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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.

Art Madness

Introducing Art Madness, our version of March Madness for Art Lovers. To put together our bracket we selected some of our most beloved pieces from four of our strongest collections, as well as a few sleepers. It’s Photography versus Contemporary. Europeans versus the Americans. The Renaissance Region versus the Impressionism Region. Ashcan School Region versus Abstract Expressionism Region. Who will be a bracket buster? Who will come from behind and be the Cinderella of Art Madness? Who will be crowned the Art Madness champion? That’s all up to you. Each day we’ll have a new pairing on Facebook. The artwork with the most likes by the next day at noon will advance on to the next round.

Want to keep track of the winners? Download the Art Madness Bracket.

Please note: just like the NCAA Tournament, the Region a team competes in may be different. i.e. O’Keeffe is not a Renaissance painter. That’s just the region she’s competing in.


A Lady with a Parrot and a Gentleman with a Monkey
by Caspar NetscherDutch portrait artist Netscher’s work is often cited as
a perennial fan favorite among the Columbus Museum of Art permanent collection. Here he uses the penchant for symbolism to great effect: oysters as aphrodisiacs, a feather to indicate pleasure, a monkey to indicate lust.

Autumn Leaves – Lake George, N.Y.
by Georgia O’KeeffePerhaps the most famous female artist of all time, O’Keeffe is a strong contender to win the Big Dance. She changed the art world with her emphasis on color, shape, clean lines, and close-ups that fell somewhere between representation and abstraction like this painting of leaves from her summer home with her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

Sidewalk Clock, NYC
by Ida Wyman

Wyman was one of the nearly 100 female photographers of the Photo League, the pioneering documentary photo movement of the 1930s and 1940s. Here Wyman captures the movement and rhythm of the city. Analysis: really knows how to pace her game.

Three Piece Reclining Figure: Draped
by Henry Moore

England’s most famous sculptor is known for his sometimes surreal and sensuous sculptures like this iconic piece on the front lawn of the Columbus Museum of Art. Talk about tough: this art can withstand snow, sleet, and heavy winds, and may be hard to beat down the stretch.

Playing Cards and Glass of Beer
by Juan GrisSpanish painter, sculptor, compatriot of Picasso, Gris, was one of one of the founding members of the Cubism movement. Here Gris really pulls his team together with a collage-style painting constructed of real objects combined with painted ones.

Polo at Lakewood
by George BellowsColumbus homeboy Bellows, an OSU athlete and one of the preeminent artists of the Ashcan School, was known for depicting scenes of action like this one, where his slashing brushstrokes contrast with the genteel nature of the crowd. Like his Ohio State alma mater he’s likely to go far in the tournament.

Nocturne Navigator
by Alison SaarThe “Blue Lady” as this artwork is nicknamed, was commissioned by the Columbus Museum of Art as a commemoration to the Underground Railroad. It’s a powerhouse piece beloved by the Columbus community.

Coney Island
by Sid GrossmanGrossman advanced his passion for photography through the Photo League, the pioneering documentary photography movement he founded. He was often cited for his belief that photography could change the world. Grossman’s work (as well as Wyman’s) will be on display as part of our upcoming Radical Camera exhibition, which the New York Times calls “stirring.”

The Swimmer
by Yasuo KuniyoshiJapanese American Kuniyoshi takes his cue from the strong lines and low key colors of 18th- and 19th- century Japanese art. The swimmer is an allusion to bas reliefs of ancient Egypt and Assyria in which sea nymphs often swim among water plants. Will this piece swim its way to victory?

The Breakfast
by Edgar DegasMaster draftsman and Impressionist Degas explored with intensity and pleasure the potential of pastel for spontaneous, sensuous expression. This piece from our renowned Sirak Collection may be quiet and peaceful, however in the art world it remains a beloved, tough contender.

by Henri Cartier-BressonFrench photographer Bresson began as a Cubist painter, and was drawn into the circle of the French surrealists. He’s definitely a clutch player, able to capture what he calls “the decisive moment,” as in this photograph where the boys appear to be enveloped in graffiti.

A Street Called Home
by Aminah RobinsonHometown hero and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Aminah Robinson combines traditional art materials with found objects and everyday materials such as buttons, cloth, leather, twigs, shells, and music box workings. She often works on pieces she calls RagGonNons, art that often takes years to research and continues to evolve as others respond to the works. Home court advantage: Robinson.

Composition with Flames
by Jackson PollockPassionate Pollock revolutionized the art world with his Abstract Expressionist style. The man put his whole body into his painting, which eventually became known as Action Painting. Enough said.

Jill and I
by Tina BarneyConsider Barney the Harvard of the art world. Barney portrays intimate portraits of upper class family and friends like in this haunting photograph. Will Barney and her work be the Cinderella story of Art Madness?

by George TookerTooker’s paintings were often psychologically charged, haunting, and mysterious. He was known as a magic realist combining real life with fantasy. Does Tooker’s work have what it takes to go all the way?

Schokko with a Red Hat
by Alexaj JawlenskyJawlensky was a former Russian army officer turned Expressionist painter, and key member of the Blue Rider, an influential group of Russian emigrants and German artists in the early 1900s that also included Jawlensky’s compatriot Kandinsky. Schokko may just ride all the way to victory.

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.

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.

CMA Celebrates Columbus

For the Columbus Bicentennial, Columbus Museum of Art is asking the community to join 200Columbus and the Columbus Bicentennial celebration by creating your own photograph, painting, sculpture, poem, drawing, or other work inspired by the people or places in our community. Is there a landmark that signifies Columbus for you? A Columbus neighborhood that holds fond memories? An out of the way place you’d like others to discover? Has there been someone in the community who has inspired you? A moment that crystalizes what Columbus means to you?

Create your own artistic interpretation of who and what Columbus is as a city then upload a photograph of the work to our
CMA Celebrates Columbus group
on Flickr. Throughout the year, the Museum will be highlight submissions through blogs, social media channels and events to show what a vibrant, creative place Columbus is to live and work. Join the CMA Celebrates Columbus Flickr group and upload images of your work inspired by Columbus. Add any appropriate tags that might identify your work.

Need some inspiration? Check out CMA’s Columbus Views exhibition on view through May 27, 2012.

We’re looking forward to seeing your creative masterpieces.

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.

Jennifer Poleon, Digital Communications Manager

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.