From Swords to Plowshares: Metal Trench Art from World War I

March 10-July 15, 2018
Galleria Cases

  • Decorated artillery shells
    Courtesy of Hollingsworth Fine Arts

  • Bullet sculpture
    Courtesy of Hollingsworth Fine Arts

  • Artillery shell officer's cap
    Courtesy of Hollingsworth Fine Arts

  • TA.361

  • TA.344

  • TA.325

        From Swords to Plowshares offers a glimpse into the dazzling array of objects known as “trench art.” This term applies to any item made by soldiers, prisoners of war, or civilians from war material or any other material associated with armed conflict. The functional and decorative objects included in this exhibition focus particularly on metal art forms. Makers of trench art utilized artillery shells, bullets, shrapnel, aircraft parts, currency, and other miscellaneous metal scrap and applied materials. Their ingenuity and skill resulted in pieces from primitive decorated artillery shell cases executed in trenches to elaborately embellished artillery shell lamps, cigarette lighters, and ashtrays exhibiting extraordinary craftsmanship. From Swords to Plowshares demonstrates the rich variety of styles and techniques of decorative metalworking that were utilized during World War I. Trench art by makers from the following countries are featured: United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Italy, and Hungary.


This project is supported by the Edward Swift Shorter Bequest Fund, and Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.

Look @ Lunchtime
Aug 14 @ 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

LOOK! @ Lunchtime is a collaborative viewing exercise and dialogue centered on works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Jonathan Frederick Walz, Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art, facilitates LOOK! discussions every second Tuesday to explore a new object each month.

Featured object: Charles Curran, Self-Portrait, 1892

Alma Thomas Society Cochran Collection Closing Reception
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Summer Concert Series
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We are turning up the heat in the Museum with the Summer Concert Series.  Throughout the summer, the arts collide with music provided by local and regional bands and free guided tours of the Museum’s collection provided by staff and docents.  Bring a picnic dinner or purchase one from one of our featured food trucks.

Featuring: Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence Jazz Band

“Dancing on the Edge of the Abyss” Exhibition Closes
Aug 19 all-day
Young Art Patrons Purchase Party
Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We are excited to bring contemporary artist Jarrett Key to the Museum to create a work on site that will be acquired through the YAPs’ fundraising efforts to add to the Museum’s collection. Key has close Columbus ties as a native of rural Alabama and graduate of Brookstone School. He left the South to attend Brown University. Since moving to New York, Key has been featured in performances, biennales, residencies, publications, exhibitions, and workshops at NYU Tisch, galleries in Brooklyn, Chelsea, LES, Harlem, Boston, Ljubljana and Shanghai. Key’s work is in the collections of the Schomburg Center, MoMa Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Library, among other institutions. The HAIR PAINTING series has been featured at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Harlem Arts Festival in Marcus Garvey Park, as well on television: SLAY TV, and CBS 2 NYC. Using his own hair, Key will paint in front of a live audience using an original soundscape that he creates. The Museum will acquire the work created during the performance.


Those who donate $50 or more towards the purchase are invited to a private reception prior to the performance. To make a donation or join the Young Art Patrons Affiliate group, please contact Morgan Wilson at or 706-748-2562 ext. 540.



Teen Yarn Sculpture Workshop
Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Instructor: Liz Lovin

Participants will draw inspiration from the knitted sculptures of artist Nathan Vincent to create their own large scale yarn sculptures in the studio.

Register by August 17;


“Eddie Dominguez: Garden of Eden” exhibition opens
Sep 1 all-day
Look! @ Lunchtime
Sep 11 @ 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

LOOK! @ Lunchtime is a collaborative viewing exercise and dialogue centered around works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Jonathan Frederick Walz, Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art, will facilitate LOOK! discussions every second Tuesday. Each month a new object will be explored.

Featured object: Eddie Dominguez, Hope Rosary, 2005-2012 

Rothschild Distinguished Speaker Series: Mark Dion
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us as we welcome world-renowned artist Mark Dion to the Chattahoochee Valley. The recipient of the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award (2008), Dion will present a visual overview of his many installation projects, as well as insights into his working process. The Columbus Museum has commissioned the artist to create a cabinet about the natural history of the local region entitled A Gentleman Collector in the Local Chattahoochee River Valley. A collaboration between the Columbus State University Department of Art and The Columbus Museum, the presentation will be followed by a reception.

RSVP by September 10

Hot Glass Date Night (4-6pm session)
Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Instructor:  Kelly Robertson, Calvary Glass

Looking for something fun and creative to do on your next get-together with that special someone, your bestie, or maybe even a family member?  Then this hot-glass “date” night is for you.  You and your companion will learn how to gather, heat, and shape molten glass into beautiful forms for a one-of a kind piece of art! Each person will make at least one piece, choosing from the following items: flower, paperweight, heart or ornament, and more.  No previous experience is required and this session is available for beginner, intermediate, or advanced students. Only one individual in each pair should register, as the fee includes both participants. Registration will be available soon.

Register by September 7;



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