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.

Rainbow Themed Gifts to Celebrate Art after Stonewall

Support art and creativity with these unique gift recommendations, available now in the CMA Museum Store. Show off your pride with a variety of rainbow themed gifts in celebration of the exhibition Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989. CMA members receive 10 percent off all purchases, and all purchases include free gift wrapping.
Driving Forces catalogue

Rainbow Umbrella

Carry your own rainbow on the next rainy day! $30.95


Art after Stonewall Exhibition Catalogue and T-Shirt 

This book documents the powerful art that emerged in the wake of the Stonewall Riots and the rise of the LGBTQ liberation movement in the U.S. 304 pages – hardcover, $39.95

Show off your pride with this extra soft printed t-shirt with the exhibition title image. Adult sizes – Small – X large, $24.95 each

Rainbow Socks

Celebrate pride with these fun stripes. Adult sizes, $9.95 each

Rainbow Coasters 

Brighten up your table with some color with these fun rainbow themed coasters! Set of 8. $19.95

Hand Dyed and Hemmed Silk Scarf

This gorgeous, hand painted scarf is 100% silk. True red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet for you to wear and display with pride and brighten any day. 14” x 72” – $72.00

Calling Museums and Galleries: Join Columbus Museum of Art for #HeartsforArt

Hearts for art

Art has the power to inspire, transform, transfix, and unite us.

Once again Columbus Museum of Art is inviting museums and galleries to join us in celebrating Valentine’s Day with #HeartsforArt, February 11-16, 2020. Launched by Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) and Oakland Museum of California in 2014, Hearts for Art is a fun way for visitors to express their love for art.

Here’s how Hearts for Art works:

Online: Encourage visitors to share their art crush by taking a picture and using hashtag #HeartsForArt, and tag your museum across your favorite social media platforms.
And/or in the galleries: Have hearts available for visitors and encourage them to place the heart in front of a work of art they love, take a picture, and share using #HeartsForArt, and tag your museum on social media.

Feel free to hack the project to fit your institutional goals. CMA will be celebrating from February 11-16, 2020, but feel free to join in anytime that week or the whole week. Participating museums in the past have included Oakland Museum of California, Denver Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Philbrook Museum of Art, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Detroit Institute of Arts, and many more.

This year to better track participation in #HeartsforArt we’re encouraging museums and galleries interested in participating to fill out a Google Survey.

#HeartsforArt Survey

We’ll be sharing some of our favorite posts throughout the week, and including them in an online gallery.

Questions? Feel free to reach out directly!

Jennifer Poleon is CMA Digital Communications Manager. She organized Columbus Museum of Art’s #MobilePhotoNow exhibition, a worldwide crowdsourced Instagram exhibition that was the largest mobile photography exhibition ever presented by a museum.

Hannah Mason-Macklin is CMA’s Manager of Interpretation and Engagement. This past fall Macklin gave a Ted talk on Decolonizing Museums, and what role museums should play in our society today.

Creativity Thrives When Fashion Breaks Its Own Rules

Olly Awake

From Columbus-based Olly Awake’s gender equal fashion line

For many years, fashion has been synonymous with femininity. Take a look at generations of red carpet photos and you’ll see it – women in elegant gowns, high heels, sparkling jewelry and professionally done hair and makeup.  In general, men have sported classic black tuxes or pinstripes.

In recent years, these traditional fashion roles have started to change. Styles from the 2019 Met Gala were probably the biggest and boldest examples of this. Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie wore a half-pinstripe suit, half-pink tulle gown, offset with professional makeup, dangling earrings, a glittery clutch and delicate heel while the tulle gown was accompanied by Doc Martens and an unshaven face. Jared Leto wore a dress. Ezra Miller wore a diamond corset and sported bright red lips.

It’s not uncommon to see women in suits on the red carpet these days either. From Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Stewart, Sandra Oh, Miley Cyrus and more, celebrities are leading the way for gender-bending fashion.

In Columbus, fashion label Olly Awake is making a name for itself as a fashion brand for everyone and anyone with its gender-equal designs. Their pieces are free from traditional gender labels and restraints and their sizes run in shapes, not numbers.  For this year’s Wonderball, we are lucky to have Olly Awake designer Celeste Malvar-Stewart and founder Kevin Terry Smith serve as event hosts, so we sat down with them to learn more about this concept.

What are some key elements of gender-equal fashion?
Gender-equal (as we call it) or gender-neutral fashion begins with true intention. While we obviously believe anyone can wear any piece of clothing they choose, for us creating a gender equal line is a dedication to specifically designed clothing to meet this need. Fashion design, just like architecture or graphic design, seeks to resolve a problem. We are working to create a pathway for people to wear clothing that transcends traditional gender norms. 

Olly Awake focuses on several elements: fit, movement, feeling and relevance to our community. Our aesthetic stands separately: sleek, modern and structural. We start at ground-zero, rethinking the basic design of our garments so they create a beautiful fit that is a compliment for many gender presentations.   

Why was it important to create this line?
We talk a lot about pathways and transformation in our brand. Movement of thought – out of darkness, into light – from confusion and discomfort, to boldness and self-confidence. We want to be one tool our community can use to become the best versions of themselves they can be.

From the individual to a larger scope, we firmly believe that design has the ability to create real change in society. It was difficult for differently abled folks to move through public spaces, until community intervened and demanded intentional design that allowed open access to everyone. This is the power of design when it meets intention and bold thinking – it changes the world.

How has the Columbus fashion community responded to this line?
The Columbus fashion community is like a big warm hug. We are pretty unconventional: we don’t really do shows, our community of ‘Olly fam’ are typically people outside the fashion scene, you get the idea. The fashion community in Columbus has been so wonderful in embracing us – quirks and all! 

How can Columbus continue to support LBGTQ+ artists and designers?
Columbus has done such a great job in supporting LGBTQ+ artists and designers by attending events that support their work and by actually purchasing! By buying the work, we sustain the artists and designers in their endeavors!

What are some recommendations for how Wonderball guests can show their fashionable sides outside of traditional gender roles?
Gender equality is all about the movement of being our true selves, so the most fashionable way to express that is to wear what makes us feel expressive and free! Free from the conventional gender mindset. So, if you feel like a fancy suit is what makes you feel that way, that’s fantastic! Or perhaps variations on the traditional wear, like a suit jacket with a long train or a giant kimono over a jumpsuit or a fabulous kaftan with a ruffled neckline! The sky is the limit! 

So, this Saturday, come to Wonderball in whatever makes you feel most truly and uniquely you! We look forward to seeing everyone’s fabulously styled black-and-white creations.

Check out to learn more about this new line.

(Please note: Wonderball tickets will NOT be sold at the door).

– Lexi Sweet is public relations manager at Experience Columbus and a four-year member of the Wonderball marketing committee. Sweet is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Our Favorite Winter Gifts

Support art and creativity with these unique gift recommendations, available now in the CMA Museum Store including the hot-off-the-presses catalogue for Driving Forces. The Museum Store at CMA offers products carefully chosen to capture the essence of creativity and excellent design. CMA members receive 10 percent off all purchases, and all purchases include free gift wrapping.
Driving Forces catalogue

Driving Forces Catalogue

Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti exhibition catalog 154 pages, soft cover. $29.95.


Faux Bois Birds and Vase

Looks like carved wood birds and vase but really ceramic with wood grain finish!
Birds $9.95 each, Vase $34.95.

Stagmomantis Caroline

Stagmomantis Caroline

She’s not pretty but she’s definitely fun to assemble! Choose from birds, bugs and other creatures to build and display. From $30-$45.

Lama Kara Jewelry

Lama Kara Jewelry

Handmade jewelry designed in Paris and crafted by African artisans. This unique wire-wrapping technique is beautifully soft and contemporary. From $68 – $180.

O'Keeffe wallet

Autumn Leaves by Georgia O’Keeffe Armored Wallet

Featuring full RFID credit card protection, our custom armored wallet from Fig Design Group offers a cool and colorful way to protect your privacy. $15.95.