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Published on May 14th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Columbia Museum of Art June 2019 Calendar

EXHIBITIONS
 
Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas
On view June 14 – September 8, 2019
Mimi Kato draws on the rich history and visual traditions of Japanese culture as well as the absurd everyday elements of contemporary life and merges them in imaginary landscapes. In her lengthy artistic process, Kato photographs herself as a range of costumed characters—from everyday Japanese citizens to fantastical creatures in the forest—and embeds these images into large photomontages. Her work is narratively complex and darkly humorous.
 
Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas is presented through the support of our generous sponsors. Supporting Sponsors: Susan Thorpe and John Baynes. Friend Sponsors: Kathleen and Kirkman Finlay. Patron Sponsor: Bill Schmidt.
 
Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Inflatable Art
On view June 14 – September 8, 2019
Jimmy Kuehnle is a performance and sculpture-based artist who creates large-scale, high-tech inflatables that expand our notions of abstract art. For this exhibition, Kuehnle is filling four exhibition galleries with touchable, interactive environments using inflatables that combine, sound, light, space, and texture to create unexpected experiences for visitors as they move under, through, and around these works. Kuehnle is also creating a bright pink inflatable sculpture that will project dramatically out of our façade’s architectural grid overlooking Boyd Plaza, literally spilling out into the city as a calling card to the wonder inside.
 
Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Inflatable Art is presented through the support of our generous sponsors. Supporting Sponsors: The Contemporaries of CMA. Contributing Sponsors: Haynsworth, Sinkler, Boyd; Quackenbush Architects + Planners; and Carolina Conservation. Friend Sponsors: Kathleen and Kirkman Finlay, Mr. and Mrs. Kester S. Freeman, Jr., and ReNewell,Inc. Fine Art Conservation. Patron Sponsors: Bill Schmidt, and Hotel Trundle. Additional support from Sheila and Tony DiCioccio.
 
Shades of Greene: The Art of Sanford Greene
On view through June 23, 2019
Sanford Greene has worked professionally in comic illustration and related industries for over 15 years, including work for mainline publishers Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image Comics. His most recent work with Marvel series Black PantherLuke CagePower Man, and Iron Fist have made him well known in the comic-book scene, but his work is multidimensional. Exploring his versatility as an artist and illustrator, this exhibition also features Greene’s newest series Bitter Root, an epic tale about a family of monster hunters set in the Harlem Renaissance.
 
Latinidad: Latin American Art from the Collection
On view through September 1, 2019
Latinidad: Latin American Art from the Collection features 20 rarely seen gems from the collection made between the 1950s and early 1990s by artists born in Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, including Roberto Matta, René Portocarrero, Ruffino Tamayo, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. With styles and influences on view including Mexican folk art and Surrealism, the installation also showcases a complete 1953 portfolio by important print collective Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño (Center for Puerto Rican Art) and contemporary photography by Jorge Otero.
 
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
To purchase tickets or register for classes, visit columbiamuseum.org or call 803-799-2810.
 
Book a Tour and Save
Gather your friends and enjoy discounted admission as you get an inside look at our exhibitions or collection with a docent-led tour. Details at columbiamuseum.org/visit/tours.
 
School Tours
Student programs support classroom instruction and meet state standards by providing opportunities to engage with works of art and culture from around the world. Using visual thinking strategies, our docent-led tours encourage the use of 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and visual literacy while touching on the three key areas of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate: world class knowledge, and life and career characteristics. Hands-on art-making sessions focus on the creative process, introduction to different art materials and techniques, and encouragement of self-expression while connecting to ideas discussed during the tour. For more information, contact us at 803-343-2163 or visit columbiamuseum.org/learn/educators/field-trips.
 
CMA Summer Camps
Ages:  4 – 7 | 8 – 12 | 13 – 18
This summer, the CMA is offering a variety of unique camps to capture the interest of any young artist. Having your child participate in summer camps is a great way for them to think creatively, practice problem-solving skills, and have fun! With updated galleries and three new studios, the CMA has more summer camps than ever before for children ages 4 – 18.
 
Camp Pricing
Ages 4 – 7: $200/ $160 for Solo members and above
Ages 8 – 12: $225 / $180 for Solo members and above
Ages 13 – 18: $250 / $200 for Solo members and above
The CMA also offers needs-based scholarships. Call 803-343-2170 to learn more about donating to the fund.
 
Lunch Buddies: Many camps for ages 8 – 12 have the Lunch Buddies option, which means these campers can stay all day from morning camp through afternoon camp. Lunch Buddies bring their own brown bag lunch, must be registered for both morning and afternoon camps, and pay a $25 fee. 

Tiny Textiles    
June 10 – 14 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 4 – 7
Instructor: Dana Witkoski
From little looms to wee weavings, young artists explore the many ways to create fantastic art with fibers. Dress for a mess as we work with natural dyes!
 
Mini Museum  
June 10 – 14 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 8 – 12
Instructor: Jackie Adams
Learn the basics of gallery design as you get inspired by CMA collection and exhibition spaces. Create a model exhibition from start to finish in your very own One Room Challenge.
 
Print Basics
June 10 – 14 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 8 – 12
Instructor: Katie Chandler
Using the collection galleries as inspiration, campers learn about a variety of printmaking techniques and experiment with relief, monotypes, collographs, and suminagashi.
 
Modern Urban Muralism
June 10 – 14 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 13 – 18
Instructor: Cedric Umoja
Review the history of modern urban murals, from late ’60s proto-graffiti to ’80s train writing to the explosion of street art in the ’90s and 2000s and more. Students explore, design, and create a mural from inception to completion.
 
Rhythm and Hues
June 17 – June 21 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 4 – 7
Instructor: Sherrie Belton
Rhythm and hues. Timbre and tempera. Beats and brushwork! In this weeklong jam session, campers groove in the galleries exploring works of art with sound, remix their favorites, and create their own masterpieces inspired by chart-topping hits.
 
Dynamic Drawing
June 17 – June 21 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 8 – 12 
Instructor: Mary Hendrix
Campers explore new drawing media and strategies, improve their drawing abilities, and increase confidence when creating art. Get inspired sketching inside and outside the museum with time-tested techniques to make drawings come to life.
 
Jewelry Making            
June 17 – June 21 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 13 – 18
Instructor: Allison Cicero Moore
In this beginner metalsmithing and jewelry making class, campers gain the primary skills to create their own metal jewelry, including making rivets, applying texture to metal, and even experimenting with cuttlefish casting. 
 
Heroes and Villains      
June 17 – June 21 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 8 – 12 
Instructor: Rachel Bird
Create a comic book story from start to finish. Draw characters and environments to tell a story with pictures using storyboards, play drawing games and, of course, read great comic books!
 
Drawing Basics            
June 17 – June 21 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 13 – 18
Instructor: Mary Hendrix
From figure drawing to shading and perspective, campers learn the basics of 2D composition with media ranging from pencils to charcoal. Get inspired sketching inside and outside of the museum with time-tested techniques to make drawings come to life.
 
Arty by Nature  
June 24 – June 28 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 4 – 7 
Instructor: Glenna Barlow
Artists and scientists are both trying to learn about the world using their senses. This week our group of naturalists learns about capturing the outdoors by examining masterful landscapes. Experiment with using natural resources to create art materials, hear from park rangers about how to make the most out of green spaces, and much more.
 
Painting Principles
June 24 – June 28 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages  8-12
Instructor: Mary Hendrix
This camp explores paints from tempera to watercolor and beyond. Campers learn about different styles of painting throughout the centuries and even paint on easels en plein air like modern-day Impressionists.
 
Bookmaking Bootcamp
June 24 – June 28 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 8 – 12 
Instructor: Allison Cicero Moore
Practicing basic bookbinding techniques, campers learn how to prepare paper for handbound books, gain familiarity with bookbinding tools, and discover the skills necessary to start a new hobby.
 
Painting
June 24 – June 28 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 13 – 18
Instructor: Mary Hendrix
This camp explores paints from tempera to watercolor and beyond. Campers learn about different styles of painting throughout the centuries and even paint on easels in plein air like modern-day Impressionists.
 
Gallery Tour: Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Inflatable Art and Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas
Saturdays, June 22, and 29 | 1:00 p.m.
Experience dynamic and playful works of art from two contemporary artists (who also happen to be married). In Wow Pop Bliss, Jimmy Kuehnle fills four galleries with touchable, interactive environments using inflatables that combine sound, light, space, and amplifiers to create unexpected experiences for visitors as they move under, through, and around these artworks. In Ordinary Sagas, artist Mimi Kato photographs herself as a vast range of characters with theatrical poses — from everyday Japanese citizens in suburbs to fantastical creatures in the woods — and embeds these images in large, colorful archival pigment prints to explore a range of contemporary issues. Free with membership or admission.
 
Gallery Tour: CMA Collection Highlights
Each tour sheds light on the collection from a different angle. Free with membership or admission.
 
Gallery Tour: Carolina in the Collection
Sundays, June 2 and 23 | 1:00 p.m.
Discover the rich artistic tapestry of South Carolina. See works by artists in our state and treasures that once adorned local homes. Learn about the Charleston Renaissance, Catawba pottery, and artists right here in Columbia while you explore works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Samuel Roberts, Osamu Kobayashi, and more.
 
Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection
Sundays, June 9, and 30 | 1:00 p.m.
Get a glimpse into the story behind the art: the science to create the materials, the lives that shaped the artists’ views, the thought process that leads a museum to acquire a piece, and the care required to keep a work of art in excellent condition for thousands of years.
 
Gallery Tour: Cornerstones of the Collection
Sunday, June 16 | 1:00 p.m.
From corner to corner, see key works in the collection from East to West and from ancient to modern. This tour includes gems by artists like Botticelli, Monet, and Warhol, along with the first piece ever purchased by the CMA.
 
Play on the Plaza
Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come out and play on Boyd Plaza with the CMA! Join us every Saturday to build and create with our big blue blocks, perfect for guests of all ages and abilities. Try out our design challenge or use your imagination to tap into your engineering ingenuity. This project was supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation. Free.
 
Play on the Plaza with Historic Columbia and Girls Rock Columbia 
Saturday, June 8 
Join Historic Columbia to explore Columbia’s historic Main Street through fun, interactive activities. Reconstruct portions of Main Street with Legos, color historic maps, participate in a hands-on guessing game of historic professions found on Main Street, and become a WWII airplane spotter. Learn about Historic Columbia’s upcoming ’90s themed summer camp as we battle with Pokémon cards and learn the phat dances from the last decade of the 20th century. Plus, unleash your inner ’90s Riot Grrrl with Girls Rock Columbia’s instrument petting zoo, ponder your dream band name with a magnetic poetry board, and make your own patch and buttons to complete your rock look. Join GRC staff and volunteers for Rock ’n’ Roll Aerobics as they gear up for youth camp week in July.
 
Walking Tour: Main Street Columbia
Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Offering more than 150 years’ worth of architectural trends, Columbia’s Main Street is a physical legacy of its citizens’ aspirations and accomplishments. Join Historic Columbia to see the city’s oldest “skyscraper,” an IBM-punch-card-inspired office building, and the State Capitol. Walk through Columbia’s first indoor shopping mall and learn how an old department store became an art museum. Allow approximately 60 minutes for this tour. Meet at Boyd Plaza 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation. $10 / $5 for CMA and Historic Columbia members / 17 and under free. No preregistration; walkup tickets only.
 
Focal Points: Proud Perspectives
Saturdays, June 1 and 8 | 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 6 | 7:00 p.m.
In celebration of National Pride Month, Docent John Tomashek (June 1 and 6) and CMA Education and Engagement Assistant Elizabeth Houck (June 8) each take a queer eye to the CMA collection as they explore themes of sexuality and gender through art. These tours address some mature topics; recommended for adults and teens accompanied by an adult. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of staff and tour guides. Free with membership or admission.
 
Baker & Baker presents Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Jazz Celebration of Stevie Wonder with Noel Freidline
Saturday, June 1 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
Stevie Wonder is undoubtedly one of the most prolific, successful, and influential artists of the 20th century, with 20 number one hits and 22 Grammy Awards. His songs have been covered in just about every genre imaginable — a testament to his genius. Renowned jazz pianist and bandleader Noel Freidline returns to the CMA with featured vocalists Maria Howell (The Color PurpleHidden FiguresThe Hunger Games) and Adam McKnight (Elton John, Maroon 5), guitarist Eric Brice (Chaka Kahn, Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills), and saxophonist Juan Rollan (Billy Cobham, Al Green). 
 
The Baker & Baker series is devoted to highlighting diverse musical performances, ranging from Baroque music with harpsichords to avant-garde music played with nontraditional materials, and showcases musical excellence in its many forms. Presented through the support of our generous sponsors: Nancy and Rick Layman, Howard Gilman Foundation, Becky and Earl Ellis, Barbara B. Boyd, Bonnie and Harry Goldberg, and Holiday Inn & Suites – Columbia Airport. Four-person tables (includes one bottle of wine): $300 / $240 members. Limited individual tickets: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students.
 
Boyd Plaza Sonatas with The South Carolina Philharmonic 
Tuesdays, June 4 and 11 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Music starts at 6:00 p.m.
Join us as we welcome The South Carolina Philharmonic for a two concert series on the newly renovated Boyd Plaza. The SC Phil mixed-strings ensemble performs three 45-minute sets of classical favorites and some pieces possibly new to you. Featuring an exciting selection of small plates for sale by Bone-In Barbeque and a cash bar with wine spritzers and local craft beer by The Whig. Free. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
 
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: It’s Primary 
Wednesday, June 5 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
This month we explore primary colors — red, yellow, and blue — in Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #992 and other spots around the museum. Key topic: primary colors.
 
This program is specially designed for 2- to 3-year-old participants and their adult companions as a way to explore art through movement and play. It includes story time, gallery exploration, and a creative studio activity related to the art exploration theme. Siblings welcome! Free. Registration required for all participants as space is limited.
 
Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Thursday, June 6 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Come experience an evening filled with art! Enjoy improv with The Mothers of Trustus Theatre at 6:30, a Focal Points: Proud Perspective tour at 7:00, and a book signing with artist Sanford Greene, whose art is on view through June 23, from 6:00 – 8:00. Greene’s new comic book Bitter Root will be available for purchase as will signed prints. Plus, bands and a pop-up beer and wine garden from The Whig on the newly renovated Boyd Plaza. Cash bar. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation. Free admission all day courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
 
Stop-In Studios
Saturday, June 8 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Get creative in the CMA’s new studios at this drop-in for all ages held on the second Saturday of every month. Make your own comic inspired by the works in Shades of Greene: The Art of Sanford Greene. Free with membership or admission.
 
Art Class: Intro to Character Design 
Saturdays, June 8, 22, & 29 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of character design in this three-part class, taking inspiration from Shades of Greene: The Art of Sanford Greene. Taught by freelance illustrator Criss Mitchell, who has worked on Marvel comics such as Power Man and Iron Fist as well as card illustrations with Upper Deck. Mitchell currently teaches at Cellar Studio in Columbia. Ages 15 and up. All supplies and equipment provided. $90 / $72 for members.
 
The Contemporaries Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 12 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Join CMA affinity group the Contemporaries on Boyd Plaza for complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres as we celebrate a successful year and look ahead at what’s to come. Free for Contemporaries members; please RSVP to attend. Memberships available for purchase at the door.
 
Members’ Opening Party for Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Inflatable Art andMimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas
Friday, June 14 | 7:00 – 9:00pm
At 7:30, Cleveland-based artists Mimi Kato and Jimmy Kuehnle join Curator Catherine Walworth in conversation about their artistic careers, the curatorial and experimental process, and exciting new leaps in their work. RSVP by June 7 to 803-799-2810 or www.columbiamuseum.org. Student, Avant-Garde, and Solo memberships admit one; Duo admits two; Trio admits three. Guests of members $25. Doors open at 7:00. Cash Bar.
 
Unpacking Themes with Artist Mimi Kato
Saturday, June 15 | 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Join us in the galleries as featured artist Mimi Kato talks about her solo exhibition Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas, including her bold new series Wild Corporation. The 11:00 a.m. tour is in her native Japanese, while the 1:00 p.m. tour is in English. Free with membership or admission.
 
SEPF Inaugurating Piano X Concert featuring Conrad Tao
Monday, June 17 | Galleries open 7:00 p.m. | Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for the 2019 Southeastern Piano Festival‘s inaugural concert, Piano X. This recital reimagined showcases Conrad Tao, a rising star of the New York City music scene and a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” (New York Times). Tao will present an eclectic program juxtaposing Beethoven and cutting-edge music of today. Tickets and more information at southeasternpianofestival.com or sepf@mozart.sc.edu. $20 / $5 student tickets and free tickets for 18 and under available one hour before show.
 
Focal Points: Art ’Stache
Tuesday, June 18 | 11:00 a.m.
Join longtime docent Ann Holtschlag in a hirsute pursuit. Take a closer look at the mustachioed mavericks and bearded bros that populate the CMA collection and examine the various connotations of facial hair through the ages. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of the staff and tour guides. Free with membership or admission.
 
Gladys’ Gang Preschool Edition: It’s Primary 
Wednesday, June 19 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
This month we explore the primary colors — red, yellow, and blue — and how they can be used to create other colors. On our art walk we’ll take a closer look at Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #992 and other spots around the museum. Key topic: primary colors.
 
This program is specially designed for 4- to 5-year-old participants and their adult companions as a way to explore art through play and inquiry. It builds skills for kindergarten readiness through story time, gallery conversations, and a creative studio project related to the art exploration theme. Siblings welcome! Free. Registration required for all participants as space is limited.
 
Arts & Draughts
Friday, June 21 | 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Art, drink, and be happy! Enjoy art projects, printmaking with USC’s Ink & Paper, scavenger hunts, unique perspective tours of the collection and Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagaswith Shige Kobayashi, a pop-up with Transmission Arcade, and more! Hang out in The Cross Hatch, an interactive space for all ages. Live music from the Boomtown Waifs, King Vulture, and Dumb Doctors. Cash bar provided by The Whig featuring beer by Steel Hands Brewing. Food available for purchase from A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen, Los Chicanos Food Truck, and Curiosity Coffee Bar. Presented by: Cyberwoven. Sponsored by: The Whig, Estates & Companies, Free Times, Hotel Trundle, MacMogul Real Estate Consulting, and WXRY 99.3 FM $10 / $5 for members. Join or renew membership or volunteer that night and get in free. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
 
Art Class: Hand Building Pottery Basics
Saturdays June 22, 29, and July 13 | 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Creating with a flat slab of clay is one of the most versatile pottery techniques, applicable to beginning through intermediate artists. In this three-part workshop, students use slabs to make a variety of works, from tiles to serving pieces, bowls, cups, and pitchers, incorporating decorative elements by adding or subtracting clay. Then add color to the fired pieces using a wide range of methods. Taught by local educator Clare Scurry. Ages 15 and up. All materials and equipment provided. $100 / $80 for members.

Chaye Alexander presents Live at Boyd Plaza
Sunday, June 23 | Galleries open and free 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Concert 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
Experience an evening of music on the beautiful new Boyd Plaza. Chaye Alexander — creative producer, former broadcast talent, and owner of the popular performance venue Chayz Lounge — partners with the CMA for a dynamic outdoor concert series. The second concert features saxophonist Luis Alas, an impressive musician known for unique and danceable performances that mix smooth jazz, Latin, rock, and funk. Cash bar. Food available for purchase. Free. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
 
Stretching the Frame: Unconventional Ekphrastic Poetry Writing Workshop
Wednesday, June 26 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
View and discuss the paintings that influenced Adam Vines’ ekphrastic poems and his various approaches to writing poetry about visual art. Then go into the galleries, draft poems influenced by what you see, and share them with workshop leaders Adam Vines and CMA Writer-in-Residence Ray McManus for feedback. $15 (includes one copy of Vines’ book of ekphrasis poetry Out of Speech). Registration required as space is limited.
 
Family Fun Night
Friday, June 28 | 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Show starts at 5:00 p.m.
Join us on Boyd Plaza for an evening of outdoor family fun. Columbia Children’s Theatre performs Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a one-hour version of the classic fairy tale with a bear-sized helping of music and mayhem. Come early or stay late to enjoy design challenges, games, and art activities. Food available for purchase from Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles. Free. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
 
Self-Care Sunday
Sunday, June 30 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a relaxing and restorative Sunday on Boyd Plaza with mindful movement and yoga sessions beginning every half hour from 9:00 to 10:30. At 11:00, join Docent Bauer Westeren for The Art of Balance, exploring light and dark, chaos and calm, and decadence and austerity in the CMA collection.  At noon, Shannon Ivey of #WhatSheSaidProject leads Theater of the Oppressed exercises — theater techniques and games that seek to motivate people, restore true dialogue, and create space for participants to rehearse taking action. Treat yourself with 10% off in the CMA Shop. Stroll an open-air market featuring Soak and Soy, Things by Demetria, and Apothecary by Kelsey Pearle, with food and beverages available from A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen, The Favored Life Kombucha Bar, and Curiosity Coffee Bar. Free. All ages welcome. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.
About the CMA    The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA recently underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, an entrance on Main Street, and a revamped CMA shop. Overall, more than 15,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit www.columbiamuseum.org.


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