CMA Home Kitchen: Georgia Peach Cocktails


Georgia Peach “Schokktail”

Enjoy this cocktail straight from the kitchen of CMA Executive Chef Laura Richmond. This drink is simple to put together, but will elevate your own home kitchen experience!


  • Peaches

  • Ginger beer

  • Mint leaves

  • Bourbon

  • Brown sugar

  • Water


  • Shaker

  • Knife

  • Glasses 

  • Muddler 


Making the simple syrup:

  1. Combine a 1:1 ratio of brown sugar and water (start with ½ cup of each, add more as desired), place over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil.

  2. Once the mixture begins to boil, shut off the heat and place it in the fridge to cool.

Making the drink:

  1. Add 2 oz of simple syrup and 2 oz of bourbon to a shaker. 

  2. Cut up 2-3 mint leaves and roughly a quarter of a peach. Add both to the shaker.

  3. Lightly muddle all ingredients together, being careful not to over-mix.

  4. Shake the mixture and pour over ice.

  5. Top off with ginger beer, sliced peaches, and mint. 

  6. Enjoy!

Selfies #myCMAStudio Challenge


This week we are encouraging you to take this time to define yourself beyond what you look like or how you dress with guest contributor and artist Lance Johnson. 

You might recall Lance’s interactive experience at Wonderball 2020 or as a visiting artist within Teen Open Studio. 

Too often we are stifled by the pressures of the perfect selfie. It is so empowering to define yourself on your own terms. Selfie, is a collage project that encourages you to think about what makes you YOU whether it be colors, words or images that speak to you. It’s a fun way to explore the things that are meaningful to you. Define your hopes, dreams and things that you love. 

View Lance’s instructional Selfie Project video to be inspired and learn how to make your own selfie portrait. 

Supplies you will need:

Magazines that you have around your house. Look through them and find images, colors or words. Make a pile of images that you may want to use to create your piece. Images that you choose will  be layered on your paper or canvas. 

A piece of construction paper, white paper or even a piece of cardboard to serve as a canvas for your collage.


Glue stick, school glue, gel medium or ModgePodge. If you don’t have those, you can even use scotch tape. 

Remember, the most important thing, is to have fun and enjoy the process. It’s about exploring your artistic expression and the power to define yourself on your own terms. Artlife.

Share your creations on social media by tagging #myCMAstudio.  

Stay creative and look for more creative challenges while we bring you #myCMAatHome.


Guest Contributor – Lance Johnson

–  What’s up, My name is Lance Johnson, an artist from NY. Art has absolutely changed my life. Art has taken me to parts of the country I never thought I would see. Parts of the world I never thought I would see. I use my work to inspire people from all walks of life. Especially young people who live in urban environments. I want them to appreciate where they come from and to embrace the beauty around them but also aspire to greater things. 

Open Studio is a drop-in program hosted on Saturdays and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. We look forward to inviting you back to Open Studio and other CMA experiences when we reopen to the public.


A Toast to Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989

The following is a transcript of Pizzuti Family Curator of Contemporary Art and Head of Exhibitions Tyler Cann’s toast for Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 during the Member Preview on March 5, 2020.

Thank you so much for being here. Your presence means a great deal to us, especially in these increasingly unsettling times. We thank you for choosing community rather than fear of contagion, but please embrace responsibly. Nobody will mind if you offer them an elbow and an air kiss. 

I wanted to start by quoting from one of the artists in the exhibition, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt. Tommy, as he is known, was inside the Stonewall Inn the night it was raided in June 1969. He penned this text, “Mother Stonewall and the Golden Rats” on the occasion of its twentieth anniversary in 1989; here is a short excerpt: 

This wasn’t a 1960s student riot. Our there were the streets. There were no nice dorms for sleeping. No school cafeteria for certain food. No affluent parents to send us checks. This was a ghetto riot on home turf. We already had our war wounds. This was just another battle. Nobody thought of it as History, Herstory, My-story, Your-story, or our-story. We were being denied a place to dance together. That’s all.

The total charisma of a revolution in our CONSCIOUSNESS rising from the gutter to the gutt to the heart and the mind was here. Non-existence (or Part existence) was coming into being, and being into becoming. Our Mother Stonewall was giving birth to a new era and we were the midwives.

That night the “Gutter (street) Rats” Shone like the brightest gold! And like that baby born in a feed-trough or found in a basket floating down the Nile, the mystery of history happened again in the least likely of places.

But here we are, likely or not, in this place, celebrating the opening of Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989, some 50 years after the event. This evening is the culmination of almost eight years’ work. For the Museum this has been a monumentalexhibition, grouping over 240 objects by 166 artists and artist-collectives in seven thematic sections. Museums our size don’t do this. The response, however, has been amazing: ArtNews included it in the top 10 most important art exhibitions of the last decade, we’ve had great reviews online and in the New York Times, the work we acquired by Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt was featured on the cover of Artforum, the catalog has won national accolades and is in its second print run. This is all wonderful, but for me the most meaningful review has been to witness the tears that have been shed in the galleries.

So let me thank, first of all, all of the artists whose work is in the exhibition. And thanks to everyone on staff, I’m sure they will be named in the course of the evening, from our Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes, our guest curator Jonathan Weinberg, fellow co-curators, the Museum’s Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow Daniel Marcus, Drew Sawyer, who is now at the Brooklyn Museum, as well as Anna Conlan, who greatly contributed to the catalogue and research, and writing. I have to also mention our fearless registrars Jennifer Seeds and Nicole Rome—who literally weathered hurricanes for this show—our Curatorial Assistant Jordan Spencer, our Exhibition Designer Greg Jones and his team; and of course, Gabriel Mastin; a friend to many of you and our leadership giving officer. Let me also thank some former members of team Stonewall: Melissa Wolfe, at the St. Louis Art Museum, and Anastasia Kinigopoulo, at the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. And lastly, thanks to the venues that hosted the exhibition before us: the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Grey Art Gallery, NYU, and the Frost Art Museum in Miami.

So yes, it’s been a heavy lift. The physical, creative, intellectual, financial, and emotional effort involved here is huge. The responsibility we feel telling the story of intersection of art, queer culture, and the LGBTQ civil rights movement in the two decades after Stonewall has been immense. But it’s our chosen responsibility, and one we feel proud and privileged to bear. I can’t thank all of you enough for your generous support of the exhibition. Let me, at least, mention our Honorary Chair of the Exhibition Jim Obergefell. I really wish I could name you all. But many of you, I trust, will find your names on the wall.

Finding oneself on the walls of the museum is a powerful thing. The task of getting this show right, getting as many people as possible to see themselves on the walls was a complex undertaking. This is a place to “see and be seen.” It is history, herstory, theirstory, mystory, yourstory, our story, our stories. We, the museum, are the stories we tell, the objects we show. What we can offer is visibility, the chance to recognize oneself, but also—I think crucially—to encounter the image of difference. That’s how we knit communities together. That’s how we unwind the prejudice, fear, and misunderstanding that we’ve all inherited. It’s how we, as a museum, create better people, and hopefully a better future. Here’s to Art After Stonewall, and to that future.


Neighborhood Maps #MyCMAStudio Challenge


#myCMA Studio Maps challenge

Each month we will explore a new theme and invite you to create along from home with four weekly challenges based off of the BIG IDEA. You don’t need an Open Studio, rather use recycled materials, your phone’s camera or pencil and paper. This month we’re exploring Maps and Data.

Give yourself ten minutes to brainstorm each week’s prompt through word association, sketching or drawing the weekly challenge. Then bring your ideas to life as a three-dimensional object. Challenge yourself to use recycled materials and supplies that you can find around your house: discarded and clean food containers, bottle caps, egg cartons, foil, wine corks, cardboard, buttons, tape, scissors, maybe a hot glue gun

Show and tell time after each! Share your drawing with friends and describe your scene. How did you use uncommon materials to express your vision? What challenges did these unconventional materials create? What ways did you problem solve or use these materials in a new way?

For this week’s challenge, take a walk around your neighborhood. What do you see when you first step out the door? What do you see to your left? To your right? What’s at the end of your street? What type of nature surrounds you? Are there a lot of buildings or open space directly behind you? Are there any places that aren’t real that you can add to your map? A unicorn zoo or magic forest? Can you create a 3-d version of your neighborhood?

Follow along as we share your creations on our social media by tagging us at #myCMAstudio on social media.

Be well, and look for more creative challenges while we bring you #myCMAatHome.

Megan Green brings more than a decade of creative entrepreneurship into her role at CMA as the Manager of Studio of Initiatives. She’s shared her passion for supporting artists through her direction at Craftin’ Outlaws and Midwest Craft Con.

Open Studio is a drop- in program hosted on Saturdays and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. We look forward to inviting you back to Open Studio and other CMA experiences when we reopen to the public.

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 Member Preview Party

Jim Obergefell, Nannette Maciejunes Art after Stonewall opening at Columbus Museum of Art

Members were the first to celebrate the opening of Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 on March 5, at Columbus Museum of Art. This momentous exhibition organized by CMA commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and was named by ArtNews as one of the best and most important exhibitions of the decade. Having debuted in NYC before traveling to Miami, CMA is excited to bring this critically-acclaimed show home to Columbus.

The evening included ribbon cutting and remarks by Honorary Exhibition Chair, Jim Obergefell and Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes followed by gallery viewing and exhibition talks by guest curator Jonathan Weinberg and curatorial consultant, Anna Conlan. Members enjoyed a light reception featuring music from DJ Moxy and special appearances by local drag personalities, Helena Troy and Mary Nolan.

Thank you to the many generous sponsors of Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989.

Photos from Wonderball 2020 at Columbus Museum of Art

Many thanks to the more than 1,700 guests who attended a sold-out Wonderball in January. More than $200,000 was raised to support Columbus Museum of Art’s effort to nurture creativity and lifelong learning with inspired programming, including Teen Open Studio, Wonder School, and Sparking Imaginations. These programs foster play, imagination, and curiosity to encourage us all to think like an artist.

Save the Date for Wonderball 2021
Saturday, January 30

Photos by Nikole Breanna Prete, @rookieransom, Dave Toth, and Nathan C. Ward.