Now through Sept. 15: 'Optimists and Activists: American Scene' exhibit on view at Columbus Museum

April 29, 2013 

"Optimists and Activists: American Scene – 1920-1950" exhibit is on view at the Columbus Museum. This exhibition features 20-25 prints from the Museum’s collection that represent the diversity of styles and subjects that encompassed American art from the 1930s-1950s. This important period in American art is often referred to as the “American Scene.” This compilation of works will provide the opportunity to examine first-rate examples of work by many of American’s most influential artists of those decades. The art touches on the very pulse of America during the tumultuous years of the Depression and World War II with a diversity of style and subjects that suggest the energy and creative spirit that defined those years. Enduring hardships of the Great Depression, these American artists were stimulated by national programs like the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and when federal funding was not available, their passion for visually relating the many stories that characterized America was undaunted.

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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