Columbia Museum of Art May 2021 Calendar

SC Whitmore School Names Ashten Latta 2021 Employee of the Year
April 6, 2021
Historic Columbia and Wideman Davis Dance present Migratuse Ataraxia
April 6, 2021
Show all

Columbia Museum of Art May 2021 Calendar


Pressing Voices
On view through June 6, 2021
South Carolina has been home to an impressive array of printmakers creating works in a diverse range of styles. Pressing Voices brings together a group of artists showcasing styles and stories that illustrate how a centuries-old artistic process continues to inspire and endure. Pressing Voices is a companion show to the exhibition The Imaginative Worlds of M.C. Escher.

The Imaginative Worlds of M.C. Escher
On view through June 6, 2021
Images by artist Maurits C. Escher (1898-1972) fascinate audiences with their imaginative design, consummate draftsmanship, and dreamy visions. His mind-bending prints include subjects like infinite staircases, tessellating birds changing into fish and back again, and two hands drawing each other.

This is the largest private Escher collection on exhibition in the world and includes woodcuts, lithographs, drawings, and mezzotints. You will see his best-known prints as well as lesser-known works, spanning his entire career from his earliest print to his final masterpiece. You’ll also get a glimpse into the artist’s process with a woodblock study and lithographic stone. Collection of Paul and Anna Belinda Firos, Athens, Greece.

Presenting sponsor: Dominion Energy. Supporting sponsors: Susan Thorpe and John Baynes. Contributing sponsors: Jeffry C. Caswell, Caroline and Kester Freeman, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, and Mrs. Myrtle T. Robinson. Friend sponsors: Mary and John Kessler, Sam and Sandy McGuckin, Ann Marie Stieritz and John Carran, and The Weinkle Family. Patron sponsors: Robbie Barnett and Kathy Schaffer Olson, Barbara Boyd, Julie and Mike Brenan, Mr. and Mrs. David E. Dukes, Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Gimarc, Good Neighbour Foundation, Michelin North America, Mr. William C. Schmidt Jr., Brenda and Rick Wheeler, and Dr. and Mrs. Peter A. Zvejnieks. Media sponsors: Free Times, Grace Outdoor, and WXRY 99.3 FM. Grantors: City of Columbia, Richland County Government, South Carolina Arts Commission, and South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.

Assembly Required: Collage from the CMA Collection
On view through July 11, 2021
Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque famously “invented” collage as a fine art in the 1910s, and it is a particularly playful art form. Artists can arrange and affix paper, fabric, photos, and other found ephemera to a surface — the results ranging from purely abstract form to a collision of deliberate messages. This exhibition showcases hidden gems by little-known artists and recent acquisitions.

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

Book a Tour and Save
Gather some friends and enjoy discounted admission as you get an inside look at our exhibitions or collection with a docent-led tour. Due to the global pandemic, the CMA is currently offering extremely limited in-person tours. Groups must be between 10 and 15 individuals. Details at

School Tours
School programs are developed to align with classroom goals, align with key components of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate, and meet standards across the curriculum to ensure a well-rounded and engaging learning experience, whether online or in person. Choose from virtual field trip options, including live experiences with trained educators, pre-recorded video gallery tours, and asynchronous, interactive discussions. Check our website to see whether onsite tours are currently available. For more information or to book your experience, visit or contact us at 803-343-2163.

CDL presents Derby by Design at Plaza Downs
Saturday, May 1 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Place your bets and join CMA affinity group the Columbia Design League for a Kentucky Derby party on Boyd Plaza. Dress to impress in your derby best to sip on juleps, nibble derby fare, and watch the ponies live. Raise the stakes and enter our contest for best hat or bowtie — jump to the top of the leaderboard for designing your own! Advance registration required as space is limited to ensure physical distancing. Face coverings are required when not eating or drinking and while inside the museum. $85 / $75 for CDL members.

Virtual Talk: Getting to Know Escher Collector Paul Firos
Sunday, May 2 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Vimeo
The allure and mystery of collecting art fascinates us all. While it takes passion, expertise, resources, and tenacity, collecting is scalable and attainable for all who wish to learn. There are no better examples of avid collectors than Belinda and Paul Firos. Join CMA Executive Director Della Watkins for this live one-on-one interview with Paul as they talk about his fascinating life in Greece and the U.S., the chase of collecting, and his desire to share his collections globally. Paul explains his affection for M.C. Escher’s work and delves into Escher’s life, themes, and craftsmanship. Live Q&A follows the talk. Free. This talk is only available for live viewing.

Virtual Evening for Educators
Wednesday, May 5 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the CMA is offering up this session as a time to relax, restore, and refresh through art and mindfulness. Join us virtually for chair yoga with Stacey Collins, owner of City Yoga; a guided mindfulness artmaking session with Julie K. Hansard, a Columbia artist; and a thoughtful slow-looking experience in the CMA collection galleries with Curator of Education Glenna Barlow. Plus, get a sneak peek of upcoming exhibitions The Ironic Curtain and 30 Americans with Curator Catherine Walworth. Free. Registration is required and space is limited.

Small teacher appreciation gift bags including artmaking supplies, a candle from Kiroka Essentials, a cocktail/mocktail mixer kit, and CMA swag will be available at the CMA Welcome Desk for pickup Saturday, May 1, through Wednesday, May 5, or while supplies last. Limited to the first 50 teachers with teacher ID; one per person. One lucky kit includes a golden ticket good for a free teacher workshop!

Free First Thursday at the CMA
Thursday, May 6 | 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy free admission and extended hours courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Plus, head to the galleries at 6:30 p.m. to chat with our friendly docents about the art you see. Due to the popularity of The Imaginative Worlds of M.C. Escher, advance tickets are strongly recommended. There may be a small wait to enter the galleries.

Ask Me About the Art!
Thursday, May 6 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Get insight on art from our knowledgeable group of interpretive guides. Docents will be stationed throughout the galleries to chat and answer questions about works on view. Look for their “Ask me about the art!” buttons to learn more. Free with membership or admission.

Jazz Al Fresco
Friday, May 7 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Pete Neighbour Quintet performs swing music for the modern era in a free outdoor concert celebrating spring, and with it the return of outdoor seating for our downtown community on Boyd Plaza. Drop by any time during the concert to enjoy the music. Bring your lunch — or better yet, support our Main Street neighbors and purchase your food from them. In partnership with ColaJazz Foundation. Free. Seating is limited. Face coverings required when not eating and while inside the museum.

After the performance, come back to enjoy the warm weather in days to come! Boyd Plaza is the perfect place to hold an outdoor meeting, share a table for lunch, or just soak up the sun.

CMA Chamber Music on Main
Monday, May 10 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Vimeo
Tune in to the finale concert of the 2020–2021 season of CMA Chamber Music on Main with the return of some familiar faces. Fan-favorite Amy Schwartz Moretti and fellow violinist Melissa Reardon join CMA Chamber’s previous creative director and cellist Edward Arron alongside current artistic director and pianist Andrew Armstrong. These beloved musicians take you on a journey through the 19th-century masterpieces of Ernest Chausson, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Antonín Dvořák. Purchase tickets in advance to join us for this virtual concert. Ticketholders will receive an email with the Vimeo link for the concert as soon as tickets are purchased. $42 / $35 for members / $5 for students. Presented by Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Gimarc.

Baker & Baker presents Composer George Fetner
Thursday, May 13 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Galleries open 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Columbia’s own George Fetner premieres a new electroacoustic piece for chamber ensemble inspired by the exhibition The Imaginative Worlds of M.C. Escher. Drawing from the inherently musical elements in Escher’s work like repetition and development, tension and release, and paradoxical storytelling, Fetner’s new piece Three Worlds translates Escher’s art into a live concert experience on Boyd Plaza. Joining Fetner are Jeff Vaughn on percussion and Moses Andrews on keyboard, synth, and organ. Registration required as space is limited to ensure physical distancing; face coverings are required. $25 / $20 for members / $5 for students.

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.

Sponsored by the Baker & Baker Foundation.

Art Class: Woodblock Printmaking
Saturdays, May 15 and 22 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Woodblock carving and printing provide opportunities to see the world with fresh eyes. In this two-session workshop, students carve two complementary woodblocks and create a variable edition of color prints using multiple inking techniques and chine collé, a printmaking collage technique. No previous printmaking experience necessary; appropriate for beginners as well as advanced artists. All materials and equipment provided. Taught by artist Mary Robinson. Capacity limited to 10 participants to ensure physical distancing in the CMA studios; face coverings are required. Priority registration for members only through Wednesday, April 14. $120 / $96 for members.

Robinson is a longtime professor of art and director of printmaking at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. In 2020, she received the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award at UofSC. Her work is currently on view in the CMA Guignard Gallery exhibition Pressing Voices.

Virtual Lecture: Mathematics and the Art of M.C. Escher
Sunday, May 16 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. | Vimeo
In celebration of the complex works of M.C. Escher, the CMA welcomes mathematician and Escher scholar Dr. Doris Schattschneider for a virtual presentation followed by a Q&A.

Imagery in Escher’s graphic works not only makes obvious use of geometry, but often provides visual metaphors for abstract mathematical concepts. This illustrated lecture examines those mathematical concepts implicit in several of Escher’s works, outlines the transformation geometry that governs his interlocking figures, and reveals how this “math anxious” artist actually did pioneering mathematical research in order to accomplish his artistic goals. Free on Vimeo. This program will only be available for live online viewing.

Schattschneider holds a doctorate in mathematics from Yale University and has 37 years of experience teaching mathematics at university level, mostly at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her fields of interest are discrete geometry, tiling, and mathematics and art, especially that of Escher. She has lectured at over 100 campuses and conferences and written over 60 publications. Her most well-known books are M.C. Escher, Visions of Symmetry, and M.C. Escher Kaleidocycles.

Jazz Al Fresco
Friday, May 21 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Soda City Brass Band brings Nola to Cola in a free outdoor concert, one of the final three shows to celebrate spring on Boyd Plaza. Drop by any time during the concert to enjoy the music. Bring your lunch — or better yet, support our Main Street neighbors and purchase your food from them. In partnership with ColaJazz Foundation. Free. Seating is limited. Face coverings required when not eating and while inside the museum.

After the performance, come back to enjoy the warm weather in days to come! Boyd Plaza is the perfect place to hold an outdoor meeting, share a table for lunch, or just soak up the sun.

Trivia Night at the CMA
Tuesday, May 25 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Join us on Boyd Plaza to test your art smarts and general trivia prowess on topics and themes emerging from the CMA collection and beyond. Hosted by CMA staffers Wilson Bame and Dana Witkoski and featuring a special guest. Prizes for first, second, and third place, and most creative team name.

Registration required as space is limited to ensure physical distancing. Beer and wine available for purchase. Face coverings required while not at your seat and while inside the museum. 6-person table: $60 / $48 for members, 4-person table: $40 / $32 for members.

The Contemporaries present Picnic Pop Up
Sunday, May 23 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Local company Picnic Pop Up joins CMA affinity group the Contemporaries to create a downtown picnic party. Physically distanced pods of 4 or 8 people on Boyd Plaza give plenty of space to comfortably enjoy this exciting event featuring live painters, paint-with-your-pod activities, and music. Two separate seating times are available. Sponsored by Alexandra Madison Weddings. Face coverings required while not seated and while inside the museum. Entry into the CMA galleries included with your ticket; food and drink all inclusive. Due to the popularity of the Escher exhibition, there may be a wait to enter the galleries. Registration required by May 16. Pod for 4: $340 / $280 for Contemporaries members; Pod for 8: $680 / $560 for Contemporaries members.

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 Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA 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, and an entrance on Main Street. Overall, more than 15,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2 × five =

Millennium Magazine Columbia SC News