City of Columbia, SC, Declares Nov. 13, 2015, Women Artists’ Day

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The Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, is honoring South Carolina’s wealth of creativity and celebrating our female artists in conjunction with the exhibition “Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina”, on view through Jan. 10, 2016.

On Friday, Nov. 13, all self-proclaimed women artists and their families enjoy free admission to the CMA with the completion of a simple form declaring “I am an artist because…” At noon, Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine delivers an official proclamation declaring Nov. 13, 2015, S.C. Women Artists’ Day in the City of Columbia.

“The City of Columbia is excited to honor South Carolina’s women artists on this special day,” says Councilwoman Devine. “Georgia O’Keeffe and women artists have made an invaluable contribution to the cultural landscape, and we hope residents and visitors will take the opportunity to explore the extraordinary, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story and Independent Spirits” exhibitions at the Columbia Museum of Art,” also on view through Jan. 10, 2016.

The CMA’s current exhibitions put a focus on how women are pioneering voices in the arts. Georgia O’Keeffe sheds light on how one of the most iconic female artists in American history came into her own in Columbia, South Carolina 100 years ago. “Independent Spirits” showcases women working in every medium who are carrying on the spirit of O’Keeffe in South Carolina today. “With these landmark exhibitions that tell the stories of women in the arts who have contributed so much to our state, we want to also give back to the women artists working in our Columbia community,” says CMA Deputy Director Joelle-Ryan Cook.

The full list of artists in “Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina” is: Mary Bentz Gilkerson, Mary Edna Fraser, Doni Jordan, Elizabeth Keller, Diane Kilgore-Condon, Kimberly LeDee, Anna Redwine, Kathleen Robbins, Kirkland Smith, Tonya Gregg, Mary Robinson, Deanna Leamon, Susan Lenz, Karen Ann Myers, Renee Rouillier, Aldwyth, Jeri Burdick, Alice Ballard, Rebecca Davenport, Jan Dreskin-Haig, Pat Callahan, Aggie Zed, Janette Grassi, Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Jane Nodine, Laura Spong, Katie Walker, Bri Kinard, Diana Farfan, Eva Carter, Beverly Buchanan, and Virginia Scotchie.

To learn more about “Independent Spirits”, visit (http://www.columbiamuseum.org/exhibitions/independent-spirits). Columbia Museum of Art

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

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