Director’s Letter Welcome

Marianne Richter_edited2          Welcome to The Columbus Museum’s website, where you can find out more about the Museum’s collections of American art and regional history, exhibitions, educational programs, and special events.

         Change is in the air at the Museum this winter with the opening of three new exhibitions, a special installation by internationally known artist Linn Meyers, and the rehanging of the Shorter and Leebern Galleries. The Woodruff Gallery will feature Work It Out: The Material and Visual Culture of Labor, an exhibition drawn from the Museum’s collection, while the Yarbrough Gallery will feature an exhibition of Hollywood photographs from the collection, “We had Faces!” Stars from Old Hollywood. As we move towards winter, it is not too late to see our major fall exhibition, And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations, which closes December 30. The quilts featured in the exhibition are extraordinary in both their artistic merit and narratives of African-American history. Then, in late February, the Third Floor Galleries will present the work of Anna Betbeze, a Columbus native who is exhibiting her work internationally, and HOLOGRAPH: Women on paper, an exhibition from the permanent collection.

          The Museum has commissioned Linn Meyers to create a site-specific drawing on the wall outside the Shorter and Leebern Galleries. Meyers has done large scale drawings for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and we anticipate a stunning drawing that will transform the area. Meyers intends C Dear Member, these monumental drawings to be temporary, and the Museum’s will be on view through June 17, so catch it while you can. Jonathan Walz, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of American Art, has been working on a new installation of the Museum’s modern and contemporary collections that we are excited to unveil. The new installation in the Shorter and Leebern Galleries will include works that have not been on view recently, popular favorites, and new acquisitions. We anticipate that the installation will be complete by mid-December.

          The Museum’s Education Department provides history and arts-integrated lessons and activities throughout the year for students and teachers in the Muscogee County School District, as well as for other school districts in the region, private schools, and homeschool groups. This activity occurs on a near daily basis, and the Museum sees thousands of students over the course of the year. A feature in this issue of The Muse has more information about the outstanding work done by the Education Department’s staff.

          Response to our new affiliate group, the Alma Thomas Society, which has 32 members as of this writing, has been strong, and I am pleased to report that it continues to grow. Next year, members will meet to select an acquisition or acquisitions by African-American artists for the Museum’s collection. We are grateful and appreciative to members of the Alma Thomas Society for their generosity, which makes it possible for the Museum to continue to build a collection that reflects the entire history of American art.

          Holiday festivities at the Museum include the 28th annual Master Circle dinner on December 4, when we thank Master Circle, Collector Circle, Director Circle, and President Circle members for their generous support. Several people have told me that the Master Circle dinner kicks off the holiday season, and co-chairs Kathy Smith and Dusty Wellborn and their team of volunteers are hard at work to make the event spectacular. The Museum’s Young Art Patrons affiliate group is debuting a new event, the Holiday Highball, featuring the art of mixology on December 8. This event benefits the Museum and will be a great way to ring out the week and celebrate the season. I hope you’ll join us for the fun!


Marianne Richter

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