3 Major Art Exhibits Coming to Columbus Museums This Winter

A wide variety of artists and media will be featured in the Columbus area visual arts community this winter.

Over 70 artists will be featured in a retrospective of the history of the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Early works by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, who spent many years at Ohio State University, will be on display at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Plus, a group of local professional quilters will show off their craft at the Ohio Craft Museum, lighting up the gray winter with vibrant colors.


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From February 5 to May 8: “To Begin, Again: A Prehistory of the Wex 1968-89”, including an untitled piece from 1984 by graffiti artist Futura2000

“To begin, once again: a prehistory of the Wex 1968-89”


Details: A new exhibition will retrace the history of the avant-garde centre. The exhibition will feature pieces by more than 70 artists – works acquired or presented to the State of Ohio in the 1970s and 1980s. Included is art by American graffiti artist Futura2000, sculptor Eva Hesse, conceptual artist Adrian Piper, multimedia artist Sol LeWitt and painter, sculptor and printmaker Frank Stella.

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, from February 5 to May 8; closed on Mondays

Admission: $9; or $7 for seniors, faculty, and OSU staff; free for members, students, 17 and under, active military and veterans; free every Sunday and after 4 p.m. on Thursdays

Car park: Hourly rates in campus car parks

COVID Policy: Mandatory masks

Contact: 614-292-3535, www.wexarts.org

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February 6 to April 3:

February 6-April 3: “Kuumba Connection”, Ohio Craft Museum, including “Amani, Queen of Diamonds” by Wendy Kendrick.

“Kumumba Connection”


Details: Emerging and professional artists from Ohio have formed a group to share ideas and expertise during the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The result is “Kuumba Connection”, an exhibition of narrative quilts curated by Bettye Stull.

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 6 to April 3

Admission: To free

Car park: Free in the car park east of the museum

COVID Policy: Mandatory masks

Contact: 614-486-4402, ohiocraft.org

March 4 to June 5: "Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Marking 1948-1960","  Columbus Museum of Art, including

March 4 to June 5: “Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Marking 1948-1960”, Columbus Museum of Art, including Lichtenstein’s “Self-Portrait at an Easel”

‘Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making 1948-1960’


Details: This is the first major museum exhibition to study the early work of the famous 20th century American pop artist. Over 90 works in a range of media are included in this traveling exhibition. Born in New York, Lichtenstein spent his formative years in Columbus, including his college years, and was a professor at Ohio State University.

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 4 to June 5

Admission: special exhibit fee $7 for non-members plus regular general admission: $18 or $9 for seniors, students 4-17; free for ages 3 and under; $5 on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; free for veterans and active military members and their families

Car park: $5; free for members

COVID Policy: Masks and dated entry tickets are mandatory.

Contact: 614-221-6801, columbusmuseum.org

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus Art Museums Features Roy Lichtenstein, Quilts, Wex History

William E. Bennett