Columbus Museum of Art
Misson and Values:
Community: Means we’re open to all and celebrate the rich diversity of our stakeholders – from staff, volunteers, and members, to the public at large.
Integrity: Means we demonstrate trust and respect in what we do every day – from our stewardship of art to our commitment to lifelong learning.
Advocacy: Means we are fierce and proactive champions of art. We strive to preserve, share, and celebrate art in all walks of life.
Quality: Means that from the quality of our collections and exhibitions (and programs) to the quality of life in our community, we strive for the ideal.
Creativity: Means we champion new and different ways of thinking and doing. We celebrate the process and results of creativity. And we provide opportunities for people to cultivate and discover the value of creativity in their own lives.
Columbus Museum of Art’s mission is to create great experiences with great art for everyone. Whether we are presenting an exhibition, designing an art-making activity, serving a lunch, or giving directions to a visitor, we are guided by a belief in advocacy, quality, community, integrity, and creativity. We believe that art speaks to each and every one of us in different ways. Art inspires. Art challenges. Art thinks.
Approximately 200,000 people tour the Museum each year, many participating in programs designed for diverse audiences from school children to scholars. Art begins a conversation within ourselves and our community. The Columbus Museum of Art is where that conversation begins.
CMA houses art that speaks to diverse interests and styles. We have an outstanding collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and European modern art. Our collection includes spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism. We are also recognized for extraordinary regional collections such as the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce and the world’s largest repository of paintings and lithographs by Columbus native George Bellows, who is widely regarded as the finest American artist of his generation.
In 2001, the Museum acquired The Photo League collection which includes photographs by artists Berenice Abbott, W. Eugene Smith and Weegee. In 2005, the Museum acquired the Philip and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930–1970, considered to be, according to Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator of Smithsonian American Art Museum, “unquestionably the most important collection of its kind in the country,” The collection includes works by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Ben Shahn, Lucile Blanch, Lucienne Bloch, Moses Soyer, George Tooker, Paul Cadmus, Jared French, Rockwell Kent, and George Grosz. Today a commitment to contemporary art, folk art, and photography continues the Museum’s dedication to showcasing art of our time.
The Museum also presents a rich menu of traveling and CMA-organized special exhibitions that reflect the diverse voices in our community. Noteworthy exhibitions organized in part or whole by the Museum include Symphonic Poem: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, the first retrospective exhibition of Columbus artist Aminah Robinson; and Illusions of Eden: Visions of the American Heartland, chosen by the U.S. State Department as one of only three Millennium projects to tour outside the United States to help promote political, economic and cultural ties and exchanges.
A series of exhibitions inspired by CMA’s permanent collection have garnered critical and popular acclaim including Renoir’s Women, Edgar Degas: The Last Landscapes, and In Monet’s Garden: The Lure of Giverny. An emphasis on collaborations with organizations such as The Ohio State University, Ohio Arts Council, Franklin Park Conservatory, COSI, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Phoenix Theater Circle, CAPA, and Greater Columbus Arts Council further enhances Museum exhibitions and programming.
I've been to the Columbus Museum of Art dozens of times. This past visit was the first time I've been since they opened the new expansion. To be completely honest, it was nice, but I wasn't that impressed. There didn't appear to be "that much" art. There were a few gallery rooms empty so I'm sure they were either moving things around or awaiting new art. Either way, I'll return in the future.
Sundays are free - it's a wonderful day to see amazing works of art. The workers are very nice. If you're not into art, it's not a place to visit more than 2-3 times a year tops. I went there yesterday and I remembered a lot from my visit earlier in 2017.
Amazing museum. Great new facilities. Bob showed us around and was awesome. Very concise, knowledgeable, and just a good guy. If you want to explore some art with a great, clean experience... come here
Lots of great exhibits. They have lots of great activities there as well. Lots of super nice paintings and art pieces. They also have puzzles there of the paintings on display which is great for kids and adults. Some nice fountains outside as well.
We found this place on a Sunday when it was free entrance. They have some very fine pieces of art like some of my favorite artist Monet. Was surprised Columbus can afford to have a museum like this. Really enjoyed the kids/hands-on-stuff... they had to tell us to leave when they were closing and we were still engrossed in meant for kids activities :) Also really good cafe - and that it's pricey is to be expected at a place like this I suppose.