What you missed in Columbus for Feb. 7

Winter Storm Landon dumps ice and snow; Columbus Museum of Art's director set to retire; RNC dubs assault on Capitol 'legitimate political discourse'; and more from the weekend.

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
National Weather Service indicated that around 3.3 inches of snow fallen overnight after two days of rain, freezing rain and sleet after Winter Storm Landon rolled through Columbus. Two cars stuck along Dublin Road in Columbus, Ohio on February 4, 2022.

Over the weekend, Nannette Maciejunes, executive director of the Columbus Museum of Art for the past 20 years, announced she will retire at the end of the year. "We have been on quite a journey together. Your trust and support of the Museum has made all the difference in what we have been able to accomplish," Maciejunes said in a statement.

The museum's board of trustees has begun a search for a new director. Last spring, Alive caught up with Maciejunes to talk about CMA's pandemic struggles and what the future holds for the museum. "Everybody is exhausted, because you just feel like this year has been forever,” she said in April. “But at the same time, there's this new capacity to address systemic issues and to approach them in new ways.”

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On Friday, at a meeting in Salt Lake City, the Republican National Committee described the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol as "legitimate political discourse" and voted to censure Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, both of whom have been outspoken in their condemnation of the riot and of former President Donald Trump's lies about the free and fair election of 2020.

In November of 2020, Alive examined the "inevitability and dire consequences of 'Stop the Steal.'" "We cannot have a functioning democracy if a sizable percentage of the population [are] living on two different planets. It's not possible. And that's something that should scare Republicans as much as Democrats,” said Whitney Phillips, assistant professor of communication and rhetorical studies at Syracuse University and co-author of You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polluted Information. “If we can't figure out how to get that under control, we lose the United States."  

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Winter Storm Landon pounded Columbus with ice and snow over the weekend, leading to unpassable roads and lots of cancellations. The city's snow removal crews began clearing residential streets on Saturday night. Snowfall accumulation in Central Ohio ranged from 3.3 to 6.5 inches.

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Today, the Washington Post highlighted The Home We Know, a photo book by Columbus photographer Ben Willis. "There is a palpable sense of kindness, caring and love in Willis’s images, both from behind and in front of the lens," writes Post photo editor Kenneth Dickerman, describing the work as "celebratory and so full of affection and compassion."

Last year, Alive spoke to Willis about similar work he made for a duo show at 934 Gallery, as well as a series of nude self-portraits Willis exhibited during a group show at CCAD's Beeler Gallery.

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As Axios reports, tonight Columbus City Council is expected to pass an operating budget of more than $1 billion, the largest in city history.