Posts Tagged ‘Columbia Museum of Art’

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Two Weeks of Free Admission – Sept. 23 – Oct. 3, 2014

September 19, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, opens its galleries for free admission beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, for “Free Days at the CMA.” During the 2-week period, visitors pay no admission to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions featuring hundreds of artworks to explore–from ancient to modern. As always, the Wells Fargo Education Gallery, the Solar Exploration Station, Art Explorer backpacks, and gallery guides are free for families to have fun in the galleries with activities.

Also FREE on view:

French Masters: Henri Fantin-Latour’s Jonquils and Narcissus (1885), Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Two Girls Wearing Hats (1890), and Georges Braque’s Still Life with Oysters (1938), all generously on loan from a private collection, are on view through the end of the year in the Andrew Kerns Gallery.

John Singer Sargent: Sargent’s Portrait of Mrs. Theodore Frothingham, Jr., a beautiful charcoal portrait by the famous artist on loan from John and Kay Bachmann, is on view in the “Portraits on Paper” exhibition in the BB&T Gallery.

“¡FUERZA! Artistas Latin@s in South Carolina”
On View in the Caroline Guignard Community Gallery September 23 through November 30, 2014. ¡FUERZA! visually explores the connections between domestic violence and the underrepresented minorities in the United States through the lenses of a cadre of Latin@ artists based in South Carolina.

CMA hosts an Opening Celebration of the new exhibition, “¡FUERZA!,” with live music by DJ Alejandro, tango, and cash bar at the Museum on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6-9pm. The event is free to the public.

“Tabletop Art History: Still Life from the Collection”
On View in the Mamie and William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15 through January 4, 2015. This intimate and colorful exhibition uses 24 still life paintings from the CMA collection, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Julie Heffernan, and Lionel Gilbert, to tell the story of American art.

“Main Street, South Carolina”
On View in the Wells Fargo Education Gallery through September 30, 2014. Main Street, South Carolina is an exhibition of South Carolina student photography capturing “main drag” streetscapes in counties across the state.

Free days are offered in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland County for their investments in the CMA and are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

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5th Annual Oktoberfest Presented by Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries in Columbia, SC – Sept. 18, 2014

September 10, 2014


The Contemporaries, a Columbia Museum of Art membership affiliate group dedicated to engaging young professionals in the arts and philanthropy, will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, from 5:30 until 8:30pm at Boyd Plaza in front of the Museum in Columbia, SC. This will be the Contemporaries’ membership appreciation event and will also serve to raise awareness for the group and its benefits.

The fun-filled event will feature live music from the Kenny George Band, a Budweiser beer wagon, and traditional bratwursts. Last year’s event attracted over 300 attendees to Columbia’s revitalized Main Street.

Oktoberfest is one of several events Contemporaries host throughout the year to encourage the young and the young at heart to become involved in supporting the Columbia Museum of Art. “The CMA is a premiere art institution and our goal is to excite and empower young community members to further its growth,” said Contemporaries’ President, Haskell Kibler. The Contemporaries have been integral to several art acquisitions for the museum, including its iconic Chihuly Chandelier.


Tickets are free for members of the Contemporaries and $15 for non-members. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine. Tickets will be available at the door.

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Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Artist Salon with Virginia Scotch – Sept. 5, 2014

August 27, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, presents the next Artist Salon with Virginia Scotchie, ceramics artist and head of ceramics at the USC Department of Art, at the Museum on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at noon. This year, the CMA placed an installation of Scotchie’s work entitled “Columbia Spheres”, consisting of 27 colorful spheres, on display in the entrance of the Dubose-Poston Reception Hall. She discusses the installation and her artistic process.


“The sphere has been a form that I have worked with off and on for the past nine years,” says Scotchie. “Its illusive simplicity, economy, and boundless visual associations permit me to work with the sphere in many ways. I respond to the minimal nature and play/humor quality of the sphere. I should also mention that I have three children and the plethora of toys, specifically balls, abounds in my everyday world. ‘Play’ is significant in this artwork!”

In “Columbia Spheres”, the sphere is used to create a minimalist repetition through the use of form, color, and arrangement. Within this visual repetition Scotchie pulls the viewer closer to inspect each sphere as they approach the installation. The juxtaposition of color and texture serves to separate, and at the same time, unite each sphere. The colors used for this installation represent Columbia’s abundance of lush nature and blue sky.

Scotchie’s sphere installations are found in the permanent public collections of the Yingee Ceramic Museum in Taipei, Taiwan; The Trinity Building in Charlotte, NC; A Loft in Asheville, NC, Queens University in Charlotte, NC, as well as in numerous private collections in the US and Europe. She currently has a year-long exhibition at the South Carolina State Museum.

The event is free with membership or admission.

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Final Kress Anniversary Lecture – Aug. 29, 2014

August 14, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first Kress gift of Renaissance, Baroque, and 18th-century art, which established the foundation of the Museum’s collection. The Kress Anniversary Lecture Series invites four scholars to the Museum this year to deliver lectures on topics that highlight our Kress Collection through their particular expertise in their field.


This final lecture in the series features Rebekah Compton, assistant professor of Renaissance and Baroque art at the College of Charleston. Compton’s lecture, “The Glory of Color: Pigments in Early Florentine Altarpieces,” explores the glorious colors of Giovanni di Marco dal Ponte’s Madonna and Child with Saints, paying particular attention to how the artist paints the flesh and clothing of his sacred characters. The Kress lectures are supported through a grant provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The lecture takes place on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at noon.
Free with membership or admission.

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

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Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Hosts Famed Art Collector Dorothy Vogel for Dinner and a Movie – June 27, 2014

June 19, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, hosts Dinner and a Movie with Dorothy Vogel, an epic evening with the renowned art collector on Friday, June 27, at 5:30pm. Dorothy Vogel joins guests at the Museum to enjoy cocktails, a viewing of the exhibition “Dale Trivieri’s Fantastic Animals: Selections from the Vogel Collection”, and an artisan dinner prepared by Chef Jamine Santiago. Following dinner and desserts is a viewing of the film “50 x 50″, the follow-up to director Megumi Sasaki’s 2008 award-winning documentary, “Herb & Dorothy”, about the New York collectors.


Low Country Broil
Old-fashioned tomato pie
Refreshing Vidalia onion and cucumber salad
Southern BBQ pulled chicken sliders
Sweet cornbread muffins
Buttered popcorn

Bar and Desert as well

Dorothy, a librarian, and her husband Herbert, a postal worker, became internationally recognized collectors of contemporary art and built a collection of over 4,500 objects spanning all media and covering the most innovative art movements of the late 20th century. In 2012, the Columbia Museum of Art received a generous and spectacular gift of nearly 600 works from their private collection, including a significant portion of work by Daryl Trivieri.


Daryl Trivieri’s Fantastic Animals features two dozen works on paper by an artist of wild imagination with tremendous drawing skills. Trivieri’s obsession with fantastic animal imagery is the subject of this whimsical exhibition.

“50 x 50″ captures the next chapter of the Vogels’ extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. This evening is to honor their gift and celebrate their dedication to the arts.

$100/ $75 for members. Couples tickets available: $175 per couple/ $125 per couple members.

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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


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 ( 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.

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

April 8, 2014


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.


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

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

February 28, 2014


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.

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

November 19, 2013


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.


“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.

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

November 4, 2013


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.


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 (


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