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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 bstarling@columbusmuseum.com.

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 […]

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