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

            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...

  • Anna Betbeze: Dark Sun

    To create her current body of work–large-scale abstract painting on wool rugs–Anna Betbeze employs fire, water, acids, and colorful industrial-strength dyes. With vivid hues and battered sculptural surfaces, Betbeze’s works are layered and visceral. She...

  • Holograph: Women on Paper

    In celebration of Women’s History Month (March), The Columbus Museum has assembled some of its best works of art by female makers. Although conceived as a show of “works on paper,” that organizing principle will...

  • Work It Out: The Material & Visual Culture of Labor

    Most American employed full-time spend at least one-third of their day at their job. Labor-related issues, such as immigrant workers, the gender pay gap, and healthcare, are frequent headlines in today’s news. New technologies and...

  • “We Had Faces!” Stars from Old Hollywood

    Today, in an era when actors can be photographed by any fan with a cell phone, glamorous, classical Hollywood studio photographs may seem oddly alien. These perfect, precisely arranged, and frequently retouched photographs were extremely...

  • Close Up : Cinema Along the River

    The booming film industries of Georgia and Alabama have showcased the states’ communities on the silver screen for years, and the Chattahoochee Valley is no exception. Whether in Columbus, Phenix City, Fort Benning, or other...

  • From Flying Aces to Army Boots: WWI and the Chattahoochee Valley

    Once thought of as the war to end all wars, World War I ushered in a new era of global military engagements. The United States’ entry for the last 18 months of the war also...

  • Civic Spirit

    Using artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection, as well as objects from local residents and the Columbus State University Archives, this exhibition examines the growth of civic-minded organizations in 19th-century Columbus and their contemporary counterparts....

  • Common Grounds

    Columbus residents today know the South Commons as home to the Civic Center and Golden Park, but they might not realize that the city was once surrounded by a public greenbelt. This exhibition utilizes maps,...

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