The home of legendary Columbus artist Aminah Robinson will be preserved to guide and inspire the growth of future generations of artists courtesy of a grant from the Columbus Foundation. Closing out its 75th Anniversary, the Columbus Foundation recently announced its award of a $200,000 grant to the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) at CMA’s annual “Columbus’ True Originals” event. CMA, which is overseeing the restoration project, was the primary beneficiary of Robinson’s estate. In partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, CMA will use the award to preserve Robinson’s home to serve as a site for future artist residencies.
The Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Residency will be awarded to an African American professional visual artist each year. Artists awarded the residency will receive a stipend and a space to work and live in Robinson’s soon-to-be restored home. Born in Columbus, Robinson depicted her love and respect for family and community through her work, ranging from sculptures and paintings to drawings and books. Her worldwide travels led Robinson to produce a series of art that often included a RagGonNon, a large and complex work of art that is often on cloth encrusted with buttons, beads, and other found objects.
Larry James, Managing Partner of Crabbe, Brown, and James, and former leader of the King Arts Complex, spearheaded the fundraising efforts for CMA to honor Robinson’s legacy through the preservation of her home. “It speaks to the integrity and commitment of the Columbus arts community and The Columbus Foundation for their commitment that future generations will share,” said James. “Aminah spoke to the world in a way that celebrates our humanity. We celebrate the iconic Ms. Robinson with reverence and pride.”