Legacy: 20 Years of Collecting by Museum Director Tom Butler

  • Swedish Girls
    Alice Neel
    1968
    1998.21

  • Study of a Blasted Tree
    Thomas Cole
    1841
    2001.16.3
    (representative of Brewer Gift/Purchase)

  • Soap Bubble Variant
    Joseph Cornell
    1956-60
    2005.23

  • Shapes of Landscape Space #3
    Stuart Davis
    1940
    1997.93

  • Sara and Her Mother with the Baby (No. 1)
    Mary Cassatt
    1901
    2005.14

  • Poem A
    Bill Viola
    2005
    2012.28.a-c

  • Open #14
    Robert Motherwell
    1967
    2000.13.3

  • O Freedom Ova Me
    Radcliffe Bailey
    1995
    1996.5

  • Newcomb Vase
    Sabena Wells and Joseph Meyers
    1903
    1998.35

  • My Daughter, Alice
    William Merritt Chase
    1898-99
    2000.2

  • Mother Earth
    John Flanagan
    1926
    1996.4

  • Morning Mist at the Mine Mouth (Monongah)
    Joseph Stella
    1908
    2010.134

  • Hermit
    Deborah Butterfield
    2004
    2005.34

  • George and Martha Washington
    Remdrandt Peale
    1855
    2012.26.1-2

  • Copious Whispering Snorter
    Stephen Rolfe Powell
    2007
    2013.37

  • Columbus Prisoner’s Cane
    Unknown Maker
    1868
    2002.37.a-b

  • Chasing Rainbow
    Leo Villareal
    2004
    gift of Marleen De Bode and Marc Olivié in honor of Tom Butler’s 20-Year Directorship

  • Bull Series #8 (Cody)
    Bull Series #8 (Cody)
    2010
    Promised Gift, Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA

  • Boat Installation
    Dale Chihuly
    2001
    2002.3

  • A Home in the Woods
    Sanford Gifford
    1868
    1999.6

Charles Thomas Butler was appointed Director of the Columbus Museum in 1994, and during the twenty years of his leadership the Museum’s permanent collection has grown from some 5,000 objects to more than 10,000. The quality of the collection has likewise increased, and our objects offer insight into the nation’s rich history from the late 18th century to the present. The collections represent the complex character, dynamic spirit and innovative ideas that have shaped American art and regional culture .

Butler has stated, “The Columbus Museum is a point of civic, state and regional pride which has sought always to meet the standards of excellence envisioned and upheld by the original founders. The citizens of Muscogee County, of Georgia and of the entire Southeast are the beneficiaries of the successes gained through the hard work of the donors, trustees, staff, volunteers and members. And it is to future generations, who should be proud to know of the legacy which has been given to them, that this history is offered .”

Special labels have been placed throughout the Museum’s permanent collection galleries to indicate objects that have been collected during Butler’s tenure, which spans one-third of the Museum’s 60-year history.  The full list of objects are also available online.

Below are twenty objects that represent the twenty years of collecting history during Butler’s tenure.

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