th, 2014.

Finalists work will be displayed at the Museum November 21, 2014 January 18, 2015 in conjunction with CMAs annual Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO exhibition. Museum visitors will vote to select the Grand Prize Winners who will each receive a $200 Amazon gift card.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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Connector Series Explores Creativity at CMA
May 15, 2014

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May 15, 2014

 

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Connector Series Explores Creativity at CMA

(Columbus, OH) Every month, the Columbus Museum of Arts Center for Creativity partners with some of the most provocative creative people in our community to present intriguing, memorable experiences for visitors. Come for unexpected encounters with local artists and performers, creative exploration, and fun.

"We want to engage visitors in the creative process," said Jeff Sims, Creative Producer, Columbus Museum of Art. "By collaborating with local artists and other creative people, we connect visitors to the amazing creative talent we have here in central Ohio. We highlight the innovative work being done by artists, musicians, comedians, dancers, hackers, scientists, and all kinds of creative thinkers, and push the boundaries of what kind of experiences you can expect from a CMA visit."

Previous Connector Series events include explorations of hidden phenomena in the museum, creating a music video with Columbus indie rock band Connections, and playing early 20th-century parlor games with comedian Zachariah Baird.

Upcoming Connector Series:

Connector 17
Saturday, July 12, 1:00-4:00 PM

Where do museums get their authority to decide which artwork is important enough to preserve and display? Why do ancient works of classical art maintain their power and status? Visitors are invited to think and talk about these issues in a pop-up exhibition curated by artist Jordan Tate, a professor of art at University of Cincinnati.

Connector 18
Saturday, August 9, 1:00-4:00 PM

Fuse Factory is an art and technology not-for-profit initiative and hands-on art and tech lab. Their programs introduce new media art, experimental sound art, and high and low technologies to the general public. For this event, visitors are invited to experiment with LED lights and play a game in the museum galleries.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART CELEBRATES LOCAL ARTISTS
May 12, 2014

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May 12, 2014

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ColumbusMuseumof Art Celebrates Local Artists
Exhibition showcases works by recipients of the 2013 Greater Columbus Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards and Dresden Residencies

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Art presents The 2014 Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) Visual Arts ExhibitionJune 27 September 28, 2014. Highlighting the outstanding talent and ability of Columbus artists, the exhibition includes work by the recipients of the 2013 GCAC Individual Artist Fellowship Awards : Shannon Benine, Clara Crockett, Evan Dawson and Shane Mecklenburger.Two others, Laura Alexander and Kaveri Raina, were awarded GCAC residencies in Dresden, Germany this year.

These artists represent a diverse range of practices fostered within Columbuss artistic community. Clara Crocketts pencil drawings of human and canine figures are both sensitive and surreal, while Shannon Benine will show her compelling, somewhat mysterious photographs of Molokai, Hawaii. In his video works, Shane Mecklenberger creates weightless fields of computer-generated diamonds, while Evan Dawsons sculptural gestures begin with the material circumstances of daily life. Laura Alexander cuts intricate patterns into layered sheets of paper, and Kaveri Rainas vivid abstractions are painted with materials like turmeric, chili powder and cinnamon. Each with their own niche, together these artists demonstrate the regions vibrant artistic ecology.  

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) encourage and support cultural development in the Columbus area. In this capacity, GCAC and CMA have partnered to present the 2013 GCAC Visual Arts Exhibition.

GCACs Arts Fellowships program, established in 1986, recognizes outstanding Franklin County artists. Since the inception of the program, more than 150 artists have received awards in a variety of disciplines, including visual arts, crafts, film and video, creative writing, music composition and choreography/movement arts. GCACs program is one of the few local fellowship programs in the country.

Applicants who make it to the final round of consideration for the Visual Arts Fellowships are eligible to apply for the Dresden/Saxony Residency, a two to three month residency in Dresden, Germany.

Jurors for the 2013 awards were: Gregory Burke, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada and the future Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan; Mercedes Vicente, Darcy Lange Curator-at-Large and formerly Curator of Contemporary Art at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand; and Jennifer Yum, Vice President, Head of Sale, Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christies auction house.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts for their continued support.

About the Columbus Museum of Art: The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 17 and older with valid id; $5 for students  6 - 17; and free for members and children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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Columbus Museum of Art Invites You to Imagine! The Art of the Picturebook
Apr 30, 2014

For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2014

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Columbus Museum of Art Invites You to Imagine! The Art of the Picturebook

(Columbus, Oh) Experience the magic of storytelling in Imagine! The Art of the Picturebook  on view at the Columbus Museum of Art June 20 September 28, 2014. This exhibition explores the art of childrens picturebooks through illustrations from the collection of Carol and Guy Wolfenbarger, Columbus natives.

The original drawings, paintings, prints and collages come from well-known illustrators such as Floyd Cooper, Peter Catalanotto, Will Hillenbrand, E.B. Lewis, Barry Moser, Chris Raschka, Aminah Robinson, Maurice Sendak, and Robert Sabuda. Works of art are presented according to the stories they help to tell. Thanks to a partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library, visitors can enjoy a specially selected Pop-Up Library in the exhibition space.

Related Programs
Leonard Marcus: Why Picturebooks Matter
Thursday, June 19, 7:00 pm

Leonard Marcus, childrens picturebook historian and author is also one of the most trusted critics in the field. His incisive book reviews appeared in every issue of Parenting magazine for 21 years. He currently reviews for The New York Times Book Review, among other publications, and speaks to parents and professional groups throughout the U.S. and around the world. This program is $5 for CMA members and $10 for nonmembers. To guarantee a seat, please make a reservation early by visiting https:/members/columbusmuseum.org/imagine or by calling 614.629.0359.

Storytime in Imagine!
Saturday, June 28, 10:00 am

Join us for an interactive story hour with childrens reading specialists. This program is free with admission. To guarantee your seat, please make a reservation early by visiting https://members/columbusmuseum.org/imagine or by calling 614.629.0359.

Counting Crocodiles
Saturday, July 12, 10:00 am

Ohio author/illustrator Will Hillenbrand demonstrates the creative process he has used in writing and illustrating more than fifty picturebooks. Several examples of his work appear in Imagine! Following the program, he will be available to sign books.  Free with CMA admission. To guarantee your seat, please make a reservation early by visiting columbusmuseum.org.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 17 and older with valid id; $5 for students 6 - 17; and free for members and children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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CMA PRESENTS ACCLAIMED PRIVATE COLLECTION
Mar 17, 2014

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March 17, 2014

 

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CMA Presents Acclaimed Private Collection

(Columbus, OH) - Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection, a striking new exhibition, opens at the Columbus Museum of Art June 6. The exhibition, on view through August 31, showcases American Modernist paintings from the 1920s to the beginning of World War II, a period marked by significant change and compounded by the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

The more than sixty artists featured in Modern Dialect hail from all parts of the United States, and painted wherever they found inspiration. These artists adhere to a common interest, more than to a single style, in portraying their realities in a decidedly modern fashion. The exhibition reveals the scope of the American modernist aesthetic in the early 20th century, and the vision and integrity each artist brought to the representation of the American experience from rural landscapes to modern industrial cities (and the people who inhabit them) to purely abstracted compositions.

As compelling as the rich artistic responses to our American experiences are in this exhibition, equally intriguing to me is the unique personality that a private collection of this caliber reveals, said CMA Curator of American Art M. Melissa Wolfe.

Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Modern Dialect highlights works by some of the most respected American artists of the early twentieth century including Charles Burchfield, George Ault, Charles Sheeler, Marsden Hartley, and George Bellows, as well as re-introducing such fascinating artists as Clyde Singer, Lois Mabel Head, Arthur Osver, and many others.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 132-page, hardcover catalogue that features full-color reproductions of the featured works; each painting is accompanied by a catalogue entry written by Julie Pierotti, the exhibitions curator, Dixon Director Kevin Sharp, and M. Melissa Wolfe.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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Discover the Art of Matrimony at Columbus Museum of Art
Feb 26, 2014

For Immediate Release:February 26, 2014

 

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DISCOVER THE ART OF MATRIMONY AT CMA

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Art presents The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library April 1 June 15. For more than two thousand years, the ketubbah, or Hebrew marriage contract, has been an integral part of Jewish culture. Found in the homes of married Jews, whether wealthy or poor, scholar or layman, in the West or in the East, ketubbot provide a wealth of information concerning the artistic creativity, cultural interactions and social history of the Jewish communities in which they were created. As testimonies to the sacredness of marriage, works of art, and repositories of Jewish history, these magnificent treasures offer insights and delights in equal measure.

Art of Matrimony features diverse ketubbot dating from the twelfth through the twenty-first centuries. Thirty ketubbot are from the world-renown collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and one is a recent gift to the Columbus Museum of Art of a nineteenth-century Iranian ketubbah from the collection of the late Robert N. Shamansky.

Art of Matrimony and related programs are funded in part by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community and the Pauline and Raymond Kahn Jewish Arts Endowments of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Related Programs

#CMAketubbah

Join CMAs online gallery of ketubbot by uploading a photo of your decorated marriage contract to Instagram and tagging it #CMAketubbah. You can visit the online gallery on the CMA website, www.ColumbusMuseum.org

The Art of Matrimony

Sunday, March 30, 4:00 pm

Join Sharon Liberman Mintz, Curator of Jewish Art at JTS, as she highlights the ornate decoration and fascinating stories in the exhibition. This program is presented in collaboration with the Melton Center of Jewish Studies at OSU. Tickets are $8 for CMA members, seniors and students, and $10 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets at CMA or online at http:/members.columbusmuseum.org/mintz

I do Contemporary Jewish Marriage Contracts and Hebrew Calligraphy Demonstration

Sunday, April 6, 2:00 2:45 pm and 3:00 3:45 pm

Join Columbus artist Pamela Feldman-Hill for an informal discussion of Jewish marriage contracts that she and other artists have created for contemporary couples. Feldman-Hill will also demonstrate the art of Hebrew calligraphy. Visitors can take home bookmarks with their name written in Hebrew. This program is free, no registration requested.

Customs and Contracts: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives

Thursday, May 15, 7:00 pm

Learn about the dos and donts of saying I Do in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim weddings at our panel discussion with Rabbi Harold Berman of Congregation Tifereth Israel, Dr. Azeez Haque of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, Rabbi Sharon Mars of Congregation Temple Israel, Rector Richard A. Burnett of Trinity Episcopal Church, and Rabbi Howard Zack of Congregation Torah Emet. Free with admission and to guarantee a seat, please make a reservation at http://members.columbusmuseum.org/IDo

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART’S WOMEN’S BOARD AUXILIARY INVITES YOU TO DART FOR ART
Jan 23, 2014

For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2014

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
nancy.colvin@cmaohio.org

Are you feeling lucky?
COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ARTS WOMENS BOARD AUXILIARY INVITES YOU TO DART FOR ART

(Columbus, OH) Join the Columbus Museum of Arts Womens Board Auxiliary for Dart for Art Saturday, March 8 at 6:00 pm in the Hollywood Casino Ballroom. Guests will enjoy an evening of fun, food and drink and a chance to win original art donated by established and emerging artists.

Tickets start at $125 which includes one admission and one dart. A lucky spin of the wheel at our version of darts could win your choice of art! Additional darts can be purchased for $25 each.  Additional darts can be purchased for $25 each or 5 for $100. Each dart is worth one chance to win art. No skill is required but you must be present to win. Jackpot darts are available for $350 and are guaranteed to win a piece of art.

Visit http://www.ColumbusMuseum.org/dartforart/ to preview the art, read about the artists, learn how to play the game and purchase tickets to this fun-filled evening of fine art paired with fabulous food and libations.

 All proceeds benefit the Columbus Museum of Art.

About the Columbus Museum of Art Womens Board

The Columbus Museum of Art Womens Board is an organization of women committed to promoting the mission of the Columbus Museum of Art.  Womens Board members support CMA by organizing fundraisers, volunteering at the Museum and by serving as Museum ambassadors.  In addition, Womens Board members gather for social opportunities connected to art and the mission of the Columbus Museum of Art.

About the Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.ColumbusMuseum.org.

 

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COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART AND THURBER HOUSE ANNOUNCE WINNER OF GRAPHIC NOVELIST RESIDENCY
Jan 22, 2014

For Immediate Release:

January 22, 2014

 

Media Contact:

Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

           nancy.colvin@cmaohio.org

 

Columbus Museum of Art AND THURBER HOUSE

Announce winner of graphic novelist residency

 

(Columbus, OH) - The Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House are pleased to announce Lilli Carré as the winner of the third annual Graphic Novelist Residency. The three-week residency is designed to provide a graphic artist/writer with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress and exhibit their work at CMA.  Carré will receive a stipend and housing in the two-bedroom apartment located in the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber.

 

Lilli Carré was born in 1983 and currently lives and works in Chicago. She works in a variety of media including animation, illustration, and comics. Her animated films have been screened in festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, and she co-founded the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. Her most recent work in comics is Heads or Tails, a short story collection published by Fantagraphics. Appearing in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, Carrés beautifully-designed and appealing work has gained critical and popular acclaim.

 

Related Programming:

 

At Thurber House:

Young Writers' Studio

Tuesday, March 18, 6:00-8:00 pm

Led by Lilli Carré. Visit thurberhouse.org for more information

 

At CMA:

2014 Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition

On view March 14 June 8

This exhibition showcases the variety of Lilli Carré's creative practice and includes art works in several media.

 

Art Lab visiting artist

Wednesday, March 19

Lilli Carré will meet with the high school interns enrolled in CMA's Art Lab program.

 

Artists Talk and Interview

Sunday, March 30, 2:00 pm

Lilli Carré speaks about her creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. Free with museum admission.

 

About the Columbus Museum of Art: The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

About Thurber House: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House opened its doors in 1984 as a non-profit literary center and museum located in the former home of author, and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber.  Our mission is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience, and to continue the legacy of James Thurber.  Thurber House is proud to be in a city and a state that provides generous support to the arts. For additional information, please visit www.ThurberHouse.org.

 

 

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Columbus Museum of Art Celebrates Toulouse-Lautrec and La Belle Époque
Jan 9, 2014

For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2013

 

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

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Columbus Museum of Art Celebrates

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Belle Époque

 

(Columbus, OH) -  The Columbus Museum of Art brings Toulouse-Lautrecs Paris to lifeFebruary 7 - May 18, 2014. Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 1910 invites visitors to explore the nightlife of cabaret theaters, elaborate circus performances and intimate café concerts that helped to define Paris as an iconic modern city.

The exhibition focuses on the intoxicating gathering of artists, writers, performers, and musicians in Montmartre, where everyone from Toulouse-Lautrec, who were living and working at the center of the artistic and cultural scene of Paris at the turn of the last century, or La Belle Époque. As CMA curator Dominique H. Vasseur notes, Paris was a breeding ground for artistic and literary movements that challenged the establishment and sought to come to terms with a complex society that was changing, becoming wealthier and ever eager for entertainment as well as new, modern experiences. 

Drawn from prestigious private and public collections, the artworks in this exhibition were made by a generation of artists who battled against the formality of Academic art standards, rebelling even against the styles of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism espoused by artists like Georges Seurat, Paul Gaugin, and Vincent Van Gogh. In addition to paintings and posters by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Mary Cassatt, Paul César Helleu, Juan Gris, and Pierre Bonnard, special attention is given to small groups of artists the Naturalists, the Symbolists, the Incohérents, and the Nabiswho offered new visions for life and society during this era that has been popularly coined the fin de siècle or Belle Époque. 

The exhibition includes more than 185 objects, ranging from paintings, watercolors, drawings and posters, to rare cabaret shadow puppets, illustrated theater programs, and archival and ephemera materials from Parisian theaters, circuses, and concerts.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. His Excellency Franois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States of America is Honorary Patron of the exhibition. Sponsored by the Friends of Toulouse-Lautrec, with lead gifts by Steve and Holly Wittmann. Ohio Magazine is the media sponsor for the exhibition.

Related Programs:

Looking for something fun and interesting to do on wintery afternoons?

Join us on a succession of Wednesdays at 2:00 pm in the Cardinal Health Auditorium for a series of discussions, collaborative performances, and presentations about and around our current special exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 1900.  Dates for these presentations are:

February 19 - Music of Belle Époque Paris, presented by Justin Johnston and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

March 5 Literature of the period, presented by Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMA Executive Director, and Susanne Jaffe, Thurber House

March 19 Fashion of the Belle Époque, by Jean Druesedow, Director, Kent State University Museum and former Associate Curator, Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

April 2 Dance in the Belle Époque, presented by Karen Eliot, Professor, Department of Dance, The Ohio State University

Free with Museum admission. Wednesdays @ 2 pm series is sponsored by the Columbus Museum of Art Docent Alums.

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

CMAs entrance has been moved to accommodate the construction of the Museums new wing. Visitors will now enter the building through the doors located in the West Garden, just off of 9th Street. The Museum parking lot located off of Gay Street is open and parking is free for CMA guests.

 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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CMA Presents MATTHEW BRANDT Sticky/Dusty/Wet
Oct 21, 2013

For Immediate Release:

September 20, 2013

 

Media Contact:

Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

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CMA Presents

MATTHEW BRANDT Sticky/Dusty/Wet

 

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Art presents the first one-person museum exhibition of Matthew Brandt, a Los Angeles-based photographer recently named one of The Top 30 Under 30 in Art and Design by Forbes. The exhibition is on view at CMA November 15, 2013 March 9, 2014.

 

Brandt has been the focus of steady critical attention for his bold, often playful experiments with obsolete processes into which he embeds unexpected elements from the real world bubblegum, Jell-O, honeybees, dust, and water.  In bringing such materials into his practice Brandt pushes the mediums  boundaries and suggests an expanded visual lexicon.

 

MATTHEW BRANDT Sticky/Dusty/Wet comprises eighteen works, some as large as 9 x 6 feet and made as recently as 2013, from a number of series including Lakes and Reservoirs, Honeybees, Taste Tests in Color, and Dust

 

Its exciting to have the opportunity to introduce such a dynamic artist to the Columbus community, said Catherine Evans, CMAs William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography. Matthews work epitomizes creativity, the core of any artistic process and the cornerstone of what we champion  here at the Museum.

 

Brandt received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2004 and MFA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2008.

 

Brandt's work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of

Art (LACMA), Bidwell Projects (Ohio), the Elton John Collection, Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio), Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts(Virginia), among others.

 

Lead sponsors for the exhibition are Peggy Mativi and Donald W. Dick.

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

CMAs entrance has been moved to accommodate the construction of the Museums new wing. Visitors will now enter the building through the doors located in the West Garden, just off of 9th Street. The Museum parking lot located off of Gay Street is open and parking is free for CMA guests.

 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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CMA Presents Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of Lego (R)
Sep 30, 2013

For Immediate Release:

September 30, 2013

 

Media Contact:

Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

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The Columbus Museum of Art Presents

Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO®

(Columbus, OH) The holiday season brings the second annual celebration of the creative potential of LEGO® brand building blocks at the Columbus Museum of Art. Organized by CMAs Center for Creativity, Think Outside the Brick will be on view November 8, 2013 February 16, 2014. The exhibition features local, national, and international artists whose innovative works expand the possibilities of the beloved building block toy.  

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a large-scale sculpture by Sean Kenney titled Bicycle Triumphs Traffic. "One morning as I was riding my bike from my home in Midtown Manhattan to my LEGO studio, I noticed that all the cars on the road were completely clogged in traffic... In both directions, as far as I could see, traffic was just slogging along, and as I quietly, smoothly zipped past everyone in the bike lane, I realized, "I love riding my bike, because it doesn't get stuck in traffic!" And I immediately had the vision for this sculpture: A life-size bicycle, towering over a clogged up crazy traffic jam built by kids, said Kenney.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include Mike Doyle from New Jersey, Cole Blaq from Germany, Jason Freeney from Los Angeles., Tim Goddard from England, and  Paul Janssen from Columbus.  The exhibition will also feature LEGO animations by Annette Jung from Germany and Mark Weaver from New York.

Related Programs

Imagine The Possibilities

What can you make with an assortment of all-white LEGO® bricks? Build your creation and share it with others on the walls of the Center for Creativity.

 

Dispatchworks

Saturday, November 9, 1:00-4:00 pm

Bring your friends and family for an afternoon of repairing damaged buildings in the city using LEGO® bricks. Artist Jan Vormann says he developed the Dispatchwork concept as a way to seal fissures in broken walls worldwide, and to add color to the city. The artist has invited anyone in any place to participate in the project.

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

CMAs entrance has been moved to accommodate the construction of the Museums new wing. Visitors will now enter the building through the doors located in the West Garden, just off of 9th Street. The Museum parking lot located off of Gay Street is open and parking is free for CMA guests.

 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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CMA TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW WING
Aug 21, 2013

 

For Immediate Release:

July 9, 2013

 

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Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

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CMA TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW WING

 

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Arts Board of Trustees unanimously voted last night in favor of beginning construction of the Museums new wing. The project will kick off with a community celebration and ground breaking  ceremony on August 22. Construction of the new wing marks the third and final phase of the Museums Art Matters renovation and expansion project.

 

The past several years at the Museum have been marked by exciting growth and tangible change, said Jay Vorys, President, CMA Board of Trustees. After an extended period of thoughtful study and deliberation, the Board of Trustees were united in authorizing the commencement of construction of the new building. The Board believes that the decision is a significant milestone in the rich history of CMA and an important development for our city, county and region.

 

This is an incredibly powerful moment for the Museum, said Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMAs Executive Director. The new wing will allow us to better serve our community, but more importantly, it is a reflection of the importance Columbus and the Franklin County community places on the arts.

 

The $37.6 million project encompasses major renovations to the Ross Wing and lobby area the Museum added in 1974 and the construction of a new wing. These changes will result in a unique meeting and special event complex, as well as new Gallery spaces to showcase the Museums permanent collection and expanded space for high-profile traveling exhibitions.

 

Columbus-based architecture firm DesignGroup led by award-winning architect Michael Bongiorno, a graduate of the prestigious Pratt Institute School of Architecture, is spearheading the project. Recognized for the talent, experience, and innovation applied to successful local and regional urban projects, Bongiorno specializes in the design of civic facilities, cultural destinations, and residential mixed-use communities. His recent projects include the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, the Columbus West Family Health Center, and Goodwill Columbus Headquarters.

Also committed to the project is Corna Kokosing Construction Company. A partner on the previous two phases of the CMAs construction, Corna has long been a part of the Museum family and the Columbus community. It has a long history of being a loyal supporter of the arts and Mark Corna, president, has personally been a vital member of the Columbus arts community for many years. Corna is committed to improving their industry, community, and the environment. Not only have they constructed or renewed many of the landmark buildings in the area, but also they have become active participants in many charitable and cultural events that mark the fabric of our city.

The first phase of the capital portion of CMAs Art Matters endowment and capital campaign was the renovation and repurposing of Beaton Hall. The building now houses 85 percent of the Museum staff, thereby expanding public space in the Museum. The project was completed in September, 2009, on time and on budget.

The second phase was the renovation of the Museums historic Broad Street building, now named the Elizabeth M. and Richard M. Ross Building, which was unveiled to the public January 1, 2011. The project, which was also completed on time and on budget, included: the transformation Derby Court by raising the floor to improve accessibility, installing a luminous skylight, and improving acoustics; reimagining the entire first floor as a Center for Creativity; renovating, installing new seating, and improving acoustics in the auditorium; and performing upgrades to make the building more accessible for all visitors.

In June, 2012, the Columbus Museum of Art, in partnership with the City of Columbus and Columbus Recreation and Parks, opened its new West Garden. The garden, designed by MSI Design, an award-winning planning, urban design, landscape architecture and entertainment design firm with offices in Ohio, Florida and California, is a gateway entry experience to the Museum and includes an ADA accessible walkway from the street to the entrance.  The garden will provide a safe drop-off point for school and group tours and will be the sole ADA accessible entrance to the Museum during the renovation of the Museums 1970s addition and construction of its new wing. The garden is free and accessible to the general public during regular Museum hours.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 11:00 am 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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FROM SCANDALOUS BOXERS TO SOCIETY LADIES CMA PRESENTS GEORGE BELLOWS AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Jun 19, 2013

For Immediate Release:

June 19, 2013

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CMA PRESENTS George Bellows and the American Experience

 

(Columbus, OH) - The Columbus Museum of Art celebrates one of the citys best loved native sons with George Bellows and the American Experience, on view August 23, 2013 January 4, 2014. The exhibition highlights the importance of CMAs Bellows collection, widely recognized as the best in the world, and showcases the artists vibrant, groundbreaking works. Bellows and the American Experience brings together more than 35 of his most stunning works from museums and private collections throughout the United States. The world of his paintings comes to life through period photographs, descriptions by his friends, thoughts from his own record book, as well as caricatures and conservation studies.

 

For the past year our Bellows paintings have traveled the world as part of a major retrospective that drew crowds to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Royal Academy in London, said CMA Curator of American Art Melissa Wolfe.  Were excited to welcome them home and to be able to celebrate the profound impact George Bellows had, and continues to have, on the art world.

 

George Wesley Bellows, one of the countrys most celebrated twentieth-century artists, is especially known for his controversial boxing images and evocative urban scenes. His career, although brief, was dazzling. An avid athlete, Bellows played shortstop for the Buckeyes before leaving Columbus in 1904 to study art in New York City. Within five years the young artist had taken the American art world by storm, winning every major award and rising from art student to acclaimed luminary.

 

He was a college dropout at twenty-two, a member of the prestigious National Academy at twenty-seven, the countrys most important lithographer at thirty-five, and tragically dead from a ruptured appendix at forty-three. In these twenty-one years of professional life, Bellows created an enormous body of work that conveyed his lively sense of humor, his seemingly effortless talent, and his political and social sensibilities. Bellows captured the essence of his subjects and delivered it to his viewers with perception, compassion, and, occasionally outrage.

 

The Museum will host an international scholarly symposium November 8 and 9 that will explore many of the issues and concerns central to the artists work.

 

George Bellows and the American Experience is supported by the Friends of Bellows and media sponsor Ohio Magazine.

 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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Columbus Museum of Art to Receive 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Apr 23, 2013

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April 23, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:

Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

                          nancy.colvin@cmaohio.org                                                                                                         

Columbus Museum of Art to Receive 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

National Award Recognizes Exceptional Contributions of Columbus Museum of Art

 

(Washington)   The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the Columbus Museum of Art of Columbus, Ohio is one of 10 recipients of this years National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nations highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The National Medal will be presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on May 8.

Columbus Museum of Art strives to redefine the art museum for the 21st century. It has earned a reputation as a model for innovative visitor engagement as well as being Central Ohios hub for social, creative, and dynamic experiences. Every exhibit includes connectors, unique participatory elements, which invite visitors to engage with art and with each other. More than 18,000 square feet of space is dedicated to imaginative experiences for visitors of all ages, and the museum has built strong program partnerships with 30 Ohio counties as well as Columbus City Schools. Columbus Museum of Art also proudly participates in the Lets Move! Museums and Gardens Initiative.

Museums and libraries serve as centers for lifelong learning and as cornerstones for our communities. Columbus Museum of Art is paving the way, linking art to education in meaningful ways, and we are proud to name Columbus Museum of Art one of this years National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners, said Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services. This years National Medal recipients demonstrate the many ways museums and libraries alike build strong communities. These institutions are educating, inspiring, and leading lifelong learning while serving as community anchors.

Columbus Museum of Art is honored to be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, said Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. We are committed to providing opportunities for people to cultivate and to discover the value of creativity in their own lives. Embracing this idea has enabled to grow as an institution and to better serve our community.

Nineteen-year-old Jeffrey Tucker, who discovered video production through the Columbus Art Museums ArtLab program and now dreams of winning an Oscar, will travel to Washington and share the impact the museum has had on his life during the May 8 celebration.

A great city deserves a great art museum, said Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman. I am proud that the City of Columbus now has both a National Medal winning library and museum.

The Columbus Museum of Art has always been one of Central Ohios jewels, said Congresswoman Joyce Beatty. By being awarded the Institute for Museum and Library Service National Medal it enhances its reputation throughout the national arts community and continues to showcases Columbus success. 

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the United States highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities, said Ohio Senator Rob Portman. I am proud that the Buckeye State can count the Columbus Museum of Art among the handful of art museums to ever have been awarded this honor.

I congratulate the Columbus Museum of Art on receiving the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, said Ohio Representative Steve Stivers. The extraordinary programs and collections at the museum are accessible to all members of the community and Columbus is incredibly lucky to have an outstanding institution like this in our area. 

This years honorees exemplify the nations great diversity of libraries and museums and include a science center, childrens museum, music museum, art museum, and public libraries and library systems, and hail from seven states.

Earlier this year, 33 institutions were announced as finalists for the National Medal, and community members were encouraged to share their stories about their experiences on the IMLS Facebook page.

Medal winners were selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. After the ceremony, StoryCorps a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans will visit Columbus Museum of Art to document stories from the community.

For a complete list of 2013 recipients and to learn more about the National Medal winners, please visit www.imls.gov/medals.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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About the Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 17 and older with valid id; $5 for students 6 - 17; and free for members and children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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20th Anniversary Decorators' Show House
Mar 15, 2013

For Immediate Release:

March 15, 2013

 

Media Contact:

Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
 

CMAs Womens Board Presents 20th Anniversary Decorators Show House

 

(Columbus, OH) Visit the Womens Board of the Columbus Museum of Arts 20th Anniversary Decorators Show House April 23 May 12. Working with more than twenty interior and landscape designers, the Womens Board transformed the home at 21 South Parkview Avenue in Bexley. This gorgeous home features a floor-to-ceiling paneled study, spacious family room, two staircases, and multiple fireplaces. Built in 1922, this home also has breathtaking outdoor spaces.

 

Decorators Show House kicks off with a fabulous 1920s themed Preview Party, Roaring into the Show House 2013, on April 20 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The party features the musical stylings of Avalon Nine, signature drinks, food inspired by the 1920s, and vintage clothing and cards. Tickets are $100 per person and $175 per couple.

 

Decorators Show House will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11:00 am 8:00 pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am 5:00 pm. It is closed on Mondays. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance at columbusmuseum.org or $20 if purchased at the door.

Please note the house is not handicap-accessible and children under eight cannot be admitted. All proceeds benefit the Columbus Museum of Art.

NEW THIS YEAR: The Dine Originals Café will open for lunch each day during the April 23 through May 12, 2013 run of Decorators Show House, and will feature food from Dine Originals members including Barcelona Restaurant, G. Michaels Bistro & Bar, and The Top Steak House.
 

Show House also includes a Gift Shop featuring one-of-a-kind gifts from various vendors in a pop-up shop format.

This 2013 Show House featured designers include Shauna Lehman Interiors, R. Sherman Design, Terri Slee Interiors, Phyllis Craver Fine Designs, Susan Matrka Interiors, Katie Hixon Interiors, Fortner Fine Living and Upholstery, Grand Design Group, Martha Poulton Interiors, Kellie Toole Interior Design, Howard Brooks Interiors, CRI/Creations, Interiorworks by Sally McDonald, Acquisitions for the Home, Blue Designs, and Fortin Ironworks.

A special thanks to the 2013 Decorators Show House SponsorsAlexanders Jewelers, itzze.com, Alliance Data, KA Menendian, Capital Style, Michael A. Foley Photography, Columbus Dispatch, Sleep Outfitters, Clear Channel Outdoors, Contracting Solutions, Top of the Table, R.G. Barry, Dispatch Home and Garden Show, Wasserstrom, Flower Galaxy, WBNS-TV, Fortner Upholstering Inc, We Get The Mold Out.com, Hawk Gallery, Zink Foodservice Group, Heidelberg Distributing Company, Dine Originals, Decker Construction, Columbus Window Cleaning, Tattletale Portable Alarm, Brandt-Roberts Galleries and Fiber-Seal.

About the Columbus Museum of Art Womens Board

The Columbus Museum of Art Womens Board is an organization of women committed to promoting the mission of the Columbus Museum of Art. Womens Board members support the Museum by organizing fundraisers, volunteering at the Museum in a variety of ways, and by serving as Museum ambassadors. In addition, Womens Board members gather for social opportunities connected to art and the mission of the Columbus Museum of Art.

 

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Visitors to the Columbus Museum of Art’s site and member of the media will find comprehensive resources to learn more about the museum and its initiatives. For more information, please contact:

Nancy Colvin
Marketing and Communications Manager
Columbus Museum of Art
614-629-0303
ncolvin@cmaohio.org

Melissa Ferguson
Director of Marketing and Communications
614-629-0306
mferguson@cmaohio.org

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