Past Exhibitions
  • St. EOM’s Pasaquan

    Eddie Owens Martin often said that his visionary art site Pasaquan was “where the past and the present and the future and everything else comes together.” Guest curated by Columbus State University (CSU) faculty and students, this exhibition offers an introduction to...

  • We Tattooed Your Father

    This exhibition explores the colorful history of tattoos in the Chattahoochee Valley, from Muscogee (Creek) warriors to Fort Benning soldiers and civilian residents. In addition to examining the talents of contemporary local tattoo artists, the...

  • Troublemakers & Trailblazers

    This exhibition presents the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures. Race, class, gender, and sexuality are the topics...

  • Reflections : African American Life from the Myrna Colley – Lee Collection

    Featuring 50 works including paintings, works on paper, photographs, and fabric works, Reflections presents the lives, traditions, and environments of African Americans from the 20th century to the present. It tells a highly personal story...

  • Legacy: 20 Years of Collecting by Museum Director Tom Butler

    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...

  • Gordon Parks : Segregation Story

    On September 24, 1956, against the backdrop of the Montgomery bus boycott, Life magazine published a photo essay titled “The Restraints: Open and Hidden.” Staff photographer Gordon Parks had traveled to Mobile and Shady Grove,...

  • Poetry of Earth: Works by Sally Bradley and Stephen Hawks

    The poetry of earth is never dead: When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead; That...

  • Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley

    Artist René Shoemaker has transformed the Galleria with an exhibition of large-scale silk paintings, on view until the July 2016. Shoemaker, a long-time resident of Athens, Georgia, creates hand-painted silk works that celebrate the distinctive character...

  • Once Collected, Always Cherished

    The Columbus Museum recently acquired several items from the collection of the late Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene. An avid collector of local historical artifacts for decades, Greene served on the Museum’s History...

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