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Hearts for Art for Valentine’s Day

Hearts for Art

Get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and help spread your love of art with our HeartsforArt project, February 11-15.

o   Pick up a free felt/paper heart at the Admissions Desk
o   Place the heart on the floor in front of a work of art you love.
o   Take a picture of your heart placed next to a work you love, and post on Instagram or Twitter tagged with #heartsforart for your chance to win a Matthew Brandt catalogue and passes.

We’ll announce the winner next week on Twitter and Instagram.

Fun Fact: Four other museum crushes are playing along with us in some way:  Oakland Museum of California, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Philbrook Museum of Art, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

(Please note: Hearts and photography are permitted in all CMA galleries except Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne, and works marked with a no photography sign).

2nd Mobile Photography Exhibition Now on View

CMA Photo Hunt 2nd Exhibition

CMA continues to support the growing mobile photography community with our second CMA Photo Hunt exhibition. Last fall, CMA was the first museum in the world to present an exhibition of curated, crowdsourced photos shared using the popular photo app Instagram. Our Radical Camera exhibition served as inspiration.This time around CMA gave photographers assignments based on our Making Faces exhibition, which explores portraiture from our permanent collection. Our William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography Catherine Evans selected her favorite images and her top picks are now on view in the Community Gallery at CMA’s Center for Creativity.

Work from more than 30 mobile photographers is represented including everyone from an Instagrammer from Seattle, a former CMA Art Lab teen,  a father and daughter duo from Columbus, a math and science teacher from Toledo, an art student from Paris, a Columbus cop, commercial photographers, designers, artists, and more. The second CMA Photo Hunt exhibition will remain on view through the summer.

Read more about the inception of the Photo Hunt project in stories in The Columbus Dispatch, Art Daily, and Clic France, and Columbus Alive, and view the NBC4 story. To see a collection of all the more than 3,000 images that have been submitted since the inception of our Photo Hunts, view the CMA Photo Hunt Online Gallery.

Check the CMA blog and follow us on Instagram (columbusmuseum) for more information about new CMA Photo Hunts, and your opportunity to be selected for our next CMA Photo Hunt installation.

Questions on participating in the CMA Photo Hunts? Contact CMA Digital Communications Manager Jennifer Poleon.

Making Faces Photo Hunt Assignment 2

This next round of Photo Hunt assignments are based on Making Faces, our exhibition currently on view in the Family Gallery that explores portraits from CMA’s collection, and includes work by Diane Arbus, Roy Lichtenstein, Miro, and other noted artists. Watch for biweekly assignments here on our blog, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (Look for additional assignments November 16, 2012, November 30, 2012, December 14, 2012, and December 28, 2012).

Here is your second Making Faces Photo Hunt assignment:

  • Capture something that reflects the phrase “Funny Face”
  • Tag your work on Instagram with #CMAPhotoHunt and #FunnyFace
  • Tag by midnight Friday November 16, 2012.
  • Please note: images must be your own; while preference may be given to Ohio-based photographers, anyone in the world can participate.

Once again our Photography Curator Catherine Evans will select her favorites (based on the most creative entries, and ones that best represent the theme), and your creation could be part of the next CMA Photo Hunt installation this January 2013.

Altogether we received nearly 900 submissions from more than 100 photographers from the first round of CMA Photo Hunts. The resulting exhibition now on view through December 31, 2012 includes more three dozen photos from nearly two dozen Columbus area photographers. The installation is the first museum show in the U.S. based on the popular photo sharing app Instagram. Read more about the inception of the Photo Hunt project in stories in The Columbus Dispatch, Art Daily, and Clic France. To see a collection of all the images that have been submitted since the inception of our Photo Hunts, view the CMA Photo Hunt Online Gallery.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with for this next assignment! Happy shooting!

(Photo: Tongues Out, by Rae Russel, 1948, Columbus Museum of Art Photo League Collection)

12 for 12: James Roy Hopkins and Edna Boies

Edna Boies Hopkins Garden Flowers

In the next in our 12 for 12 series highlighting local artists for the Columbus Bicentennial, we feature James Roy Hopkins and Edna Boies.

Ohio born James Roy Hopkins (1877-1969) met his future wife Edna Boies (1872-1937) while they both were students at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.  James was primarily a painter and Edna quickly became an accomplished printmaker, fascinated with 19th century Japanese woodblock prints.  The couple married in 1904 following a two year stint James had made in Paris to study at the Académie Colarossi.  During their honeymoon, they had a protracted visit to Japan where Edna further perfected her woodblock printmaking techniques.  James and Edna settled in Paris as did many American artists of the day only to return home to Cincinnati, Ohio when World War I broke out.  James taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Edna successfully continued her career making floral woodblock prints.

The summer of 1915 was pivotal for both artists.  Edna visited artist friends who were living and working in Provincetown, Massachusetts where she began using the so-called “white line” method of making woodblock prints that was special to a small group of artists there. These prints were less laborious to produce than previous methods and their look tended to reflect the Modernist aesthetic that was becoming widespread in American art.  The Columbus Museum of Art’s recently acquired Garden Flowers is a prime example of her floral work likely made in Provincetown but in the traditional multi-block method.   James, on the other hand, visited Cumberland Falls, Kentucky, a rural resort fashionable among Cincinnati society, and was captivated by the hand-working Appalachian people who worked at the local Brunson Inn.  One character in particular, Andy Vanover—and later other members of his clan—was a frequent sitter for James’s paintings.  In subsequent summers, Edna would join James in Cumberland Falls and she too produced some marvelous woodblock prints, images of rural Appalachia that have become as highly prized and her husband’s oil paintings of similar subjects.

Edna and James both led productive and successful careers.  Edna traveled extensively between Provincetown, Paris, New York, and Columbus, where James had been appointed artist in residence at the Ohio State University.  He soon was given the position of chairman of OSU’s art department.  Although they worked in different media and styles—Edna in a Modernist style, James in an Impressionist—they valued each other’s work and maintained a loving and mutually supporting relationship throughout their lives.

(Edna Boies Hopkins, Garden Flowers, c. 1915, Color woodcut,
Museum Purchase Howald Fund)

12 for 12: Kojo Kamau Chronicles Columbus

In the next in our 12 for 12 Columbus Bicentennial series honoring Columbus artists from our permanent collection, we highlight photographer Kojo Kamau.

Throughout his life, Kojo Kamau has made major contributions to the vitality of the arts in Columbus. His photographs chronicle Columbus not only as his home, but also as a cultural, artistic, and political crossroads. For five decades, his work has detailed a changing landscape, acknowledging the troubled political and social history of African Americans, but always through a positive lens. Community, travels, portraits of artists and musicians, both local and international, and social issues are constant themes. Kojo was greatly inspired by Elijah Pierce, whom he photographed numerous times (as you can see in the above picture). In addition to his photographic work, Kojo has been an essential, avid activist and supporter of the arts. In 1979 he and his late wife, Mary Ann Williams, founded Art for Community Expression (ACE), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the work of African-American artists.

Born Robert Jones in 1939, in 1970 he changed his name to Kojo Kamau, which means “unconquerable quiet one” in Yoruba, one of the many languages spoken in West Africa. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, The Ohio State University, and the Columbus College of Art and Design to study photography. From 1964 until 1994 Kojo was the chief photographer for The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Currently he teaches photography at Columbus State Community College.

(Above: Pierce Painting a Carving in His Shop by Kojo Kamau from the Columbus Museum of Art permanent collection).

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Top 10 CMA Holiday Gifts to Spark Creativity

During the holidays, we celebrate family traditions, teaching our children about generosity, peace, and goodwill. We share with one another, giving of ourselves, of our time and of our homes. And, somewhere along the line, we still have to find time for holiday shopping. The Columbus Museum of Art Museum Store offers a wide variety of unique gift ideas for the children on your list that will not only elicit oohs and ahhs, but spark your child’s creativity.

1. Playfoam $10.95

Just squish the Playfoam up, shape it however you like, squash it back down, and start all over again.  Never dries out!

2. Pattern Play $36

Create endless freeform designs with Pattern Play wooden blocks or learn to replicate patterns using the 40 illustrated cards, included with each set.

3. My Life According to Me $14.95

A journal for girls with inspiring little questions, fun quizzes, drawing and writing ideas and plenty of blank space.

4. This is Not a Book $12.95

In this uniquely skewed look at the purpose and function of “a book,” Keri Smith offers an illustrated guide that asks readers to creatively examine all the different ways This Is Not a Book can be used.

5. Whatchamadrawit $19.95

The fast-action, fun-filled drawing game includes 110 Whatchamadrawit cards to get your creative juices flowing and a timer to get your competitive spirit going.

6. Supposing (by Alastair Reid, illustrated by Bob Gill) $15.95

First published in 1960, Supposing is a book of speculation, mischief, and paradox.

7. Fine Art Scratch and Sketch $12.99

Create your very own museum, scratching all the way.

8. Squiggles $ 7.95

This special book shows how drawing a simple spiral will let you make a lion’s mane, a beautiful flower, cotton candy, and much, much more.

9. Art-to-Go Set $19.95

A case full of colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, and markers for creative fun on the go.

10. Doodle Wire $14.95

Loop, curl, coil, and swirl soft steel wire into 16 different creations.

Don’t forget, CMA members always receive a discount in the Columbus Museum of Art Museum Store (between 10 and 15 percent). Bring in the coupon from the back of the most recent Art Speaks and receive 25% off your purchase. Also check out these CMA holiday offers for more savings and gift ideas. CMA’s Museum Store is open during regular Museum hours, Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm and Thursdays 10:00 am – 8:30 pm (Closing at 3 pm Thanksgiving and Christmas eves). For more information call 614.221.4848.