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The Alma Thomas Society, a category of membership that supports The Columbus Museum's Fund for African American Art, recently voted overwhelmingly to acquire an untitled piece by glass artist Therman Statom, who studied with glass artist Dale Chihuly.

BLACK ART IN AMERICA™ (BAIA), the leading online portal and network focused on African American Art in the nation, announces its donation of 15 works of art to The Columbus Museum. The compelling works are rendered by an array of prominent master and contemporary African American artists. The generous gift is part of BAIA’s ongoing effort to ensure the works of African American artists are represented in the nation’s public institutions.

For the first time, The Columbus Museum is lighting up for the holidays. The Museum's drive-thru Holiday of Lights officially kicked off Tuesday, Dec. 8 with a performance by The Columbus Ballet. Director Marianne Richter said Museum staff wanted to do something that may offer the community some holiday cheer during this challenging year.

Just as valuable as the curatorial positions in a Museum are the administrative positions. After talking with Deputy Director of Operations, Kimberly Beck, I learned more about the goings-on of the “other side” of The Columbus Museum.

The yearlong celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment continues with the unveiling of the city's newest historical marker to commemorate Columbus as the birthplace of the women's suffrage movement in Georgia, as well as a discussion of local and regional political activism over the past 100 years.

It was the fall of 2011 and Rebecca Bush had just finished her Master’s degree at the University of South Carolina the previous spring.

A new exhibition at The Columbus Museum allowed Columbus State University research students and their professor to investigate a real mystery lurking in the Museum’s permanent collection.

Many museum jobs seem obscure and mysterious, but really they are at the core of what takes place in museums.

The Columbus Museum has received a $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for the upcoming exhibition Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful.

The Columbus Museum has received a prestigious award from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for work on the oral history project Making Conversation with Warren Williams Homes.

The Columbus Museum denounces racism and discrimination in any form. We stand with the black community in pursuing justice and equality.

Jobs at the Columbus Museum are diverse and full of excitement. One such position is that of Community Outreach Coordinator. After sitting down with Kennan Ducey for a chat, I got to see some of the behind the scenes workings of her position here at TCM.

Both Tom Uttech and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver have spent most of their lives in Wisconsin and have profound relationships to the landscape of the region.

Today’s Museum is dynamic and in some cases interactive. When I talked with Jessamy South, Youth and Family Programs Manager, I had the chance to talk about some of the fun opportunities TCM has for children and families year-round and the work that goes into making them happen.

April marks National Poetry Month, a celebration of the written word’s ability to transport, illuminate, and dream into existence.

Originally studying photography and art history, Kacir’s passions for art initially left her, like many of us, in a state of wanting more.

Burgoyne Diller was one of the earliest American artists to base his work purely on geometric abstraction without any reference to nature.

Facing physical illness, Joyce Treiman shifted her creative practice from focusing on art history to exploring mortality with her sense of dry humor. These four columnar paintings employ a dense impasto that brings a harsh edge to the brooding colors of her melancholic images.

With the vernal equinox, March brings us the promise of warmer weather, flowers’ reappearance, and plenty of pollen. But it also brings with it important celebrations in the forms of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8. To celebrate, let’s take a look at some of the notable women artists in the Museum’s collection.

This second half of our interview picks back up with Exhibition Coordinator and Designer, Cameron Faucette.

Both Martha Clippinger and Merrill Garbus of the band tUnE-yArDs couple a sense of playfulness with careful attention to rhythm, movement, and space to create dynamic, colorful work.

The Columbus Museum is filled with an amazingly diverse staff, with people literally coming from all walks of life. Recently, Visitors Services Representative Andrea Hayes sat down with Exhibition Coordinator and Designer, Cameron Faucette, for a chat about her life’s experiences and how her life’s path led her to The Columbus Museum.

A $200,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and a $65,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will support the upcoming exhibition Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful. Scheduled to open in July 2021, the traveling show is co-organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art and The Columbus Museum in Georgia and includes stops at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and The Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tenn. before closing at The Columbus Museum in 2022.

SIGHT_SOUND is a new series that connects visual art and music. In each pairing, curatorial assistant Ben French matches up a piece of visual art from The Columbus Museum’s permanent collection with a piece of music to explore the similarities and differences between the two forms of expression. Follow along on the blog, check out our YouTube playlist, and use #sightsound to experience the museum in a new way.

This past December, Paris-based gallery Perrotin exhibited what would become the controversial face of the fair and a meme-worthy, viral sensation: a banana duct-taped to a wall entitled "Comedian."

A mystery surrounding a painting acquired by The Columbus Museum begins to unravel with a single email.

Note: This article is the final piece in a three-part series called "The Columbus Museum Makes an Impact."

Bill Consoletti, gardener, docent, and volunteer at The Columbus Museum shares how he wants to see history bloom in Bradley Olmsted Garden.

Note: This article is the second in a three-part series "The Columbus Museum Makes an Impact."

Three-year-old Grace Bradley completely lost her hearing due to viral meningitis. Find out how The Columbus Museum played a role in her recovery.

Note: This article is the first in a three-part series "The Columbus Museum Makes an Impact."

Art museums often conjure up images of seriousness: quiet white rooms, do-not-touch signs, stanchions. But what happens when art lets loose?

Museum collections come together in a variety of ways. Sometimes through donations. Other times through auctions and acquisitions. But how do curators learn about the artwork and objects they acquire in their collections? Sometimes it is by sheer chance.

Saya Woolfalk: Augmented Visionary Reality Outpost opens October 18 at The Columbus Museum. Recently, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of American Art Jonathan Frederick Walz, Ph.D. sat down with the artist to discuss her creative practice, music, and St. EOM.

Ninety-seven years ago, the Hardaway Company completed construction on the Fourteenth Street Bridge, connecting uptown Columbus, Georgia, to downtown Phenix City, Alabama. The bridge utilizes multiple beams that span the area between abutments in order to relieve the structure of pressure. Years later, the bridge was renamed for local contributor to culture and architecture, Horace King.

In 1969, the patrons of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Lower Manhattan, led a revolt against police forces during a routine raid of their gathering space. The uprising is often cited as a key spark that ignited the formation of the Gay Liberation Movement. Nine years later, Army […]

As a Georgia peach, born and raised, Southern cuisine has been a part of my life from the moment I could say “fiddle-dee-dee.” From holidays to birthday celebrations, Southerners are known for extravagant and bountiful spreads of home cooked food, resulting in days’ worth of leftovers. When it comes to eating out, […]

Get unique, locally-produced jewelry, candles, glass pieces and more at The Columbus Museum Holiday Market! On Small Business Saturday, get amazing gifts from local artists for everyone on your list! Questions? Contact Museum Shop Manager Brooke Starling at (706)748-2562 ext. 2119 or

October brings vampire bites, tricks and treats, and witches soaring on their brooms; werewolf howls, goblins on the prowl, and boos that cause fear to loom. Many, including myself, find this macabre month as their time to emerge from the shadows, and notice that their “strange and unusual” tastes are suddenly in […]

One of The Columbus Museum’s own was invited to join a panel of scholars at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s 50th-anniversary conference late last month. Jonathan Frederick Walz, Ph.D., Curator of American Art and Director of Curatorial Affairs, spoke at the September conference held in Washington, D.C. Walz presented “ “Side Eye: Early Twentieth-Century American Portraiture on […]

The Columbus Museum is pleased to announce it has received two grants to continue the dual mission of bringing regional history and art to the Chattahoochee Valley. The Museum has received grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Columbus Cultural Arts Alliance. Funds awarded by Georgia Council for the Arts include appropriations from […]

Throughout the year, the Museum show cases a variety of works of art and history artifacts from our collection like photos, drawings, lithographs, and quilts. Some items displayed are even on loan from other Museums and institutions. In order to preserve the art and artifacts displayed, our Collections team handles items from our collections and […]

There is always something new to learn about something old – even if it’s the Civil War. Rebecca Bush, Curator of History and Exhibitions Manager at The Columbus Museum, will join a prestigious group of scholars at a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in New York City to discuss new ways to interpret […]

We knew that artists Beyoncé and Jay-Z are museum lovers and collectors of art, but the filming of their new music video in the world’s most famous museum has taken their status to new heights. The Carters took over The Louvre in Paris, showcasing iconic painting and sculptures from the museum’s collection. Should Bey and Jay […]

The celebration of Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, is unique to the southern states as it celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. June 19, 1865 specifically commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas. The Columbus Museum’s Collections team has unlocked the vault to show an amazing piece for the permanent […]

The Columbus Museum’s dual mission of bringing art and history to life in the Chattahoochee Valley means we are always on the lookout for new pieces. Our newest history acquisition is a harmonica that was owned and played by Columbus resident Nina Young Browne at the turn of the twentieth century. Nina was an accomplished amateur […]

Fort Benning has continued to evolve throughout the 20th and 21st century as a base notable as a training location for several schools, including the Infantry, Airborne, Rangers, Officer Candidates, and now the Armor. In this exhibition, you will see artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection, including many recent acquisitions, will illustrate the post’s founding in […]

In this exhibition currently on view, we take a deeper look into the art of African American abstract women abstract artists. This project presents a new selection of over two dozen infrequently seen works on paper by 18 different women. Meet Wes and Missy Cochran Wesley and Missy Cochran were born and raised […]

A long time ago in a gallery far, far away… a special one-day-only program awakened at The Columbus Museum. Star Wars Day! During this event, families enjoyed craft stations, interstellar snacks, and had their chance to compete in our costume contests and scavenger hunts. Live selections of music were also played by a Cantina […]

Farm To Table(aux) events have been successfully held in other cities, and the Columbus Museum debuted the night of food, art, and fun in the Chattahoochee Valley on Saturday, April 14. Take a look at our photo gallery here! Click here for more photos.

In a time where art is viewed for an average of 17 seconds, the Columbus Museum is delighted to present a recap of The Patient Eye, a live performance and exhibition by artist Jonathan VanDyke. VanDyke is an internationally recognized visual and performing artist whose pieces often allude to the work week or make reference […]

COLUMBUS, GA — The Columbus Museum has launched an exciting new oral history project with our neighbors at Warren Williams Homes, and all of the community is invited to participate. The goal of Making Conversation is to change the narrative of a place often unfairly viewed as impoverished and crime-ridden with little hope […]