Wonderball 2024 Photo Gallery

This celebration of creativity featured a wide range of artistic experiences and collaborative performances including live music, dance, visual art, cuisine, fashion and more.

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January 25, 2025

Wonderball 2024 raised nearly $312,000! Funds raised at Wonderball support the Museum’s effort to nurture creativity and lifelong learning with inspired programming that foster play, imagination, and curiosity to encourage us all to think like an artist.

Check out tons of fun images from the unforgettable evening below! Thank you to our photographers Megan Leigh Barnard, JToland Photo, Mallory Landis Photographing, and Bishop Chilton.


Wonderball 2023 Photo Gallery

This celebration of creativity featured a wide range of artistic experiences and collaborative performances including live music, dance, visual art, cuisine, fashion and more.

Wonderball 2023 raised nearly $240,000 to support the Museum’s efforts to provide inspired and creative programs for the community all year long.

Check out tons of fun images from the unforgettable evening below!

Bringing Back Memories: A Personal Look at the Maurice Sendak Exhibition at Columbus Museum of Art

For many of us, Columbus Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak, brings back fond memories of childhood reading books such as Where The Wild Things Are and In The Night Kitchen. For Linda Mulligan Alfano, the memories the exhibition brought back were more than just reading Maurice Sendak’s beloved books.

Read her story below:

My husband and daughter had the privilege of visiting the Museum recently. When they saw the Sendak exhibit, they were happy to relive some of their favorite memories of his books. Little did I know, there was a poster for Cunning Little Vixen an opera that Maurice Sendak did the production design for. I was in that production when I was 8 years old as a Caterpillar in 1981.

Growing up in Wayne, NJ, I was enrolled in a local gymnastics program called AcroPats. Our instructor, Ms. Pat, was an ex-Rockette and still had many connections in the New York City theater scene. When Hansel & Gretel was set to take the stage at The Metropolitan Opera House, Ms. Pat was asked to help fill the roles of all the forest animals. For four years, I participated in rehearsals and performances as a Squirrel, and it was so much fun. All the acrobats were all in elementary and middle school and loved getting pulled out of class to go to rehearsals and performances. We even got paid a very minimal amount, but it was still exciting to be “working actors.” Our parents would drop us off at the high school and we would take buses into the city. We knew all the songs and would sit in the dressing room listening and performing along until it was our turn to take the stage.

Then, Ms. Pat was asked to find three girls who could be cast in The Cunning Little Vixen. I was tiny and very flexible back then, and I won the part of the Caterpillar. I had to inch along the ground and the costume was skin-tight, with hours of face paint done too. We performed at Lincoln Center and then were told the show was going to L.A.! I was 8 or 9 at the time and had only ever been on a plane once before. When we got there, it was amazing. We stayed at a nice hotel (or so this 8-year-old thought) with a pool! I even complained to the L.A. director about the smoke in one of the scenes as it was making me cough. The smoke was eliminated from the scene. It would become an AcroPats story for years.

All of these memories are so dear to me, and when my husband sent me a text of the Maurice Sendak exhibition poster, I squealed with excitement at my desk at work in New Jersey. I highly recommend visiting Columbus Museum of Art to see this wonderful exhibition and relive your own memories of Sendak’s beloved books.

4 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month 2023 at CMA

Celebrating the work of Black artists is not simply for a month, but a lifetime. While we will continue to uplift Black art and creativity all year long, here’s a list of programming celebrating this year’s Black History Month along with opportunities to reconnect with Black artists on view now in our permanent collection.

1. Film Screening and Community Discussion: Still Waters Never Crash
February 2, 5:30–8:00 PM

Attend a film screening for “Still Waters Never Crash,” a riveting story that follows Dr. Sharrica Miller as she visits motels she used to call home and reflects on her first foster care placement at the age of five.

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2. Pop-up Performance by the Columbus Cultural Orchestra
February 12, 2–3:30 PM

Join us for a free performance by the Columbus Cultural Orchestra. This small chamber ensemble will showcase a diverse range of music, including jazz, hip hop, R&B standards, and classical infusions.

3. Family Book Event: You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce!
February 25, 11:00 AM–2:00 PM

Celebrate the life and work of beloved Columbus artist Elijah Pierce at an event highlighting a new children’s book. Written by local authors Chiquita Mullens Lee and Carmella Van Vleet, this drop-in program features a live reading, author meet-and-greet and a fun woodblock printing activity.

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Dean L. Mitchell, No Way Out, c. 2003. Oil on canvas. Gift of Kathryn Flynn

4. Reconnect with our Permanent Collection

Our permanent collection is home to hundreds of works by Black artists. Discover 10 artists whose work is currently on display including Benny Andrews (Gallery 1), William Hawkins (Gallery 2), Jacob Lawrence (Gallery 1 & 4), Dean Mitchell (Upper Atrium), Elijah Pierce (Gallery 4 & Wonder Room), Aminah Robinson (Center for Creativity), Hughie Lee Smith (Gallery 1), and Wyze (Big Idea Gallery).

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Blog image: Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, To Be A Drum [Daddy Wes, Mat, and Martha Lying in the Grass], 1998, Mixed media. Gift of the Artist

Museum Store 2022 Gift Guide

Shop the Museum Store to check off all your holiday gift lists!

These are just a sampling of all the wonderful ideas we have for the holidays. This year you will find lots of Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are items in addition to our usual selection of creative goods that feature good design. Our holiday décor, cards and calendars are in stock and ready to get your festivities started!

The Museum Store will be open normal hours for in person shopping – you can always call us if you need assistance over the phone with gift ideas – (614) 629-0314. We are happy to ship gifts to you. Gift wrap and parking are always FREE when you shop. Our Museum Members always get 10% off their Museum Store purchases, and during the month of December they get 20% off!

Zafferano – Cordless Lamps
These Zafferano cordless lamps were recently described in The New York Times as, “The Lamp That’s Taking Over New York”. These lamps are small, but powerful, and we have them available in an assortment of colors and styles including the Pina Pro ($195), and the Poldina Pro Micro ($150).

Cookbooks make great gifts, and the museum store has a great selection of them, including new titles from Chrissy Teigen, Ina Garten, and Yotam Ottolenghi.
Prices – $16 – $40+

54 Celsius Candles
Check out our variety of uniquely creative candles by 54 Celsius, including scented candles, candlesticks and Pyro Pets, which have a hidden skeleton that will emerge as the wax melts away!
Prices – $32.95 – $49.95

Dragon Books by Mindy Galik
Dragon Books implores the ancient Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi, simply meaning: The beauty of things imperfect and incomplete. These Journals are handmade by a long time CMA staff member with 100% archival materials.
Prices – Small – $25, Medium – $45, Large – $85

Gilbert Jewelry
These Friendly Jewels are handmade by a local best friend duo, with sterling silver or 14k gold filled brass. Check out our selection of bracelets, necklaces, and rings, guaranteed to put a smile on your face, or at least on your finger!
Prices – $50 – $130

Apostrophe Puzzles – Pull up & Piece out
This curated collection of modern, vibrant jigsaw puzzles put fine art right at your fingertips. Each design is an original artwork by a contemporary artist of color aimed at making art consumerism more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable. You are what an art collector looks like.
Price – $39.95

Maurice Sendak – Wild Things Are Happening
The Holidays can be crazy, so why not make them wild with our custom product for special exhibition Wild Things Are Happening – The Art of Maurice Sendak currently on view at CMA. These products, like the Wild Thing throw pillow and Endpapers shawl are only available at CMA while supplies last, so don’t miss out!
Prices – Pillow – $39.95, Shawl – $48.95

Maurice Sendak Product for Kids
We have curated a selection of product for all ages to go along with our special exhibition: Wild Things Are Happening – The Art of Maurice Sendak. Check out the dozens of Sendak titles we have available, including Where the Wild Things Are and The Nutcracker with pictures by Maurice Sendak, as well as our first ever kid’s t-shirts in youth sizes small – large ($24.95).

Jellycat London
These adorable plushy friends have been a long-time store favorite and not just for kids! Jellycat continues to combine luxurious fabrics with designs that are sometimes quirky, sometimes cute, but always with a little something different that makes them stand out from the crowd! Stop by and check out our ever-rotating selection, you might just fall in love.
Prices – $18.95 – $50+

Wonderball 2022 Photo Gallery

This celebration of creativity featured a wide range of artistic experiences and collaborative performances including live music, dance, visual art, poetry, calligraphy, video and fashion.

Wonderball raised more than $225,000 to support the Museum’s efforts to provide inspired and creative programs for the community all year long. 

Check out tons of fun images from the unforgettable evening below!
If you have any you would like to share with the Museum please email amber.wacker@cmaohio.org.