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Renowned artist Alma W. Thomas’ (1891-1978) artistic journey took her from Columbus, Georgia, to international acclaim. The traveling exhibition Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful offers a comprehensive overview of her extraordinary career with more than 150 objects, including late-career paintings that have never before been exhibited or published.

The Columbus Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of an important American drawing, entitled 1324 North Avenue, Columbus, Georgia, by self-taught and visionary artist Sister Gertrude Morgan.

Frist Art Museum executive director and co-curator of the Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful exhibition, Dr. Seth Feman, discusses one of his favorite pieces from the show and gives us a closer look at Alma's subtle, yet dynamic brushwork.

Established in 1828, Columbus has a number of notable buildings and landmarks with rich histories that make the city unique. The Ledger-Enquirer wants to know how well Columbus residents know their city. Try to match the images with the correct Columbus landmarks, then send this quiz and a screenshot of your score to your friends for bragging rights.

Celebrity floral designer Canann Marshall, born and raised in Macon, Georgia hosted two sold out floral workshops Friday at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia. Marshall was a contestant on season two of "Full Bloom", an HBO Max flower design competition. Take a look inside one of Marshall's workshops in this short video.

The Columbus Museum’s new inaugural fundraiser, Museum Alive! Celebrating the Bradley Olmsted Garden takes place this April 21-23, 2022. All supporters and members of the community are invited to partake in these three days of festivities. Experience unique installations of art and flowers, try your hand at floral arranging, and raise a toast to the continued success of The Columbus Museum.

“Beauty will save the world.” Dostoevsky expresses this artist statement through the words of the fictional character, Prince Myshkin- the titular character of The Idiot, published in the late 1860s. Myshkin was, in some ways, a stand-in for what Dostoevsky might consider the best version of himself, a “positively good and beautiful man.” The prince was not what Dostoevsky claimed to be but possibly what he aspired to become.

It was a 19th-century song that piqued Day Al-Mohamed’s interest in a little-known group of Union soldiers in the U.S. Civil War. It was not a celebratory song.

Beautiful Columbus, Georgia, anchored by the winding Chattahoochee River and Columbus State University, is the second largest city in the state. Located in the western part of Georgia, this quaint college town offers a delightful getaway with a vibrant arts scene — music, theatre, opera, Art Walk and more. For thrilling water sports adventure, kayak or raft down the Chattahoochee River on the world’s largest urban whitewater course known as, “wild as the Colorado River, warm as Costa Rica.”

The birthplace of Coca-Cola and home to Columbus State University, Columbus is rich in American history. Located in the us state Georgia Along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, Columbus remains a great example of a true river city that ranked among the major industrial centers of the South in the early 20th century.

Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful provides a fresh perspective on the artist’s long, dynamic life (1891–1978) and multifaceted career that was defined by constant creativity. This major retrospective traces her journey from semirural Georgia to Washington, DC, to becoming the first Black woman to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York when she was eighty in 1972.

“Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful,” on view at the Frist through June 5, is a welcome balm to our weary souls. And this is no accident. Thomas was a revolutionary artist and educator who cultivated beauty and creativity in all aspects of her long life. And she was dedicated to bringing that same energy into the lives of others, as well.

There is no one single version of Columbus, Georgia. Visitors can find a military center, an artistic incubator, a capital of industry, a destination for outdoor adventures and a hub for Black history. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking whitewater rafter or a history buff, there’s a lot to discover in Columbus — and a wide-ranging food scene to keep you fueled, from haute cuisine to Georgia barbecue.

When Alma Thomas (1891–1978) was just fifteen years old, she moved with her family from the Jim Crow South to Washington D.C., where she cultivated a life as an artist and educator. A traveling retrospective exhibition, “Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful,” is touring the country, revealing the striking evolution of Thomas’s work throughout her career. The show was put together by cocurators Jonathan Frederick Walz, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of American Art at The Columbus Museum (Columbus, Georgia), and Seth Feman, Deputy Director for Art & Interpretation and Curator of Photography at Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum of Art.

NASHVILLE, TENN.- The Frist Art Museum presents Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful, a comprehensive overview of the artist’s long, dynamic life (1891–1978) and multifaceted career that was defined by constant creativity.

News 3 Nightwatch highlights the impact young activists had on working towards desegregation.

Following from its commitment to reflect the communities of the Chattahoochee Valley, The Columbus Museum continues to augment its holdings of works by African American artists. The Museum’s recent Alma Thomas Society Annual Purchase Party resulted in the acquisition of two new works to its permanent collection.

Presented by Seth Feman (Deputy Director for Art and Interpretation and Curator of Photography at Chrysler Museum of Art) and Jonathan Frederick Walz (Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of American Art at The Columbus Museum), learn more about the Frist Art Museum’s Everything is Beautiful exhibit in this virtual program. Jonathan presents on Alma W. Thomas’ marionettes and Seth shares more about her teaching practice.

It’s only fitting that a retrospective of Alma Thomas’s art be named “Everything Is Beautiful.” The more than 170-work exhibition charts Thomas’s career from her understated still lifes to her kaleidoscopic abstractions, underlining the beauty she saw in the material world and imagined in a cosmic one.

Following from its commitment to reflect the communities of the Chattahoochee Valley, The Columbus Museum continues to augment its holdings of works by African American artists. The Museum’s recent Alma Thomas Society Annual Purchase Party resulted in the acquisition of two new works to its permanent collection.

Abstract Expressionism was a movement dominated by male artists. Painters such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning have held centre stage as the stars of the movement, leaving many female abstract expressionists in their shadows – their work overlooked and underappreciated. One of these artists is Alma Thomas, a painter, educator and the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition of her work in the Whitney Museum of Art.

Cities such as Atlanta, Albany, Montgomery, and Birmingham often dominate discussions of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. However, the Chattahoochee Valley has been the site of regular cycles of civil rights activism, allyship, and backlash throughout the past century. Advances in civil rights that proved significant at the national and state levels happened from the 1940s through the 1970s, and vibrant activism continues in the community today.

A remarkable run for the Phillips Collection — or for any museum in the nation’s capital — is coming to a close. The modern art museum celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and while the pandemic prevented a proper birthday bash, it finished the year with a bang.
With two stellar retrospectives, one time-based installation, and several commissions by local artists, the Phillips Collection has dedicated its galleries over the past few months to highlighting abstract work by Black artists. This is unlike anything else the museum has done in at least the last two decades.

With the national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday coming up, a new exhibit depicting the Civil Rights Movement has opened in the Fountain City. The Columbus Museum held a grand opening for the exhibit Saturday morning.

The Columbus Museum’s latest exhibition, Journey Toward Justice: The Civil Rights Movement in the Chattahoochee Valley, will feature the research and work of several Columbus State University students.

Students in Dr. Gary Sprayberry’s fall 2021 “Civil Rights Movement/Black Power” class conducted research and provided content for exhibit panels and the exhibit guidebook. The class explored the American civil rights movement, the rise of militancy in the 1960s, the origins of reconstruction, and the rise of segregation. The nine students who worked on the project each focused on different aspects of the movement.

If you’re looking for a weekend adventure in the Chattahoochee Valley, a brand-new exhibition at the Columbus Museum will open this Saturday.
The exhibition will place a spotlight on the Civil Rights Movement in the Fountain City, and Columbus Museum Curator of History Rebecca Bush is thrilled about the longtime coming.

In our annual Winter Arts Guide, we ask some of the city’s top artists what they’re most looking forward to. Plus, our critics assess the state of Nashville’s art scene and point toward the best art, theater, dance, film and literary events of the season. Check it out below.

Columbus is the second-largest city in Georgia. When I discovered Columbus’s treasure trove of attractions, I knew why it’s growing rapidly in popularity. I’ve visited many times, some comped press trips, but my opinions are my own. Here are some reasons to visit Columbus.

NASHVILLE, Jan. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Frist Art Museum presents Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful, a comprehensive overview of the artist's long, dynamic life (1891–1978) and multifaceted career that was defined by constant creativity. Featuring more than 150 works, including her joyful and colorful abstract paintings and many objects that have never been exhibited or published before, the exhibition demonstrates how Thomas's artistic practices extended to every aspect of her life—from community service and teaching to gardening and dress.

The Columbus Museum’s new exhibition, Journey Toward Justice: The Civil Rights Movement in the Chattahoochee Valley, opens on January 15, 2022. Themes and topics include the beginnings of a southern freedom movement and the effects of Jim Crow segregation; the role of Black institutions as a source of community pride and a breeding ground for activists; the influence of Fort Benning; direct public actions that led to the desegregation of public and private spaces; the cycle of generational violence and intimidation that activists faced; and continued civil rights activism in the 21st century.

The Columbus community is poised to celebrate the life of slain civil rights leader, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Consolidated Government is partnering with several community organizations to honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Three days of events are planned in remembrance of the Civil Rights leader.

There are 20 must-see museum exhibitions focusing on African-American art happening this winter that we want you to know about. The exhibits are occurring throughout the country and range from major career retrospectives to historical surveys to contemporary art. Some of the exhibits are already on view, while others are opening soon, so be sure to check the dates.

After June 2020, almost every institution made a declaration that they would implement changes to become more inclusive. Their promises posed an interesting question: What would happen if museums made a priority of showing works by more artists of color and addressing art history’s lacunae? In other words, would what it look like for museums to do what they were supposed to be doing all along?

America’s first museum dedicated to modern art, The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., continues to fulfill founder Duncan Phillips’s vision in 1921 for “an intimate museum combined with an experiment station.”

The Frist Art Museum presents Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful, a comprehensive overview of the artist's long, dynamic life (1891-1978) and multifaceted career that was defined by constant creativity.

The Frist Art Museum presents Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful, a comprehensive overview of the artist’s long, dynamic life (1891–1978) and multifaceted career that was defined by constant creativity. Featuring more than 150 works, including her joyful and colorful abstract paintings and many objects that have never been exhibited or published before, the exhibition demonstrates how Thomas’s artistic practices extended to every aspect of her life—from community service and teaching to gardening and dress. Co-organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art and The Columbus Museum, Georgia, Everything Is Beautiful will be on view in the Frist’s Upper-Level Galleries from February 25 through June 5, 2022.

Director of The Columbus Museum Marianne Richter talks about a few new exhibitions at The Columbus Museum and their focus on bringing the community together.

Artist Alma Thomas was the first Black woman to have a solo exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972 – but long before that, she was a middle school teacher in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood. A stunning retrospective of her work is currently on exhibit at the Phillips Collection, a short walk away from where she lived in Logan Circle. Alma Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful charts her artistic evolution and her relationship with the District.

With travel restrictions still in place, many looked to art books this year when they couldn’t visit the museums and galleries they loved most. Below is a look back at some of the year’s best books, as picked by the editors of ARTnews and Art in America, from elegant catalogs that paired nicely with the year’s finest shows to forward-thinking tomes of criticism that drew out new strands of art history.

Looking for gift ideas for art lovers in your life? Or perhaps you want to treat yourself by buying a book that will not only inspire and educate you about a particular artist, but also look great on your coffee table. Here’s a list of 10 must-see art books that were published in 2021.

Not every museum can have a broad collection of masterpiece paintings, nor the largest collection of historic artifacts. But every museum can tell an interesting story or highlight an area's artists and art history. My visit to The Columbus Museum, in Columbus, Georgia gave me a chance to see one that really does well, both on local history and regional art.

Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) is proud to announce three distinguished inductees for Hall of Fame 2022 in preparation of the College’s annual awards banquet to be held on March 10, 2022.

A Long Islander is on a mission to find the owner of a World War II service pin.
Sayville resident Star Wahnon found the pin in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant on Jericho Turnpike in Jericho six years ago.

As we count down the final weeks of 2021, we are taking a look back at everything that has creatively inspired and artistically educated us. What better way to do that than by looking back at the books that have been published this year? So, we pulled together an incredible guide of some of the best art books around.

The third floor of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., can hardly contain “Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful.” The more than 170-work retrospective charts Thomas’s career from her understated still lifes to her kaleidoscopic abstractions, underlining the beauty she saw in the material world and imagined in a cosmic one.

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This Thanksgiving holiday, spend some time with art and nature with this family-friendly activity inspired by David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History and Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful.

Join Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful co-curators Seth Feman and Jonathan Frederick Walz to learn more about the exhibition and how Thomas’s artistic practices extended to every facet of her life. Drawing from their essays in the accompanying catalogue as well as from the exhibition, Walz will present on Thomas’s marionettes and Feman will share more about Thomas’s teaching practice. This one-hour program will be presented on Zoom.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Columbus Museum hosted its annual Holiday Market with several vendors and handmade gifts Saturday.

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