Art of Concern Symposium: George Bellows Revisited

Cornfield and Harvest

Our annual symposium on American art, inspired by the Museum’s acquisition of the Philip and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930–1970, attracts top scholars from around the world. Each year the symposium focuses on a particular theme. This year in conjunction with our George Bellows and the American Experience exhibition, we focus on groundbreaking American painter George Bellows, a Columbus native. The symposium takes place November 7–9, 2013, and also includes the Keith and Nadine Pierce Annual Lecture in American Art featuring music from Bellows’ time, and our annual Cunningham lecture, Reviewing George Bellows: The Critical Response with Charles Brock, Associate Curator of American and British Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Admission to the symposium is $40 for CMA members, $80 for non-members, and free to students. Registration is not required, but is highly recommended. Art of Concern Tickets here or, call (614) 629-0359 with your credit card information.

This symposium is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Art of Concern Schedule

George and Emma Bellows: The Music in their Lives
The Keith and Nadine Pierce Annual Lecture in American Art
November 7, 7:00 PM
Pianist Leslie Amper is the featured performer for this year’s Keith and Nadine Annual Lecture in American Art. During an invigorating musical performance, Amper will offer a slice of the soundtrack to George Bellows’ era. In conjunction with CMA’s exhibition of the works of the American painter and our symposium focusing on the artist’s concerns, the performance by Amper will feature music from the first quarter of the 20th century when George Bellows was active. Selections by George Gershwin, who knew the couple, Chopin, and Charles Ives will also be featured. A conversation about music in the lives of the Bellows family and a screening of D.W. Griffiths silent film New York Hat with live accompaniment will follow the performance.

Thanks to the generosity of Keith and Nadine Pierce, this performance is free and open to the public. All are welcome and registration is requested. Please call 614.629.0359 to reserve your seat.

Friday, November 8

9:00 – 10:00    Coffee and Registration

10:00 – 10:15  Introduction
Nannette V. Maciejunes, Executive Director, Columbus Museum of Art
Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art, Columbus Museum of Art

10:15 – 10:45  Cunningham Lecture Reviewing George Bellows: The Critical Response
Charles Brock, Associate Curator of American and British Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

10:45 – 11:00  Audience Q&A

11:00 – 11:30  Canonizing George Bellows, “The Fair-Haired Boy of American Art”
Randall Griffey, Associate Curator of Modern American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

11:30 – 12:00  Audience Q&A

12:00 – 1:30    Lunch

1:30 – 2:00      Bellows – Hopper: Crossed Destiny
Didier Ottinger, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France

2:00 – 2:15      Audience Q&A

2:15 – 2:45      George Bellows’s Blues (and other Colors)
Douglas Tallack, Professor of American Studies and Vice-President (International), University of Leicester, United Kingdom

2:45 – 3:00      Audience Q&A

3:00 – 5:00      Open Discussion, George Bellows and the American Experience Galleries
Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

Saturday, November 9

9:00 – 10:00    Coffee and Registration

10:00 – 10:30  Abjection and Violence in Bellows’s Ashcan Painting
David Peters Corbett, Professor of Art History and American Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom

10:30 – 10:45  Audience Q&A

10:45 – 11:15 The Sound of Saving Souls: George Bellows, Billy Sunday, and Religious Hyperbole
Leo Mazow, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

11:15 – 11:30  Audience Q&A

11:30 – 12:00  George Bellows and the Complication of Race
Martin Berger, Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz

12:00 – 12:15  Audience Q&A

12:15 – 1:30    Lunch

1:30 – 2:00      George Bellows and Hugo Reisinger: A Study of Patronage
Suzanne Scharf, Doctoral Candidate, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

2:00 – 2:15      Audience Q&A

2:15 – 2:45      From Realism to Idealism: Bellows Goes to War
David Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 2:45 – 3:00      Audience Q&A

3:00 – 3:30      Fraternal Hazing and other Violent Rituals
John Fagg, Professor of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

3:30 – 3:45      Audience Q&A

3:45 – 4:00      Closing Remarks
Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art, Columbus Museum of Art

Can’t make the symposium? Watch it live here starting at 10 AM November 8 and November 9.

Speaker Biographies:

Leslie Amper studied at Oberlin College and with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory. Currently, she teaches at Wheaton College, New England Conservatory Preparatory and Longy School of Music of Bard College. A winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship Grant, Ms. Amper has been invited to perform on Monadnock Music’s Virtuoso Piano Series, Emmanuel Music solo and chamber music celebrations of Schumann, Beethoven, and Harbison, Pittsburgh Symphony Concerts at the Point, Friday Musicale of Jacksonville, Florida, New Hampshire Music Festival, Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation Concerts, as well as in London, England, Strada Italy, and Modling Austria. A member of the Jubilee Trio and the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble, she has recorded for Brave and Neuma Records; her recording of Andrew Imbrie’s Short Story was selected for the international radio broadcast “Art of the States.” Ms. Amper toured the United States with her lecture/piano recital related the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Exhibition 1934: A New Deal for Artists. Other lecture/recitals related to art exhibitions have been presented at the National Gallery of Art (Cine-Concert in honor of George Bellows), The Phoenix Art Museum (Multiples in French Painting from David to Matisse), and The Frick Art and Historical Society (Off the Pedestal: New Women in the Art of Homer, Chase, and Sargent), and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (The Sound of Color: Debussy and the Visual Arts; Ann Allen lecturer). Leslie Amper was invited by the cutting edge theater director Peter Sellars to be an onstage pianist playing Scriabin in his American National Theater production in Washington, D.C. of Chekhovʼs A Seagull.

Martin A. Berger is professor of History of Art and Visual Culture and the founding director of the Visual Studies graduate program at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987 with a B.A. in English and Art History.  He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1995. Professor Berger has held fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, Stanford Humanities Center, and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.  He is the author of Man Made: Thomas Eakins and the Construction of Gilded Age Manhood (2000), Sight Unseen: Whiteness and American Visual Culture (2005), and Seeing through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography (2011).  His exhibition catalogue, Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle, will be published this fall.

Charles Brock is associate curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and was the organizing curator for the recent George Bellows retrospective.  For over two decades Mr. Brock has contributed to the Gallery’s national and international exhibitions of American and British art.  The list begins in the early 1990s with the major retrospectives James McNeill Whistler (seen at Tate Gallery in 1994) and Winslow Homer (1995).  From 1996 to 2002 Brock served as research associate in the National Gallery’s department of photographs where he collaborated with Sarah Greenough on the landmark exhibition Modern Art in America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries (2001).  After returning to the department of American and British paintings Brock curated Across Media in 2006, a critically acclaimed show on the early American modernist painter, photographer, and filmmaker, Charles Sheeler.  First-generation American modernists have been the primary focus of Brock’s scholarship.  In addition to his work on Bellows and Sheeler, he has contributed to numerous other publications devoted to the early American avant-garde including The Eye of Duncan Phillips: A Collection in the Making (The Phillips Collection, 1999), Twentieth-Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection (2000), A Century of Drawing: Works on Paper from Degas to LeWitt (2001), Eye Contact: Modern American Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery (2002), and American Modernism: The Shein Collection (2009).

David Peters Corbett is Professor of Art History and American Studies. He has written widely on British and American painting between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, most recently in An American Experiment: George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters (exhibition catalogue, National Gallery, London, 2011), in articles on Charles Sheeler in the Journal of American Studies (45:3) and on Frederic Church and Theodore Winthrop in The European Journal of American Culture (30:1), and, as co-editor with Dr. Sarah Monks (UEA), in Anglo-American: Artistic Relations between Britain and the US from Colonial Times to the Present, a special issue of the journal Art History (31:3). He is currently working on a book, ‘Urban Painting and the Landscape Tradition in America, 1850-1930’, which deals with the relationship between the mid-nineteenth century landscape tradition and the painting of the cities which came to form a central strand of US modernism later in the century.

John Fagg teaches in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on processes of cultural change in American literature and visual art in the decades around 1900. He is the author of On the Cusp: Stephen Crane, George Bellows and Modernism (Tuscaloosa, 2009) and recent articles on Saturday Evening Post covers for American Art and the 1930s genre painting revival in The Space Between. He is currently working on a book on early twentieth century American genre painting.

Randall R. Griffey is Associate Curator of Modern American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  He writes primarily on American painting from 1900 to 1945.  Much of his work has focused on the painter and poet Marsden Hartley.  In 2011, Griffey contributed “Reconsidering ‘The Soil’: The Stieglitz Circle, Regionalism, and Cultural Eugenics in the 1920s” to the catalogue accompanying the Brooklyn Museum’s traveling exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties.  From 2008 to 2012, Griffey served as Curator of American Art at the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts.  Prior to Amherst, he was the Associate Curator of American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

David Lubin, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, is the author of several books, including Act of Portrayal: Eakins, Sargent, James; Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America; Titanic; and Shooting Kennedy: JFK and the Culture of Images, which won the 2004 Eldredge Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum for “distinguished scholarship in American art.” Growing up in Bexley, he was a frequent visitor to the Columbus Museum of Art.

Leo Mazow, a specialist in American art and cultural history, came to the University of Arkansas in 2010 after eight years as curator of American art at the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University. Among the exhibitions and accompanying publications he organized are Taxing Visions: Financial Episodes in Late Nineteenth-Century American Art; Picturing the Banjo; Arneson and the Object; and Shallow Creek: Thomas Hart Benton and American Waterways. Dr. Mazow has published articles on Regionalism, New York Dada, and American landscape painting in such journals as Art Bulletin, American Art, and Winterthur Portfolio. His book, Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound, published in Spring 2012 by Penn State University Press, was supported by a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, administered by the College Art Association, and by a senior fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He presented a lecture on communication imagery in American art at the Musée du Louvre in February 2013. His current project is entitled Hopper’s Hotels: Edward Hopper and the Promise of American Mobility.

Dider Ottinger is the deputy director of the National Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art in Paris. He has published numerous works on artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Max Beckmann, Philip Guston, and Otto Dix. In 2005, he served as a guest curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in 2010 he was a Terra Foundation Senior Fellow.  He has organized a wide variety of exhibitions in France and overseas, and his recent retrospective on Edward Hopper at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais received great critical and popular attention.

Susanne Scharf is a doctoral candidate at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, from which she also received her M.A. in American studies and art history. She also holds a Diploma in American Studies from Smith College. From 2007 to 2009, she was assistant curator at the Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, where she helped to organize and contributed to the catalogues of the exhibitions “High Society:  American Portraits of the Gilded Age” and “Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time.” Since 2010, she has worked as an assistant professor in the Departments of English and American Studies at Hamburg University and Goethe University, Frankfurt. In 2011, she held a Terra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Douglas Tallack is Professor of American Studies and Vice-President (International) at the University of Leicester, UK.  Professor Tallack formerly held similar posts at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he was responsible for its off-shore campuses in China and Malaysia. Professor Tallack’s books are: Global Cities/Local Sites (editor); New York Sights: Visualizing Old and New New York; City Sites: Multi-Media Essays on New York and Chicago (editor); Critical Theory: A Reader (editor); The Nineteenth-Century American Short Story: Language, Form and Ideology; Twentieth-Century America; and Literary Theory at Work (editor).  He has twice won the Arthur Miller Prize for the best American Studies article of the year and co-directed the 3Cities project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. He holds honorary guest professorships at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and Shanghai International Studies University, and was the Grolier Club (New York) Fellow (2008). Professor Tallack’s public service includes membership of the UK Government’s Marshall Commission, the Advisory Board of the Observatory for Borderless Education, the UK-China Task Force, the British Council Advisory Panel on UK/US Higher Education, various joint-venture boards, as well as local school and college governing bodies.

(Above: Cornfield and Harvest by George Bellows)



Your LEGO® creation could be on display at the Columbus Museum of Art. Our 2013 LEGO® DESIGN CHALLENGE, presented by the Center for Creativity at the Columbus Museum of Art, is a design competition that promotes the creative and original use of LEGO® bricks. Design finalists will be exhibited at the Columbus Museum of Art November 8, 2013 – January 5, 2014 in conjunction with our Think Outside the Brick exhibition.  The competition is open to groups, families, teens, and kids. Click below for details on this year’s challenge.

2013 LEGO@ DESIGN CHALLENGE & Submission Details

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2013

CMA Wins IMLS National Award

IMLS Winner

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

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the Columbus Museum of Art of Columbus, Ohio is one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation’s 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 Ohio’s 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 Let’s 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 year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners,” said Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This year’s 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 Museum’s 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 Ohio’s 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.”

“The Columbus Museum of Art is one of the many reasons why Columbus is a special place to live and visit,” said Columbus City Council President Andrew J. Ginther.    “The Museum serves as a constant source of pride for our community, helping to celebrate our past and inspiring us to a more culturally diverse future.”

This year’s honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a science center, children’s 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

Mother’s Day Brunch at Columbus Museum of Art

 at Columbus Museum of Art

Treat your mom to a relaxing and inspiring day of art, food, and memories at one of the most lovely spots in Columbus during our Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12, 2013. See our Rothko exhibition (before it closes May 26, 2013) and our Czech Puppets exhibition, and dine on stuffed French toast, smoked salmon, quiche, pork loin and more from Barcelona’s Sidecar Catering. Adults: $30 members, $35 nonmembers; Kids 12 and under, $12 members, $15 nonmembers. Reservations for Mother’s Day Brunch available from 11 AM – 2:00 PM. Reserve your time now by calling 614-629-0359.

Mother’s Day Menu:
Crepe Station, Stuffed Brioche French Toast — with maple syrup, whipped cream, blueberries, and powdered sugar, Assorted Muffins, Danish, and mini Bagels with cream cheese, whipped butter, and jelly, Fresh Fruit and Cheese Display, Smoked Salmon Display, Mini Quiche — Western, Broccoli and Cheddar, and Cheese Bacon, Mixed Greens Salad, Orzo Pasta Salad, Stella Pasta (vegetarian), Roasted Herb Chicken, Tilapia, Sidecar Pork Loin with cream Savoy cabbage, Prime Rib Carving Station with Horseradish Cream, Herbed Mayonnaise, and Silver Dollar Buns, Roasted Red Skin Potatoes, Spring Vegetable Medley, O’Brian Potatoes. Specially for Kids: Mac & Cheese, and Chicken Fingers.

(Photo by Phil Chester).

PLEASE NOTE: Our Mother’s Day Brunch is now SOLD OUT.


Czech Puppets Behind the Scenes




Our Strings Attached: The Living History of Czech Puppets exhibition opens today. Thanks to our Curator Carole Genshaft, who documented the installation, you can see how the exhibition came together (from the unpacking and uncrating to putting the Czech puppets together). These rare objects are presented thanks to an international collaboration between Columbus Museum of Art, the Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague and the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University.

More than 140 puppets and set designs are included in the Czech puppets exhibition, many of the puppet designs influenced by fairy tales, literature, and art influences such as surrealism and the Bauhaus, and more.

Since the late nineteenth century, Czech artists have been fascinated by the creative possibilities of puppets. Artists in opera, ballet, dance, drama, and film— who are not originally puppeteers—have used puppets to enhance their artistic expression. The use of string puppets by contemporary artist Petr Nikl and stop-motion filmmakers Jan Švankmajer, Jiří Trnka,  and Jiří Barta (all of their work is included in the show), and many others, demonstrates the increasingly vibrant legacy of traditional Czech puppetry. These and other European artists have influenced stop-motion animated filmmakers the world over including, Americans Tim Burton and the Brothers Quay. In addition to film techniques incorporating puppetry, Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas (1993) and his latest film Frankenweenie (2012) and the Brothers Quay The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer (1984) and The Street of Crocodiles (1986) reflect the dark, gothic quality that permeates many, popular Czech puppet and stage productions. Judging from the success of contemporary Broadway productions such as The Lion King (1997), Avenue Q (2003) and Warhorse(2007), Americans are embracing puppetry just as their Czech counterparts have done for centuries.

Rothko and Red


I expect we will see a lot of red on February 14: red boxes filled with chocolates, bouquets of red roses, greeting cards splashed with red, those delightful heart-shaped gummy red candies that grocery stores only carry this time of year.

Meanwhile, inside Studio One of the Riffe Center, actors Kevin McClatchy and Tim Simeone of CATCO’s latest production will sound off on the question, “What is red?”

Mark Rothko is the subject of John Logan’s Red, the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play. The play explores the two-year span of time (1958-59) during which Rothko created the Seagram Murals, intended for the Four Seasons restaurant located in the newly built Seagram Building on Park Avenue in Manhattan. Rothko (played by McClatchy) and his fictional assistant Ken (Simeone) debate continually and heatedly about art, and its place and meaning in our lives.

We are most excited for museum- and theatre-goers alike to have this unique opportunity to view both CMA’s thrilling exhibition, Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950, and the play based on such a significant time in the artist’s life. Red plays February 13 – March 3. Visit for Red showtimes and tickets.

(Pictured above: Tim Simeone as Ken and Kevin McClatchy as Mark Rothko in CATCO’s Red)

Guest blogger, Tory Matsos, Dramaturg, CATCO’s Red

Let’s Go LEGO!

Toys are amazing. Who among us could forget our favorite childhood toy? Odds are you may event still have it in a box in the attic, or even on display in a spare room or den (my own Care Bear play set graces one of the book shelves in my basement craft room). At the very least, you probably have photos of your childhood self with the favored toy lovingly tucked under an arm. Toys— especially the great ones — have the ability to jump start imagination, inspire play, and become objects of endearment, even into adulthood.

The really great toys also have staying power—many have remained virtually unchanged over generations. Such toys tend to be high quality, open-ended, and are often deceptively simple in concept and design. The perfect example of such a toy is LEGO. Long considered one of the best building toys available, LEGO bricks come in a variety of colors and hundreds of shapes and sizes. A bucket of LEGOs contains limitless possibilities and can be used over and over again with different outcomes every time they’re dumped out onto the table or floor. They’re also timeless and loved by all ages—brick building clubs are just as popular for adults as they are for children. They inspire experimentation and critical thinking skills, and everyone from artists to engineers can relate to and appreciate their creative potential. Few toys can bring families and multi-generational groups together to play like LEGOs!

I’m very excited to be a part of CMA’s LEGO exhibition and programming, Think Outside the Brick: the Creative Art of LEGO, and our collaboration with COSI and their LEGO Castles exhibition. Between our two museums, we’ll be sharing with Columbus  some incredible LEGO creations and LEGO-inspired art. I am especially excited to be managing our first-ever LEGO building contest, “Let’s Go LEGO!” Finalists for the competition will have their work on display at CMA and will win some great prizes. The contest is open to children (ages 6-12), teens (ages 13-17), adults (18 and older) and families or groups (at least 1 adult working with at least 1 child ages 4-17).

We have three fun and interesting categories to choose from:
• Imagination (build a creation that responds to the question, “What does imagination look like?”)
• Columbus200 (build anything you like using exactly 200 LEGO pieces)
• COSI’s Castle Challenge (build a castle that defends against dragons, catapults, and battering rams).

More details and submission information for the contest can be found at on our LEGO contest page. The deadline for online submissions is October 14, so pull out your LEGOs and start building—I can’t wait to see what the Ohio brick-building community creates!

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact me at

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.

Dayna Jalkanen, Educator for Family Programs

Connecting the Community


CMA worked with three high school students from Linden McKinley High School to find a way to reach out to their community. The result was the design and manufacturing of QR Code plaques that have been installed at 15 locations throughout Columbus.

Once scanned using a downloaded app on a smartphone these QR codes direct the viewer to a blog post which highlights a photography program they participated in at CMA called Columbus In Focus. Students involved in this program also held an exhibition of their work at CMA. Stop by CMA to see their photographs through September 8, 2012.

Thank you to the amazing community locations for supporting our youth by installing these plaques.

Riffe Gallery
77 South High Street

OSU Urban Arts Space
50 West Town Street

Kaleidoscope Youth Center
1904 North High St,.

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Main Branch
96 South Grant Avenue

Focus Learning Academy
190 Southwood Avenue

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Karl Road Branch
5590 Karl Road

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Northern Lights Branch

4093 Cleveland Avenue

Columbus Metropolitan Library
South High Branch

3540 S. High Street

Fifth Third Bank
Hilliard Rome Branch

2455 Hilliard Rome Rd

Linden Mckinley High School
1320 Duxberry Avenue

Marion Franklin
1265 Koebel Road  Columbus

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Parsons Branch

845 Parsons Avenue

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Linden Branch

2223 Cleveland Avenue

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Shepard Rd. Branch

790 N. Nelson Road

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Northside Branch

1423 N. High Street

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Whetstone Branch

3909 North High Street

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Hilltop Branch

511 S. Hague Ave.

The work the In Focus students created is on view at CMA May 3 – September 8, 2012. Columbus In Focus dovetails with CMA’s Radical Camera exhibition, which highlights the work of the Photo League, the pioneering documentary photography movement of the 1930s and 1940s. For more information about the Columbus In Focus teen photography program please contact Kristin Lantz at

The Focus program is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.

Kristin Lantz, School Programs Coordinator

By Teens for Teens

“Teens need a program that will make them believe that something is possible for them.” Dyshawn – CMA Art Lab Teen Intern

You may have seen one of CMAʼs 15 member strong Art Lab Teen Collective (ALT-C) in the halls of the museum shooting scenes for video projects, asking museum patrons with help filling out questionnaires or working with visiting artists on projects in the galleries. These are the same teens that took over Columbus Museum of Art last spring with fashion shows, live entertainment, street art and other radical forms of museum engagement. See the blog post here for more information about the event.

Columbus Museum of Art is on the cusp of engaging in a transformation of how we work with, program for, engage, value, and support teens in the Columbus community. We believe that continuously developing new ways to authentically engage teens is essential to the mission of CMA and the Center for Creativity as part of our effort to become a resource hub, and catalyst for great things in our community.

How do we inspire teens? What changes do we need to make in our museum community to make teen programing even better? How do we encourage teens in our Columbus community to be involved with the CMA? These are just some of the questions we set out to explore with some insightful members of the CMA community by hosing a teen focus group.

The focus group is a dynamic and integral part of our museumʼs effort to create great new teen programming. On Thursday July 26th a few ALT-C teens gathered in the Center for Creativityʼs Innovation Lab to zero in on what CMA could do to support teens to feel connected to their community, to be eager to learn, and to feel empowered to create positive change.

Weʼll do our best to make them proud. Look as new teen programs, inspired by this teen focus group, roll out this Fall.

For more information about CMA teen programs please contact Kristin Lantz, School Programs Coordinator at or (614) 270-3501.

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.

Kristen Lantz, School Programs Coordinator