Chronicles: The Great Depression and the Pandemic

Nov 4, 2023-Mar 30, 2024

Featuring two series of photographs taken a century apart, this exhibition explores how resilience can be born out of times of national tragedy and how documentary photographers are a valuable part of capturing the past and present. Chronicles originated at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio and was co-curated by Dr. Christine Fowler Shearer and Arnold Tunstall.

Opening reception: Saturday, Nov 4, 6-7:30pm


77th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition

Aug 5 – Oct 15, 2023

Returning for its 77th year in 2023, the Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition celebrates our community and region’s creative spirit. Featuring more than 100 member artists, this year’s exhibition includes 134 works juried by Ramona Bronkar Bannayan, former Senior Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Opening Reception: Celebrate the opening with food trucks, live music, awards, and a cash bar on Saturday, Aug 5 from 6-7:30pm. Members free; non-members $5.


About the Juror

Ramona Bronkar Bannayan was the Senior Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum of Modern Art retiring in 2021 after 31 years. During her time there, Ms. Bannayan participated in two major museum expansions. As a member of the senior management team, she oversaw the planning of MoMA’s exhibition calendar each year which included more than 50 annual on-site exhibitions as well as developing collaborative exhibitions at venues worldwide. In addition, she managed MoMA’s collection of over 200,000 works of art. In the past, she has been the subject of a BBC podcast, In the Studio with Paul Kobrak, profiled in Frame magazine, and interviewed on NPR’s All of It with Alison Stewart.

Ms. Bannayan is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University, Museum Studies, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. She also serves on the Columbia University School of the Arts (SOA) Dean’s Council. An artist herself, she holds a BFA from Wright State University and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University, where she graduated with honors. Since graduation, Ms. Bannayan has maintained her studio practice. Her work has been included in exhibitions with Wolf Kahn, Lois Dodd, Emily Nelligan and Eric Aho among others.

No Such Thing As Strangers

Lelia Byron
May 6, 2023 – Jan 2024

Based on in-person interviews with Springfield residents, this exhibition explores how individuals create and define the meaning of “home” in both a local sense and when considering the world as a broader, global place to live. Lelia Byron’s large scale paintings and outdoor sculpture delve into a wide range of topics including memories, personal narratives, social issues, and how a city experiences change over time.

Lelia Byron is an interdisciplinary artist who makes paintings, murals, installations, sculptures, and public art projects. Lelia’s projects often include an investigative component and frequently begin with interviewing diverse groups of people around different topics related to human rights, environmental rights, the complexity of communication between individuals, and the creative process. Lelia has a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts (University of the Arts London).

Opening reception: Saturday, May 6, 1-3pm

Seeing Is Enough

Paul-Henri Bourguignon
Apr 7–Jul 16, 2023

Seeing Is Enough: Paul-Henri Bourguignon showcases the nearly seven-decades-long career of the late Columbus artist whose life was dedicated to capturing everything he saw around him. Encompassing his multitude of inspirations, this new exhibition highlights Bourguignon’s extensive travels, experimentations with Modern Art, and the eclectic home and marriage he built with his wife, renowned anthropologist Erika Bourguignon. Through this collaboration with guest curator Jane Hoffelt, this exhibition explores how for Paul, seeing was enough.

As a longtime neighbor and friend, Jane Hoffelt worked with Dr. Erika Bourguignon for 14 years, marketing artwork of late artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon. She has curated and developed more than 40 solo Bourguignon exhibitions in several national galleries and museums, including Columbus Museum of Art. After Dr. Bourguignon’s death in 2015, Hoffelt became Trustee of the Erika Bourguignon Charitable Trust which supports the Columbus Foundation’s Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon Fund for the Visual Arts. A Columbus College of Art and Design graduate, Jane Hoffelt has been Columbus Monthly Magazine art director, creative director for several ad agencies, and manager at three publishing companies.

Opening reception: Friday, Apr 7, 6-7:30pm, curator remarks at 6:30pm


Rachel Eng
Mar 11 – Nov 12 , 2023

Rachel Eng depicts geology’s change, decay, and regeneration over time in Debris, a new, unfired clay installation. Commenting on life cycles and the impact natural elements and humans have on the environment, Eng demonstrates how we can understand our future by studying the planet’s past.

Eng grew up exploring the deciduous forests of Rochester, New York. This inspired her work which grapples with environmental concepts such as climate change, land use, and development, and how each can be connected to memory. Eng received her B.F.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has completed several artist residencies, both national and international, and was selected as the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Emerging Artist in 2017. She currently works and lives in Carlisle, PA with her family and teaches in the studio art program at Dickinson College.


Laura Tanner Graham
Dec 3, 2022–Jun 4 2023

Featuring new work by Laura Tanner Graham, Dish presents a visual archive of the rituals, recipes, and traditions of different communities around the country. By exploring each community’s unique foodways, Tanner Graham examines and highlights the ways food can be used to better understand a community’s economy, social structure, political leanings, and, ultimately, its people.

Through her captivating drawings and installations, Laura Tanner Graham seeks to uncover the edits and omissions take from dominant historical narratives through the lens of a Southern female perspective.

Since receiving her MFA from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Tanner Graham has shown work in several national exhibitions. She serves as the Producer and Co-Host of The Open Call, a podcast featuring conversations with contemporary artists. Originally from Georgia, Tanner Graham now resides in Boca Raton, Florida where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History at Florida Atlantic University.

Mirror Mirror

Oct 22, 2022– Mar 19, 2023

Mirror Mirror looks at contemporary women artists who focus on issues of identity – as a woman, artist, mother, wife, and/or daughter. Curated by Dr. Christine Fowler Shearer, this exhibition brings together 60 works by artists around the country. Mirror Mirror was organized by Fowler Artistic and the Springfield Museum of Art.

Opening reception with lite bites, cash bar, and curator remarks: Saturday, Oct 22, 6-7:30pm

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
National Endowment for the Arts

Wild & Tenacious

Beth Edwards
Oct 1, 2022 – Apr 23, 2023

Beth Edwards meticulously captures every minute detail of nature’s foliage and flora in this series of hyper-realistic, magnified paintings of floral bouquets and garden oases. Painting with a vibrancy matched only by real life, Edwards seeks to preserve the fleeting colors, light, shadows, and negative spaces that imbue the natural world.

Beth Edwards is a full-time artist working in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and her MFA from Indiana University. With a career spanning over 30 years, Edwards has earned multiple awards, grants, and commissions. She has exhibited and taught in several states across the U.S., including at the University of Dayton and University of Memphis.

Lake Valley by Rachel Rose

Sep 17, 2022 – Feb 26, 2023

Our next collaboration with Art Bridges, Rachel Rose’s Lake Valley is a film installation combining collage, found footage, and repurposed materials. Together, the fantastical scenes Rose creates serve as the setting for a narrative tale in which a lonely, rabbit-like pet explores a nearby forest while looking for friendship. Object on loan from Art Bridges.

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76th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition

Jul 30 – Oct 2, 2022

The Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition returns for its 76th year in 2022. Participation is open to all members of the Museum and the show highlights works by all ranges of talent.


About the Juror

Deidre Hamlar is the Director of the Aminah Robinson Legacy Project at the Columbus Museum of Art. In this role, she develops inspirational exhibitions and public programs centered around Robinson’s artwork in addition to maintaining Robinson’s library, archives, and home studio. Having earned a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from Howard University Law School, Hamlar has merged her two passions: social justice and the arts, into a multifaceted and prolific career, additionally serving as a lawyer, arts administrator, artist’s representative, and independent curator.