CMA and #JJ Community Present Largest Museum Exhibition of Mobile Photography

For Immediate Release:
December 17, 2014

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303


(Columbus, OH) The Columbus (OH) Museum of Art and the #jj Community present #MobilePhotoNow, the largest mobile photography exhibition ever organized by a museum, February 6 – March 22, 2015. #MobilePhotoNow highlights the emerging art form of mobile photography and the impact of social media and smart phones as a means of creative expression.

“One of our goals at the Museum is to foster creativity,” said Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMA Executive Director. “#MobilePhotoNow speaks to that goal and to our commitment to innovation and our belief in the transformative power of art. ”

“Smart phones and social media have dramatically changed photography,” said Jennifer Poleon, CMA Digital Communications Manager and organizer for #MobilePhotoNow. “People all over the world can experiment, create and connect thanks to the camera we carry in our pockets.”

#MobilePhotoNow  is the next evolution in CMA’s ongoing initiative to connect people to art and each other. In 2012, CMA was the first museum to present an exhibition drawn entirely from Instagram. CMA used its critically acclaimed exhibition The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936 – 1951 as the inspiration for a series of photo hunts. The prompts, based on the assignments the original Photo League artists gave one another, generated more than 800 submissions and gave life to an installation of 30 works in the Museum’s Community Gallery.

The energy generated by the Photo Hunts attracted the attention of Josh Johnson whose #jj on Instagram is one of the world’s largest and most active communities of photographers. CMA and #jj Community partnered throughout October to post themed photo challenges that engaged the mobile photography community. More than 5,000 photographers from 89 different countries submitted nearly 45,000 images. The resulting exhibition, co-presented by CMA and #JJ, will feature more than 300 images from nearly 230 photographers representing 40 different countries.

Related Programs

Mobile Photography Workshop
February 6, 2015 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Join us for an exclusive workshop with Josh Johnson and Kevin Kuster of #jj community.  Learn tips and tricks that will help you grow as a photographer. Experiment with photo apps. Find out how to take better portraits and candid shots of friends, families, and models.  Get tips on how to get your photos noticed on Instagram and other mobile platforms. Then, join Josh and Kevin for a one-on-one photowalk included with the workshop. Workshop is $60 for nonmembers, $50 for CMA members. Space for this workshop is very limited. To guarantee a seat, please register early at

Mobile Photography Panel Discussion
February 6, 2015 2:00 PM
Join CMA’s Jennifer Poleon along with Josh Johnson and Kevin Kuster for a panel discussion on mobile photography.  Cost of the program is $15 for nonmembers, and free for CMA members. To guarantee a seat, please register early at

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation  provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit


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