May 16: Elizabeth Johns, professor emerita of art history from the University of Pennsylvania, speaks at Columbus Museum

April 29, 2013 

The Columbus Museum hosts Rothschild Distinguished Speaker Elizabeth Johns, professor emerita of art history from the University of Pennsylvania at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, May 16. To accompany the Museum’s current exhibition, Winslow Homer in America, Johns will provide an illustrated lecture on Homer's life, the culture of his era as seen in his wood engravings, and his development as an artist from his wood engravings to his mature paintings. Johns, has taught courses on all eras of American art and written more than 100 articles and book reviews, including Winslow Homer: The Nature of Observation (California, 2002), an analysis of Homer’s images of the Civil War in the context of his other work and his own northern commitments. Most recently, at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Dr. Johns curated the exhibition Circuit of the Summer Hills: Mourning the Losses of the Civil War (January 2010 to February 2011), which included paintings and prints by both Union and Confederate veterans, as well as wood engravings of the war’s effect on families by Winslow Homer from Harper’s Weekly. It's free.

The museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA, is free to visit. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 706-748-2562. Learn more at

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