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“Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful,” on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, through October 3, provides a comprehensive overview of her extraordinary career including 50 canvases spanning 1922-1977. Several of these works are little known or haven’t been on view for decades; many of her later paintings on display have never been exhibited.

2020 was the year we fell in love with domestic travel again, and we’re carrying that passion for safely exploring our own backyard into the new year. In no particular order, these are the 25 coolest towns in America that you should visit in 2021.

The Columbus Museum partnered with local artist Tony Pettis and The Housing Authority of Columbus, Georgia to facilitate painting classes and a community art project for youth living at Wilson Homes.

Artist and educator Alma Thomas (1891–1978) lived a lifetime of firsts. Her long list of firsts continues this summer at the Chrysler Museum with her largest retrospective to date: Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful. This show marks the first time the Chrysler Museum has dedicated an entire exhibition of this scale to an African American woman artist.

A NEW FOUR-CITY traveling exhibition offers an expansive look at the life and work of Alma Thomas (1891-1978). Thomas is best known for her exuberant abstract paintings and the masterful use of color, pattern, and rhythm she employed to produce them. She was inspired by a panoply of interests, including nature, space, and even the 1963 March on Washington, which she attended.

Free Georgia museums are great locations for home school students to enjoy history lessons and families to stretch their travel budgets.

We have probably all said it: “That’s a Picassso,” or “That’s a Faith Ringgold.” But the work is not the artist and the artist is not the work. The work is the tip of the human iceberg, an artifact of a life as complex, conflicted and, at times, common as all the rest of ours.

The first Black woman to headline a solo show at the Whitney, the artist created abstract paintings, marionettes and more

The colorful works Thomas crafted in her Washington, D.C., kitchen earned her flowers in the world of creatives. Thomas was the first Black woman to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the 1970s in New York. The goal of a new exhibition at the Chrysler is to show the depth and breadth of Thomas’ life and work.

A long overdue retrospective for the late artist Alma Thomas has touched down at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.
The exhibition, titled “Everything Is Beautiful,” showcases little known aspects of the artist’s life and career, such as her interests in gardening and fashion, and her early student works. It was co-organized with the Columbus Museum in the artist’s hometown of Columbus, Georgia.

Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s long life (1891–1978) with approximately 100 works, including her rarely seen theatrical designs and beloved abstract paintings.

Renowned artist Alma W. Thomas’ (1891-1978) artistic journey took her from Columbus, Georgia, to international acclaim. 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.

Renowned artist Alma W. Thomas’ (1891-1978) artistic journey took her from Columbus, Georgia, to international acclaim. Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful will offer 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 Georgia Council for the Arts announced it will provide more than $2 million in grants to help arts initiatives in Georgia.

The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) awarded 2 grants to The Columbus Museum to allow for greater learning opportunities. The Columbus Museum plans to use the funding to continue their interdisciplinary School Tour programs to reach out to K-12 students. The Bridge grant allows them to do so by covering costs of essential operations that bring learning to life for students.

Perspicacious art historian Melissa Ho—who, in her role as curator of twentieth-century art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, oversees the largest public collection of Alma Thomas paintings on canvas—describes the artist’s output as “sensorially rich work that engages sound and touch as well as vision.” Vivid, sense-based memories pepper Thomas’s recollections of childhood, suggesting that she developed a phenomenologically attuned engagement with the material world at an early age.

A conversation with Jonathan Frederick Walz, Ph.D., Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art, at the Columbus Museum., where the exhibition Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful opens July 1, 2022.

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

Since the start of Spring on March 20, the balmy weather has invited Columbusites outside. But as summer weather sets in ahead of June 20, the scorching season’s first day, a lot of people are looking for ways to get out of the heat.
Local museums, largely closed over the last year due to COVID-19, are reopening.

Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful by Seth Feman and Jonathan Frederick Walz; Published in association with The Columbus Museum and the Chrysler Museum of Art

There’s a new place you can visit this summer. The Columbus Museum has opened its latest exhibit, Axis Among Us.

Antiques and the Arts Weekly magazine offers an in-depth review about Quilts from the Collection of Paul M. Goggans, Part I

Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a look at the legacy of Tom's Foods in the Chattahochee Valley

Burnaway overs a review of Brooklyn-based Filipino American artist Paolo Arao's In Dialogue with Drawing at The Columbus Museum.

Columbus CEO speaks with Director of The Columbus Museum, Marianne Richter, about a few upcoming outdoor activities and some of the virtual options the museum offers.

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer feature the exhibition where artists Bo Bartlett, Najee Dorsey, Betsy Eby, Renato Ferreira, Hannah Israel, Liz Lovin, and Bruno Zupan partnered with up-and-coming artists for an exhibition at The Columbus Museum

WTVM Business Break talks with Curator of American Art Jonathan Frederick Walz, Ph.D., about the new 7 + 7: Established and Emerging Artists of the Chattahoochee Valley

WRBL News 3 speaks with The Columbus Museum's education team about free resources for educators

The Columbus Museum has created a virtual museum just for kids. It features virtual exhibition tours, curator chats, and activities for children. It will add new content weekly.

WTVM News Leader 9 reports on annual acquisitions of The Alma Thomas Society, a membership program that supports the museum with funding for African American art

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.

Southern Views magazine showcases a Museum work of art in Exhibit A: William Edouard Scott (1884-1964), i>Wash Day, Alabama, ca. 1930, oil on canvas, The Columbus Museum, The Fund for African American Art, G.2019.9

THE YEAR AHEAD is rife with an expansive and diverse selection of exhibitions, books and other opportunities to engage with the work of African American artists.

WTVM News Leader 9 offers coverage on a virtual WOMEN in STEAM panel

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.

WRBL News 3 covers The Columbus Museum's first-ever holiday lights display

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer features the first-ever holiday light display at The Columbus Museum

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.

WTVM News Leader 9 covered The Columbus Museum's first-ever holiday lighting

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.

It has been 100 years since the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was officially ratified, granting women the right to vote. Though that change applied to white women, there were white and Black suffragettes who made their mark in Georgia.

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.

Marianne Richter, Director of The Columbus Museum, discusses how their staff has worked to mitigate the crisis and have managed to re-open July 15.

The Columbus Museum has reopened after closing its doors for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After closing for nearly four months due to COVID-19, the Columbus Museum is reopening at noon Wednesday.

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 was awarded the 2020 Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History.

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