Columbus Museum of Art

480 E Broad St
Columbus , OH 43215
United States

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Folk Art Road Trip: Travels with Modernism’s Utility Infielder

From: 
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Until: 
Saturday, January 2, 2021

PAST EVENTS

William L. Hawkins: An Imaginative Geography

From: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Until: 
Sunday, April 28, 2019

Botanical Wonders

From: 
Friday, July 28, 2017
Until: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Botanical Wonders: Flower Figure Quilts 1850-1950 From The Donna And Rodney Wasserstrom Collection is an explosively tantalizing introduction to Donna and Rodney Wasserstrom’s generous donation to the Museum of some 400 quilts. The colorful graphics and intricate needlework of many of the quilts reflect the collectors’ keen eye for pattern and appreciation of exquisite execution.

Hats on the Silk Road: Selections from the Collection of Russell S. and Dona Fling

From: 
Friday, April 17, 2015
Until: 
Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

From: 
Friday, April 3, 2015
Until: 
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Counterpoint: Works by Folk and Self-Taught Artists at the Columbus Museum of Art

From: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Until: 
Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Essential Elijah Pierce

From: 
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Until: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

As the final exhibition in its celebration of the Columbus 2012 Bicentennial, the Columbus Museum of Art is proud to present the work of one of America’s foremost woodcarvers and folk artists, Elijah Pierce. Born in Baldwyn, Mississippi in 1892, Pierce began carving wood as a child. After a stint working as an itinerant worker, Pierce found a religious calling and received his preacher’s license in 1920. In 1923, Pierce moved to Columbus, where he married and opened a barbershop. Joining his love of woodcarving and his vocation as a preacher, Pierce continued making carvings and sculptures that took their subject from the Bible, American popular and folk heroes, and contemporary events such as the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. His narrative carvings soon came to be regarded as some of the most individual, personal, whimsical, and spiritual ever produced by an American folk artist.

The Columbus Museum of Art owns the largest holding of Elijah Pierce’s work in the country, and is proud to share a portion of this collection with the city of Columbus, where Pierce lived and worked for more than sixty years.