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New Richland County Library Partnership Grants Public Access to Columbia Museum’s Art’s Library in Columbia, SC

April 8, 2014

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The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) and Richland County Library in Columbia, SC, are expanding their partnership to increase community access to a special collection of books about art history, exhibition catalogues and artist biographies. Gathered by Museum curators and given by donors since the founding of the Museum in 1950, the CMA’s Lorick Library collection has been a non-circulating reference library that served primarily as a staff resource since 2001.

Materials from the Museum’s Lorick Library (richlandlibrary.com) are in the process of being carefully moved and integrated into Richland Library’s collection, and will be accessible to the community beginning in the summer of 2014. In honor of the Lorick family and Museum donors who have contributed books to the CMA over the years, a special bookplate will be added to each book – designating it as part of the Lorick Library collection.

Reflecting the strengths of the Museum’s collection, primarily European and American art, materials from the Lorick Library will be available for checkout for the first time at Richland Library, making them accessible for anyone in Richland County through the 11 Richland Library locations and its state-of-the-art website.

“This thriving partnership underscores the Columbia Museum of Art’s deep commitment to accessibility and learning and, through the extensive network of Richland Library, helps to bring new resources to the 400,000 citizens of Richland County and the Midlands,” said CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “By transferring this collection to Richland Library, it becomes available seven days a week and in the evenings.”

“We’re hopeful that by adding these resources to the Richland Library’s collection, more people will discover the arts and be inspired in new ways,” said Bob Gahagan, Richland Library board chair. “Our efforts to partner with the Museum allow both organizations to reach more people of all ages in our community and have a more meaningful impact.”

This move is the latest example of a joint effort by the Museum and Library to provide arts and literacy education for the community. Together they pioneered a hands-on initiative in 2012 that enabled all third graders from every Richland District One school to learn about Richard Samuel Roberts, an important South Carolina artist. The effort has since been expanded statewide to reach nearly 1,500 students each year. Regular “Hands On” art programs are also held at four library locations, allowing Museum and Library staff to combine art activities and storytimes – sparking children’s creativity and imagination. In October, the Library established a free wireless hotspot in Boyd Plaza outside the Museum-offering access to hundreds of users during the first five months the service was available.

“When art museums and libraries work together, they can give all students a strong start in learning through culturally rich and engaging opportunities as well as provide lifelong learning to adults,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This partnership allows the Richland County community access to resources that bolster the awareness and celebrate the appreciation of arts and culture from around the world.” The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses nearly 7,000 works and spans thousands of years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.

The Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 11 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library offers a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

For more information, visit (www.RichlandLibrary.com) or call 803/929-3440 or the Columbia Musuem of Art at 803/799-2810 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Adds Large Mural by Henry Mandell to Its Collection

April 8, 2014

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, has acquired a giant, wall-size painting, “Tatara Fire”, by New York-based artist Henry Mandell. The new acquisition was commissioned by the Museum in 2013 and made possible by a generous gift from the CMA’s young professionals membership affiliate group, the Contemporaries. The mural is the first digital painting to enter the collection of the Columbia Museum of Art. “Tatara Fire” is now on view in CMA’s second-floor atrium.

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Tatara Fire is a dazzling addition to the new installation of the Museum’s atrium that now displays contemporary works from the collection,” says CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “It is exciting to have this impressive work by Mandell on view. We kindly thank the Contemporaries, under the leadership of Asheley Scott, president, and Charles Appleby, vice president, for their generosity in bringing this painting to the CMA.”

Mandell employs novel techniques to create abstract paintings. He transforms the outlines of words and data gleaned from the Internet. The paintings are composed of thousands of letters that have been hand-traced, placed into fine art software, and then digitally painted by hand on a computer screen using a digital stylus brush. The artwork is then painted by a giant, ultraviolet inkjet printer using acrylic pigments. The words are intact, but the shapes have become a new visual language for the age in which we live.

“It is a deep honor to receive this commission and be a part of the wonderful collection of the Columbia Museum of Art,” says Mandell. “As a part of my series that looks at the theme of transformation through fire, this painting reflects the history of Columbia nearly 150 years ago when the city was burned and changed forever.  My work, although abstract in appearance, interprets more than 10,000 letters and words relating to the history of the city.”

Each colorful line in the work is a letter from stories of the historic burning of Columbia, as well as the ancient Japanese art of crafting jewel steel from ash and charcoal to make Samurai swords. A tatara is a large ancient Japanese kiln, or forge, built out of clay with an open top capable of smelting very pure steel from iron sand gathered from a volcanic site, mixed and melted with carbon charcoal. Beginning 1,000 years ago and peaking around the 1400s, artisans who had no technical tools were able to transform these raw materials into a pure form of steel that rivals any produced today in beauty, strength, and purity. Mandell researched the geographical coordinates of sites in Columbia that were destroyed, as well as those that were damaged, but survived, in the historic fire at the end of the Civil War. Text and data from this transformative event in Columbia’s history were wedded to the story of the steel being made in the tatara-something beautiful and strong resulting from something that was melted by fire.

Words and data are part of the artist’s palette. In this regard, the work is also about information as image. This highly individualized treatment of source material combines lines and colors into a rich visual metaphor about unleashing energy. The final artwork no longer refers to the literal flow of words, yet contains the vestige of their structure. “Meaning becomes tangled and repurposed into the visual language of abstract painting,” says Mandell

For more information on “Tatara Fire” and the CMA, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Design League Now Accepting Entries for Runaway Runway 2014 – Deadline is Mar. 21, 2014.

February 28, 2014

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The Columbia Design League, a membership affiliate of the Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, is now accepting entries for the seventh annual Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show. The deadline for entering the design competition is Friday, Mar. 21, 2014. Entry is open to everyone and each entry in the competition costs $30, with a reduced $15 rate for student designers. There is no limit to the number of designs that can be submitted by a designer. All designers must register online or at the front desk of the Columbia Museum of Art. The design competition is limited to 60 entries and entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis. All designers must be available for a mandatory rehearsal on Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 from 2-4pm.

Runaway Runway is a design competition in which designers re-imagine post-consumer trash into ultra-creative, sustainable fashion treasures. The event is Columbia’s premiere spring fashion show and highlights the value of recycling and living green. This fun and funky event attracts a wide audience – from the young, hip, and creative to long-time patrons of the arts in Columbia.

“Runaway Runway is a unique opportunity for anyone who loves design to hone their creativity and practice sustainability in a wildly fun way,” says Elizabeth Nkuo Johnson, President of the Columbia Design League. “We’re always thrilled to see what designers dream up each year. It’s never the same show twice. “

Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show takes place on Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014, from 8-10pm, at the Township Auditorium. Judges for this year’s event include Gwen Rawls, Italian shoe boutique owner and entrepreneur; Lisa Arnold, fashionista blogger; Victoria Cooke, Curator at the Columbia Museum of Art; and, Rasa Don, Grammy award-winning musician and producer. Judging criteria include: design, material re-use, construction, quality, overall effect and appeal, as well as live runway modeling of the entry.

This fundraiser allows the Columbia Design League to bring speakers from around the nation and around the corner to engage, challenge, and inspire us all to appreciate the impact of design on our lives. Join the Columbia Design League and become a part of Columbia’s dynamic community of citizens who are working for a brighter future by good design. Design League membership is $15 per adult or $25 per couple in addition to Columbia Museum of Art membership.

For information, registration, and tickets visit (http://www.columbiadesignleague.org/).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Announces a Free Admission Day and Extended Holiday Hours

November 19, 2013

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, kicks off the 2013 holiday season by offering a free day to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, from 10am – 5pm, along with extended holiday hours. The Museum’s special exhibition, “Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage,” celebrates American iconic and historic places and people with extraordinary photographs by this world-renowned photographer. The normal admission price of $12/adults, $10/seniors and military, and $5/students will be waived on this free day.

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“During this time of thanksgiving,” says executive director Karen Brosius, “we want to offer the opportunity for the public to come enjoy the entire Museum for free on Wednesday, when families and friends are getting together. We also give thanks to the council members of the City of Columbia and Richland County for their generous and steadfast support. This funding enables us to bring the arts into the lives of our community, and we are providing this additional free day in honor of their commitment to us.”

Extended hours begin Friday, Nov. 29 when the Museum is open until 7pm, and also in December over Christmas and the New Year’s holidays. In addition, the Museum Shop is open in December seven days a week with longer hours.

For more information on the holiday hours visit (www.columbiamuseum.org/visit).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Holiday Artisan’s Fair and Sale – Nov. 9, 2013

November 4, 2013

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Kicking off the holiday season in style, the CMA Museum Shop hosts its annual Holiday Artisans Fair and Sale with a dazzling array of handmade jewelry, ceramics, textiles, pine needle baskets, scarves, gourd birdhouses, ornaments, and more in a wide range of styles, designs, and pricing on Nov. 9, from 10am-3pm. Museum members receive an additional five percent off their regular Museum Shop discounts during the event and all purchases support the exhibitions and education programs at the Columbia Museum of Art.

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The Columbia Museum of Art is located at 1515 Main Street in downtown Columbia, SC,

For more information, call the Museum Shop at 803/343-2159 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers New Lunchtime Series

October 4, 2013

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Join artist Kathleen Robbins Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at the Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, at noon as she discusses her influences and shares insight into her photographic process in relation to the exhibition, “Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage”. Robbins’ gallery talk will be followed by a three-course lunch with wine, prepared by Chef Ryan Whittaker of 116 Espresso and Wine Bar.

Born in Washington, DC, and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Robbins has exhibited her photographs in venues such as the New Orleans Photo Alliance and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. In 2011, she was the recipient of the PhotoNOLA Review Prize and this summer was featured in “Garden and Gun” for her exhibition at the University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford. She currently resides in Columbia, SC, where she is an associate professor of art, coordinator of the photography program and affiliate faculty of Southern studies at the University of South Carolina.

The CMA’s new Salon Luncheon series unites the appreciation of fine art with the love of fine dining in a creative atmosphere. “People love our food programs,” says Leslie Pierce, CMA associate director of public programs. “Our recent Dinner and a Movie with Steven Naifeh and other dinners have been a great success. We are trying to bring that experience to an accessible daytime setting.”

Each course in the lunch will reflect in food either a piece in the collection or its artistic influence on Chef Whittaker. “I am excited that Columbia is ready to support new and innovative events like this one,” Whittaker says. “I look forward to future dinners and salon luncheons here at the Museum.”

The cost is $45 / $35 for members/non-members. Want to attend just the salon talk? Free with membership or admission.

For further information call the Museum at 803/799-2810 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

The Museum Shop at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Calls for Entries for Artisan Fair & Sale – Deadline Sept. 20, 2013

August 8, 2013

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The Museum Shop at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, calls for entries for the popular Artisan Fair & Sale, a juried event celebrating fine craft on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. This five-hour event kicks off the holiday season in the Museum Shop and attracts scores of curious shoppers anxious to pounce on bargains for their holiday lists.

Deadline to enter is Friday, Sept. 20, at 5pm.

Entry form and information are available at (www.columbiamuseum.org).

For more information about the Artisans’ Fair & Sale, call the Museum Shop at 803/343-2159.

ENTRY RULES AND INFORMATION

Artists ages 18 and older and working in three-dimensional disciplines are invited to apply. Two-dimensional artwork will not be accepted.

Mail a CD of .jpg photo(s) of your work to:
Columbia Museum of Art Museum Shop
Attn: Artisan Fair Entry
PO Box 2068
Columbia, SC 29202

Images must be in JPEG format and minimum 72 dpi (to be judged online).

A non-refundable $35 entry fee* must accompany a completed entry form. Make checks payable to Columbia Museum of Art. (*Does not apply to artisans currently selling their work in the shop)

All works entered must be original creations by the artisan and must be show ready by November 9 if selected.

Only 20 to 30 artisans are juried into the event per the jury’s discretion.

Entrants will be notified of acceptance by Sept. 30, 2013.

Columbia Museum of Art Celebrates 15 Years as a Downtown Catalyst on Main Street in Columbia, SC, with Free Admission and Tours on Thursday, July 18, 2013

July 8, 2013

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This month, the Columbia Museum of Art celebrates 15 years of being in its present location on Main Street in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC. As a thank you for 15 years of support, the CMA offers free admission and guided tours on the official anniversary, Thursday, July 18 from 11am until 5pm. In addition, the CMA offers the community the opportunity to save $15 on general membership during July. Details are available at (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Since moving to Main Street in 1998, the CMA has been a cultural anchor and helped to create a vibrant and energetic downtown. The CMA has greatly expanded its education and outreach efforts to reach a broader and more diverse base of visitors and patrons. The museum has also steadily increased its membership, donor base and attendance from all over the Southeast. The CMA’s most recent contribution to Main Street improvements was the installation of six large-scale banners featuring images from the collection, which invoke a sense of change and excitement.

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As a catalyst for downtown growth, the CMA has attracted businesses, residents and visitors to Main Street.

“The Columbia Museum of Art opens doors to arts, history and cultures that many citizens have no other way of experiencing,” Richland County Councilman Paul Livingston said.

We know that the arts are good for the vibrancy of our community and contribute to the quality of life of our citizens, but we also know that the arts are good for business.

“The blocks surrounding the CMA are sought after by new retailers, whose businesses benefit from the visitors drawn to the stellar programming offered each year,” Heather Spires, Vice President, Recruitment City Center Partnership said.

Because of increased programming and world-class exhibitions, the CMA tourism numbers are high, attendance is on the rise and cultural tourists are spending more money in restaurants and hotels than any other tourist demographic. The last economic impact study shows that the combined impacts of the direct operations of the CMA and the spending by museum visitors generated almost $23 million in economic activity in Columbia.

“For 15 years, the Columbia Museum of Art has been a vital partner in creating the vibrant hub of activity we see in Downtown Columbia today,” Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said. “Thanks to their vision and leadership, we are building a critical mass of creativity with the power to transform Columbia into a truly world-class city.”

As the largest art museum in the state, with the most significant international collection and exhibition programs, the CMA quickly became the leading art museum in the region and a must-see destination for tourists around the southeast.

“There is no right or wrong way to be at the CMA,” CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius said. “The crucial thing is to be here and to experience art in a unique way. To see things you’ve never seen before.”

For further info call the Museum at 803/799-2810 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Participates in Blue Star Museum Initiative

May 3, 2013

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces participation in the Blue Star Museum initiative, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27 through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.

“We are so grateful to all military families for their service and sacrifice. Free admission is our way to say thank you and to encourage a connection between the Museum and these families that can continue throughout the year,” Karen Brosius, CMA executive director, said.

This year, more than 1,800 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 450 new museums this year. This year, Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers and 75 children’s museums.

After May 21, 2013, check this link for participating museums (http://www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index-ongoing.php#list).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Free Admission on Sunday, May 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces free admission on Sunday, May 19, 2013, from noon until 5pm as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day. Last year, the CMA-along with more than 120 other AAMD member museums across North America-participated in Art Museum Day.

In 2012, AAMD launched an initiative encouraging visitors of all ages to share their experiences of Art Museum Day through social media. Last year’s event prompted an outpouring of responses with tweets, check-ins and personal responses from across North America. The CMA invites visitors to continue the conversation this year by sharing their perspectives via social media with the hashtag #artmuseumday.

The new exhibition, “Found in Translation: The Art of Steven Naifeh” will be on view and the catalogue is available in the Museum Shop. Ask for the TAP tour at the check-in desk for a fun and new multimedia experience to immerse yourself in the works. Guided tours of the CMA collection begin at 2pm. Details available at (www.columbiamuseum.org).

“Art museums bring communities together and engage people of every background in the shared exploration of human expression across time and cultures,” Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD, said. “AAMD is so pleased that the Columbia Museum of Art is joining us in celebrating Art Museum Day and is encouraging everyone in Columbia to participate and share their experiences in a public forum.”

Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD member museums. These member institutions-located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico-include regional museums as well as large international museums.

For further information call the Museum at 803/799-2810 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).


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