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Friends of African American Art & Culture celebrates 10th anniversary

June 3 annual meeting includes reception and tours of African American pieces at the Columbia Museum of Art

Columbia, S.C. – The Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC), an affinity group of the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA), invites the public to celebrate its 10th anniversary during the 2021 annual meeting on Thursday, June 3, at 5:30 p.m. Festivities include a reception on Boyd Plaza — where patrons can enjoy appetizers, a cash bar, and meeting and mingling with FAAAC board members — as well as curated tours of African American art on view at the CMA.

Attendees will learn about both the art and the artists as Dr. Nancy Tolson, FAAAC board member, CMA docent, storyteller, and assistant director of African American studies at the University of South Carolina, shares enthusiastic perspectives and historical context on each piece.

Tours will feature the CMA’s recently acquired pieces of African American art on view. They include Angela Davis and Martin Luther King (2017), two ceramic cups depicting the titular political activist and the late civil rights leader by self-proclaimed ghetto potter Roberto Lugo (b. 1981); a polished and welded steel sculpture, Tetramorphic Form (2018), by native South Carolinian Winston Wingo (b. 1952); a bronze sculpture, Reclining Nude (c. 1955), by Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012); and Symphony in Red (1988), a collage by Sam Middleton (1927–2015).

The FAAAC’s 10th anniversary reception will be held Thursday, June 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Boyd Plaza. Tours begin in the museum’s Reception Gallery at 6:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. and are limited to 10 participants each to ensure physical distancing. Advance registration for this program is required. $5 / free for FAAAC members.

FAAAC membership is available to museum members for $15-$25 depending on your membership category. For more information on the FAAAC, visit

About the FAAAC
Inclusive of all genders, ethnicities, and ages, the FAAAC was established as a member affinity group by the CMA board of directors in June 2011. Its mission is to educate, enrich, and inspire the community and visitors to the state while increasing engagement with members of the community interested in African American art and culture.

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 20,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit

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