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Making Faces Photo Hunt Assignment 3

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 30, 2012, December 14, 2012, and December 28, 2012).

Here is your third Making Faces CMA Photo Hunt assignment:

  • Capture something that reflects what family means to you.
  • Tag your work on Instagram with #CMAPhotoHunt and #Family
  • Tag by midnight Friday November 30, 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. (We’ll be selecting from the first few assignments in mid-December.)

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, as well as view the NBC4 story.

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.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram at columbusmuseum where we’ll also be highlighting some of our favorites. We can’t wait to see how you express yourself with this next assignment!

(Photo: Flower Girl with her Mother and Grandmother, Mundelien, Illinois, 1996, by Melissa Ann Pinney. Gift of Joanne and Richard Press, Boston).

Art Lab Teens Take Over CMA

Thirteen teens set out to change the way you experience the Columbus Museum of Art.

Art Lab is a teen internship program at the Columbus Museum of Art. Our interns from The Arts and College Preparatory Academy, Focus Learning Academy, and Columbus Alternative High School worked all year long to plan a day of events and programming that truly engaged their community.

The Art Lab teens were challenged with thinking about alternative learning environments, making everyone feel welcome in a museum and how the museum can be relevant to everyone’s lives, including teens.

Can people change how we interact with art in a museum setting? Our Art Lab teens think so. They examined the perception of teens in roles of power and responsibility, inclusiveness of museums, and what real community engagement at museums can look like.

We brought our Art Lab interns in on a recent Sunday to put their plans into action. They were on a mission to create a museum experience like none other.

Tommy found that parts of the museum seemed inaccessible so created a barrier to artwork. Latisha and Jessica included a fashion show to the museum halls. All garments were inspired by trends seen in the artwork of the museum. Aaron played live music throughout the museum. Jarred curated an exhibition with five urban artists. Jacob created a recorded sound scape for CMA’s New Materials Gallery.

It was quite the engaging Sunday! We are lucky to have our museum embrace youth as valued guests, to highlight their creative learning processes, and to embark on a future of informal learning and alternative ways of thinking about museum experiences.

What will our teen interns bring in the 2012-2013 school year? Well that is a question for a new group of teens with fresh ideas.

To be continued…

“Before Art Lab I did not feel like I had a place in the museum. I was nervous to interact with the art or engage in talking with people about art. Now I feel like those boundaries have been taken down.” – Tommy

For more information about the Art Lab teen program please contact Kristin Lantz at kristin.lantz@cmaohio.org.

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.

Kristin Lantz, School Programs Coordinator

CMA Photo Hunt Gallery

Columbus Museum of Art is proud to be a leader and champion of the growing mobile photography community in Columbus, and around the globe through the CMA Photo Hunt project, an ongoing initiative to connect mobile photographers with art and each other. In 2012 CMA was the first museum in the world to present an exhibition of curated, crowd-sourced photographs shared through Instagram. To date Columbus Museum of Art has presented five mobile photography exhibitions from more than 7,000 images submitted from mobile photographers from around the world. Be sure to watch for our next big mobile photography news on the CMA blog and Instagram.

Read more about the inception of the Photo Hunt project in stories in The Columbus Dispatch, Art Daily, and Clic France, and Columbus Alive.

Take a look at the many creative entries since CMA Photo Hunts began.

#CMAPhotoHunt via Instagram

#CMAPhotoHunt via Twitter

#CMAPhotoHunt via Flickr

A Day in the Life of Graphic Novelist Paul Hornschemeier

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Join us this Thursday April 5, 2012 for an interview with Paul Hornschemeier, Ohio State University alumnus and author of graphic novels including Mother, Come Home and the New York Times bestselling Life With Mr. Dangerous. Hornschemeier is the first recipient of a new Graphic Novelist Residency, a collaboration between Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House. The three-week residency, supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, is designed to provide a graphic artist/writer with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress.

Find out more about Hornschemeier’s creative process during the talk and interview led by comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at Ohio State University.

For the past few weeks Hornschemeier has been living in the two-bedroom apartment located in the boyhood home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber. He’s given two graphic novel workshops (one for kids and one for adults), as well as continuing to research and produce new work, including some Ohio and Columbus themed drawings.

“We are incredibly excited to be part of this new residency,” said Nannette V. Maciejunes, executive director of the Columbus Museum of Art. “It gives us the opportunity to continue the conversation about the place comic art holds in the art world as we deepen our relationship with Thurber House.”

“CMA and Thurber House share a strong commitment to outreach and education within the Columbus community,” said Susanne Jaffe, executive director of Thurber House. “Connecting the visual and written arts through this residency has been a natural partnership.”

In conjunction with his talk, we’ll be displaying a selection of Hornschemeier’s scripts, storyboards, and sketches highlighting his creative process. The 7 pm talk is free with museum admission.

Teens, Photography, & Columbus

Utilizing the power of photography to engage teens in socially relevant conversations, the Columbus Museum of Art’s Columbus In Focus program invites students from two Columbus City high schools, Linden McKinley and Marion Franklin, to examine the rich history of Columbus and document it during the Columbus Bicentennial. With these photographs, students invite you into their world as they uncover their communities past, confront today’s most pressing issues, and explore their place in their city and the world at large.

This years participants also looked to extend their reach into the community. Three students from Linden McKinley helped create QR Code plaques that are installed in locations thoughout Columbus. These plaques direct viewers to their exhibition at CMA and online resources located on this page.

To see more student work please visit the Columbus In Focus Flickr Group or check out the Columbus Underground story on the Columbus In Focus program.

The work the In Focus students created is on view at CMA May 3 – September 8, 2012. Columbus In Focus will also dovetail 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 kristin.lantz@cmaohio.org.

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

2012 Summer Art Workshops Announced

Summer Art Workshops provide playful and creative opportunities for children entering preschool through 8th grade. This year’s workshops at the Columbus Museum of Art include everything from dinosaur dioramas and Alice in Wonderland to digital design and guerrilla art.

Preschool (3 years old minimum)
Partnership with Columbus Children’s Theater
Duck, Duck, Mother Goose, July 9-13, 2012
Choose Your Own Wonderland, July 16-20, 2012

Kindergarten-1st Grade
Party Around the World,
July 9-13, 2012
Wish You Were Here,
July 16-20, 2012

2nd-3rd Grade
Land of the Lost: A Dinosaur Adventure,
June 18-22, 2012
A Perfectly Playful Puppet Performance,
July 23-27, 2012

4th-5th Grade
Craftin’ Bonanza, June 25-29, 2012
Step Right Up! July 30-August 3, 2012

Ages 8-11
Columbus Children’s Theater Workshop at CMA The Write Stuff, July 23-27, 2012

6th-8th Grade
Digital Design: Creature Feature, July 30-August 3, 2012
Top Secret: Guerrilla Art, August 6-10, 2012

See here for full summer art workshops descriptions at the Columbus Museum of Art. Please note: workshop spaces are limited, so register early.  See here for pricing, details and scholarship information. CMA members get first dibs on Summer Art Workshop classes. Registration opens to the general public March 1, 2012.

Holiday Shopping Gets a Handmade Makeover

I love the holiday season. I really do. I love the lights, the music, the decorations, the baking, the shopping, and, most of all, the Christmas tree. I know that many people (including my roommate, who has been proclaiming “Bah Humbug” for at least a month now) hate the bustle and craziness, the traffic and long lines. And, of course, one of the biggest complaints about the season is the commercialism. Somehow, the Christmas shopping season seems earlier and earlier every year, and all of the emphasis is placed on getting the best deals and the most fashionable and expensive presents.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like presents—both the giving and the receiving of them. However, I decided this year I’d like to try something other than going to the crowded mall and checking out the same stores and websites. I’m ready to give something unexpected. An obvious solution to my present conundrum is to shop (or make) handmade.

One of the things I like best about living in Columbus is its great art and craft culture. I am a crafter myself, but I mostly scrapbook and occasionally make cards, so my present creation is pretty limited (I’ve been working sporatically on a Colorado vacation scrapbook for my parents for about 3 years now). But I love to see what other artists and crafters create, and it’s so much more fun to buy unique, handmade items than it is to walk around a store where everything is made overseas via mass production and it all looks all the same. I also think it’s great that craft items now range from kitschy and fun, such as Nintendo-themed jewelry, all the way to elegant and beautiful, such as gorgeous mohair knit scarves and sweaters. The Columbus art and craft community is chock-full of presents that are personal and cool and full of soul. They are a delight to give, as well as to receive, and it’s so satisfying to actually be able to talk to and meet with (or at least email) the creator of your presents before buying them.

I may still pick up a movie or two, or perhaps a requested book, but my plan for my holiday shopping this year is to go unique and shop handmade. I even got off to a head start at Wholly Craft and the Craftin Outlaws fair last month. Should the holiday spirit really start to kick in, I may even make a thing or two (or finish that scrapbook for mom and dad).  It may just be the best holiday gift season yet!

If you, too, would like to do some of your own craft shopping, or even make some of your own gifts, you may want to check out Holiday Craftacular Spectacular at CMA on December 11. Workshops will take place all day that will allow you to create everything from polymer food charm beads to festive gift tags, plus shop from local vendors for your own handmade holiday gifts. For Craftacular Spectacular tickets click here.

Over the past 18 months, in preparation for opening CMA’s new Center for Creativity (on Jan. 1, 2011), the entire education staff immersed ourselves in research on creativity, particularly what is necessary to cultivate creativity.  Musings from the Center for Creativity is an opportunity for us to share our thoughts on this topic.  Please share your views and resources with us, as well.

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.

Dayna Jalkanen, Educator for Family Programs

Think Creative, Think Local This Holiday Season

This holiday season support local Columbus artists when you shop in our Think Creative, Think Local sections of the Columbus Museum of Art Store. Choose from a number of local handmade items such as this Heart of Ohio sketchbook ($19.95). Hand embroidered right around the corner in Hilliard, B.Radley features cross-stitched Moleskine sketchbooks to spark your creativity. The mastermind behind B.Radley, Martha, is an art major turned jewelry designer who moonlights at CMA. She adores endless hours toiling away with needle and thread to create beautiful, hand-stitched works of art. B.Radley’s sketchbooks come in several colors and stitched designs.

Also check out these beautiful recycled wool pillows by local Columbus artist Abby Feinknopf. “When I work, I design using my own color theory, as a I believe there is a magic, or a spark, that occurs when colors are combined, and when completely different textures play off each other and prove eye-catching. In my fabric illustration work I strive to create a connection between the piece and the viewer.  My wool pillows depicting a cottage, for example, might remind the viewer of a vacation spot or tickle them with the details of blooming flowers in the window boxes.  I want my pieces to hug their viewers, warm them, bring them a smile and to remind them that happiness can be obtained through a variety of color and texture combinations,” says Feinknopf.

Lawrence & Audrey Goldsmith have worked together producing fine art and fine craft work since 1976 including these beautiful glass kaleidoscopes. Audrey and Lawrence have a home studio in the Columbus and have been making kaleidoscopes since the 1980s when they were selected as gifts for each of the United States’ governors when Ohio hosted the National Governor’s Conference.  Their glass art incorporates detailed hand cut stained glass and kiln fused glass. Their handcrafted work is unique, copyrighted, and no two pieces are exactly alike.

Stop by the Museum Store to see more of their work, and work by other local Columbus artists.

Throughout the season you can also look for these special holiday offers from the Columbus Museum of Art Store. The Museum Store is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM-5:30 PM and open late on Thursday 10 AM – 8:30 PM (closing early Thanksgiving and Christmas eves at 3 PM).

Local Love: Holiday Savings at CMA

Make the most of your holiday dollars this season and support local at the CMA Museum Store. You’ll find creative gifts to please kids, family members, friends and loved ones including activity kits for kids, handmade jewelry and home decor by local artists.

Nov. 18-Dec. 4, 2011: Free Poster with any purchase. Choose from posters by your favorite artists including Monet, Matisse, Degas, Renoir, Schille, Demuth, Kirchner, Robinson, Chihuly, Nolde and more. (While supplies last. Availability by artist varies.)

Dec. 6-Dec. 18, 2011: Free gift with $30 or more purchase. Choose from a set of boxed notecards or a travel mug ($15.95 value).

Dec. 20, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012: Save on exhibition catalogues. 1 for $10; 2 for $15; 3 for $20; and 5 for $25.

Plus Columbus Museum of Art members receive a discount in the Museum Store (between 10 and 15%). Bring in the coupon from the back of the November/December Art Speaks magazine and save 25% off your holiday purchase.