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.
Worth a visit for all ages. The museum has some outdoor pieces you can see when walking in from the parking lot and a kid friendly space on the first floor. They encourage interaction in some areas with pencils and paper to add your perspective. They offer free admission on Sundays, with the exception of the special exhibition. There is also a restaurant in the space. This is not a very large museum and you could probably spend about 2 to 3 hours here at most.
The Columbus Museum of Art is an underrated gem in downtown Columbus. It has a good variety of art and many wonderful things for children. Most of the galleries have some sort of interactive children's element to them. Whether it's making your own replica, using emoji's to describe art and other things. On top of this they have a kid's room with crafts and touchable artwork. They also have an arts and craft room where you can use their supplies to make your own artwork to take home. It's a very well done museum that has art for adults and entertainment for kids.
Visited CMoA on Sunday which is free. Specifically went for the Impressionist exhibit which was only $6. The exhibit was fantastic and although there was a line to get into the exhibit the line went very quickly. The coat room was also convenient so I didn’t have to carry around my heavy winter coat. Great museum with some beautiful pieces (included an Allison Saar installation & painting from the exhibit).
We went to see the Post-Impressionist exhibit, which was lovely. As for the other exhibits, I was struck by the lack of any art which I would consider classical...ancient, medieval, etc. Perhaps it was in storage to make room for this special exhibit. The building was open and easy to navigate in a wheelchair. However, parking was so crowded we had to park in the farthest overflow lot. Might I suggest designating some of the nearest spots for not just disabled but wheelchair only spaces?
Pretty nice art museum. To be honest, there aren't a lot of great museums in Columbus. This is one of the better ones. Plus it's free on Sundays (at least for now), which is awesome! I first visited in 2012 and was not that impressed. To be fair, it was partially under construction at the time. When I came back in 2017 it was much improved, inside and out. The exhibition of local artists was particularly interesting. I still prefer the art museums in Cleveland and Cincinnati both in terms of architecture and collections, but Columbus is catching up!