Published on October 29th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Columbia Museum of Art November 2015 Calendar


Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story

On View through January 10, 2016
The Columbia Museum of Art presents an exhibition of 14 works examining American painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s intimate artistic epiphany experienced in South Carolina. Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story, the first exhibition to explore her time in Columbia, celebrates the 100th anniversary of O’Keeffe’s time teaching at Columbia College and the great untold story of her development as modernist. In 1915, Georgia O’Keeffe radically redefined herself as an artist. She found her voice with a series of black and white charcoal drawing she collectively titled, Specials. What happened next is the stuff of legend: Her Charleston friend Anita Pollitzer took these drawing, unbeknownst to the artist, and showed them to Alfred Stiegliz (noted American photographer, gallery owner, and promoter of modern art) who proclaimed, “At last, a woman on paper.” This was the beginning of one of the most important careers in all of American Art.”

Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina

On View through January 10, 2016
South Carolina has produced and nourished many “independent spirits,” women who work against the social grain to pursue modern and experimental means of artistic expression. Independent Spirits is a selection of approximately 30 works by women from across the state, celebrating the creativity of contemporary women artists. Whether they work in painting, sculpture, assemblage, ceramics, or installation, these artists represent the undeniable role that women play in shaping the future of arts.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story and Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina are presented through the generosity of Presenting Sponsors: First Citizens Bank, Joyce and George Hill, and Mungo Homes; Supporting: Joe and Melissa Blanchard, SCE&G, and Mr. M. Edward Sellers; Contributing: McDaniels Porsche, Dr. Gail M. Morrison, Ginny Newell and Bob Wilkins, and Ardis M. Savory; with additional sponsorship support provided by individual and corporate contributions; and the ongoing support of the City of Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Lucy Hampton Bostick Residuary Trust.

The Art of Joseph Norman
On View in Mamie & William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15 through January 10, 2016
African-American artist Joseph Norman is a Chicago native whose lithographs mesmerize the viewer with an exploration of dark human emotion and raw commentary on black life in America. The Art of Joseph Norman introduces two complete print portfolios: Out at Home: The Negro Baseball League, Volume I, and Patti’s Little White Lies. While Norman’s work is said to be concerned with social injustice, inequality, and conflict, it is equally about love, transformation, and self-reflection. The series are gifts from collectors Kerry and Betty Davis and Donnell and Dorothea Walker of Pennsylvania through the efforts of Delores Logan. Norman is currently a professor of drawing and painting at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, Georgia.

Original Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina
On View in BB&T of SC Gallery
Through January 10, 2016
Women have always made art, though in days past it was harder for them to exhibit and be recognized. The Columbia Museum of Art is celebrating the enormous contributions of women artists working today with Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina and it is important to remember the earlier women artists who blazed trails for them. Original Spirits: Early Women Artists from the Collection is a nod to the talent and accomplishments of artists in our state who staked a claim for the role of women not only in the arts, but as equals in every area of cultural and political endeavor.

Our Independent Spirit: Celebrating the Life and Art of Leslie Pierce
On View in the Community Gallery
Through January 10, 2016
As we celebrate the women artists of South Carolina the CMA focuses the community gallery on our own independent spirit. Leslie Pierce was with the museum for nearly 20 years before passing away this summer. She was a shining light for culture in Columbia and a beacon for the museum, all while being fiercely independent herself. This exhibition showcases her artistic talents, her sense of humor, and most of all the profound impact she had on those around her. This exhibition was made possible with contributions made to Leslie’s Legacy Fund.

CMA Docent Collective
On View in The Wells Fargo Interactive Education Gallery
Through January 10, 2016
The CMA has the pleasure of exhibiting works from our Docent Corps in our Wells Fargo Interactive Education Gallery. Many of our docents not only educate the public about our works on view, but are working artists themselves. This exhibition is a collective work of many of our docents showing off their artistic talents from oil paintings to recycled material dress designs.

To purchase tickets or register for classes, visit or call 803-799-2810.

Book a Tour and Save on Admission
Gather your friends and make a reservation to enjoy a docent-led or self-guided tour of the exhibition and save on admission. Hungry? Choose the tour with a lunch option or enjoy wine and cheese after your tour. Details at

School Tours
School group visits include an in-depth guided tour of Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story and Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolinaand a hands-on art project that connects to language arts, social studies, and key areas of the core curriculum. For more information contact CMA Education Manager Kayleigh Vaughn at 803-343-2163 or

Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides
Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to have fun in the galleries with interactive activities. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a compass, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. Themes include: pattern, color, shape, and the current exhibition. Ask for one at the visitor services desk.

Gallery guides are your source to family fun. Guides include insider information about some of the works and a gallery hunt to discover shapes, patterns, and more. Available for free in the CMA lobby.

Gallery Tour: Georgia O’Keeffe and Independent Spirits
Saturdays | 1:00 p.m.
Free with membership or admission
A guided tour provides an overview of Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story, the first-ever exhibition of 14 works examining the sources of this major American painter’s intimate artistic epiphany experienced in South Carolina,and Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina, an exhibition celebrating the creativity of contemporary women artists of South Carolina.

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection
Every Sunday | 2:00 p.m.
A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, and the American galleries.

About Face Drawing Sessions
Mondays, November 2 & 16: Topics vary | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, November 10 & 24:
Portrait Drawing | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Figure Drawing | 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Looking for a supportive and friendly environment to hone your artistic skills? About Face Drawing Sessions are for you! There’s no instructor, but there is a group of inspired artists, representing a wide range of abilities, who love to draw from the live model. Must be 18 or older to participate. Mondays: $12 / $10 for members / $5 for students. Tuesdays: $10 / $8 for members / $5 for students. Includes both sessions.

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party with Richland Library
Monday, November 2 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. Join the CMA and Richland Library at the museum for a party to help kick off a month full of writing. Free.

Gladys’ Gang: OK O’Keeffe!
Wednesday, November 4 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for some stories and songs, visit the Georgia O’Keefe: Her Carolina Story exhibition to look for different shapes, and enjoy art time in the studios where young artists make a nature scene. Free. Key topic: Shapes

Gladys’ Gang is a free, early childhood arts and literacy program for ages 2-5 that focuses on preparing children for kindergarten. Using art as a guide, children and their adult caregivers enjoy story time and a visit to the galleries followed by a hands-on art project in the CMA studios. The program is held the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Spaces are limited. Reserve your free spot in Gladys’ Gang at

An Evening Conversation with Makoto Fujimura: Culture Care
Wednesday, November 4
Cocktail hour 6:30 p.m. | Program 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Artist and author Makoto Fujimura argues for the importance of creating and conserving beauty as an antidote to much of our cultural brokenness, and asserts the need for cultural generativity in our public life. He also asserts that beauty is vital to the “soul care” of each individual, and offers a new vision for artists, supporters, and “creative catalysts” of the power of artistic generativity and generosity to inspire, edify, and heal. This program is offered in partnership with The Trinity Forum. To learn more, please contact the Trinity Forum Society at or 202-944-9881.
First Thursday: Meeting of Creative Writers’ Guild
Thursday, November 5 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
In honor of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) the museum invites Richland Library’s Creative Writers’ Guild to the museum for their annual meeting. The galleries are ideal for inspiration and make a perfect destination for a write-in. Free.

How to Tell Your Carolina Story: CMA Educator Workshop
Saturday, November 7 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Designed for small groups, this in-depth educator workshop gives participants an opportunity to explore the exhibitions, Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story and Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina to develop cross-curriculum lesson plans using visual art and visual literacy. Educators receive Professional Development Credit. $30 includes boxed lunch.

Passport to Art: On the Face of It
Sunday, November 8 l Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Put down the phone and pick up the pencil when you create a selfie- self-portrait, that is- during this FREE drop-in studio for families. Enjoy a self-guided tour or join the family themed tour at 1:00 p.m. Tour topic: Portraits.

CinéCola Film Fest
Sunday, November 8 | 2:00 p.m.
CinéCola is a community-wide French and Francophone Film Festival which originated from a collaborative desire to bring recent French and Francophone films to South Carolina in an effort to promote the French language and the cultural diversity of the Francophone world. The festival committee is composed of dedicated faculty from the French Program at the University of South Carolina and the Modern Languages Division at Columbia College. Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée, and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.
The family-friendly film screening will be followed by hot cocoa and cookies. Film in French with English subtitles. Free and open to the public.

The King and the Mockingbird / Le Roi et l’Oiseau (1980) Synopsis:
In this animated feature, two lovers- a chimney sweep (Serge Reggiani) and a shepherdess (Anouk Aimée)- live as characters in a painting owned by a ruthless king. In order to escape from the king, who is in love with the shepherdess, the characters emerge into the three-dimensional world outside their painted confines. The king is intent on capturing the duo for his own evil purposes, so the lovers seek assistance from the quick-witted Mr. Wonderbird.

ArtBreak with Tom Poland
Tuesday, November 10 | Café 10:30 a.m. | Program 11:00 a.m.
ArtBreak is a program that looks at art through a different lens. Each session features a speaker who gives insight into their worldview by sharing their interpretation of works of art at the CMA. This month, begin your morning at the museum with pastries and coffee sold at a pop-up café by Drip followed by a talk from local author Tom Poland, who discusses South Carolina as an inspiration in both his writing and the artwork of O’Keeffe. Free with membership or admission.

Columbia in Context: A Look at O’Keeffe’s Career with Cody Hartley
Friday, November 13 | Noon
Coming from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Cody Hartley presents on the work in the O’Keeffe exhibition and how her artwork from this period fits into the context of her career overall. Free with membership or admission.

Arts & Draughts
Friday, November 13 | 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Art, drink, and be happy! Enjoy beer tastings from The Whig, live music, O’Keeffe-inspired DIY art projects, food trucks, activities from Richland Library, Girls Pint Out, and Auntie Bellum magazine, photo booths, scavenger hunts, and unique perspective tours by master storyteller Shannon Ivey from Yo Mama Theatre. Presented by Cyberwoven. Sponsored by the The Whig, WXRY, and Free Times. $9 / $5 for members or renew your membership that night and get in free.

SC Women Artist’s Day
Friday, November 13 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All self-proclaimed women artists and their families enjoy free admission to the CMA on this day with the completion of a simple form declaring “I am an artist because…” At noon, Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine delivers an official proclamation and remarks in celebration of SC women artists and the exhibition Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina.

Joseph Norman: Images in Black and White
Monday, November 16 | 6:00 p.m.
The Art of Joseph Norman is filled with powerful work that reflects the artist’s own personal life growing up in Chicago while confronting larger issues of social inequality and black life in America. Hear the artist speak about the ideas and experiences that inform his complex and captivating prints. Sponsored by the Friends of African American Art & Culture, a CMA membership affiliate. Free.

FAAAC Reception with Joseph Norman
Monday, November 16 | Following the lecture
The Friends of African American Art & Culture invite you to attend a reception to welcome artist Joseph Norman to Columbia. Free. Cash Bar.

CMA Jazz on Main: Bringing It Back Home! An Evening with Trombonist Ron Westray
Friday, November 20 | Happy Hour and Galleries open 7:00 p.m. | Concert 7:30 p.m.
Ron Westray is best known for his work as lead trombonist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis and his collaborations with fellow trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, though he may be better known in the Southeast as a Columbia native. Westray has appeared in concert with such luminaries as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Benny Carter, Dewey Redman, Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker and a host of other pre-eminent artists. Joined by the Noel Freidline trio, Ron will bring his expertise as both a performer and composer to a hometown crowd, for what is sure to be an evening to remember. Individual Tickets: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students. Premiere Table Seating: $300 / 6 guests & 2 bottles, $200 / 4 guests & 1 bottle. Sponsored by Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina.


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