Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Jackson High Schools Removes Jesus Painting To Avoid Legal Fight
A southern Ohio school district has agreed to take down a painting of Jesus amid a legal challenge claiming that it’s an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity.
Jackson City Schools Superintendent Phil Howard said the decision to remove the portrait from a school hallway came because the district could end up paying significant legal fees and costs if it lost the lawsuit brought by two parents and a student.
American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio spokesman Nick Worner says the district voluntarily agreed to remove the Jesus portrait during a U.S. District Court hearing Tuesday in Columbus.
School officials say the portrait, which has hung in school hallways since 1947, is owned by a Christian-based student club and represents private speech.