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

November 5, 2015

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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).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Lecture on Georgia O’Keeffe with Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Cody Hartley – Nov. 13, 2015

October 29, 2015

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, will offer the lecture “Columbia in Context: a Look at O’Keeffe’s Career with Cody Hartley” Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at noon.

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Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Director of Curatorial Affairs Cody Hartley

WHAT: The Columbia Museum of Art hosts a lecture with  Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Cody Hartley to provide a framework for understanding O’Keeffe’s life beyond the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story. In “Columbia in Context: a Look at O’Keeffe’s Career,” Hartley offers insight into how the early pieces featured in the exhibition shaped the artist’s career and fit into her overall body of work, as well as how they relate to O’Keeffe’s position as an American modernist.

WHEN: Friday, November 13, 2015, at noon – Free with membership or admission

WHERE:
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For more information, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers “Artist Salon: Nature in Independent Spirit” – Oct. 23, 2015

October 15, 2015

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Columbia artists featured in the exhibition “Independent Spirits: Women Artists of South Carolina”, Mary Betz Gilkerson, Doni Jordan, and Kirkland Smith present a salon talk to discuss their art as it relates to nature and South Carolina as a source of inspiration. These artists bring unique experiences with nature to this talk, whether their work represents nature, uses elements of the natural world as artistic materials, or reflects on the human impact on our environment.

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WHEN: Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at noon
Free with membership or admission

WHERE: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia, SC

For more information, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Adds Works by African-American Artists to Its Collection

September 13, 2015

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces the acquisition of art by Tyrone Geter, Charles Ethan Porter, and Joseph Norman, three prominent African-American artists all new to the collection. Porter’s 19th-century still life, Norman’s contemporary lithographs, and Geter’s recent large-scale drawing collectively help tell the story of African Americans in South Carolina and in American history. For over four decades, the CMA has been committed to exhibiting African-American art and cultural heritage. The museum’s collection includes work by more than 30 African-American artists, including Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, Betye Saar, SC artist Leo Twiggs, Carrie Mae Weems, and others.

Tyrone Geter’s “I Don Old, I Don Tire But I Ain’t Done Yet”, a gift made possible by Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin J. Gimarc, is a powerful charcoal drawing. Geter, who has worked and exhibited across the United States as well as in Nigeria, is a teacher of drawing and painting and manager of The Ponder Fine Arts Gallery at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. The charcoal drawing is from Geter’s series “Ain’t I a Woman” that examines the role of African-American women in culture and community, and is inspired by Geter’s own mother. He writes of the piece, “My mother once told me ‘sometimes she felt like she didn’t have no life.’ That statement made with so much honesty, conviction, and passion yet free of even a hint of self-pity has throughout my career been one of the guiding principles of not only how I live my life, and relate to other people, but has also profoundly influenced the philosophy of my art.”

The striking oil painting, “Roses in a Green Vase” (c.1885-90) by Charles Ethan Porter (American, c.1847-1923), a museum purchase, is a treasure by a rediscovered master. Porter, the son of a poor laborer, was one of the first African-American artists to study at the National Academy of Design in New York, and later studied in Paris. “The acquisition of this lovely painting by the Columbia Museum of Art allows us to more fully show how African-American art has always been a part of American cultural life,” says Chief Curator Will South. Though Porter faced difficulties throughout his life, compounded by racism in the art world and society at large, his mastery and contributions to American art ensure that his name belongs in the canon of great American painters.

Two sets of lithographs by Joseph Norman are gifts from collectors Kerry and Betty Davis of Georgia and Donnell and Dorothea Walker of Pennsylvania through the efforts of CMA board member D. Delores Logan, who also serves on the board of the CMA as well as its membership affiliate group Friends of African-American Art and Culture (FAAAC). Norman is a professor of drawing and painting at the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, GA. To celebrate this donation, the CMA has placed “The Art of Joseph Norman” on view through Feb. 7, 2016, in Gallery 15. These works include the complete series “Out at Home: The Negro Baseball League, Volume 1”, and “Patti’s Little White Lies”. “Out at Home”, a set of nine lithographs, explores the great accomplishments of African-American baseball greats like Jackie Robinson and Josh Gibson while also confronting the racist system in which these athletes worked and struggled. The five lithographs in “Patti’s Little White Lies” comprise a deeply personal series, using art to deal with guilt and shame related to Norman’s own experiences of being falsely accused of a crime. Both series are challenging and reflective, yet also starkly beautiful.

“We have been committed and passionate about building our collection of art by African Americans,” says CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “We have a collection that tells the story of everyone in our community, and these new additions contribute an invaluable and impactful piece of that story. We look forward to fostering even more engagement with our audiences with these new works through a diversity of programming and exhibitions for years to come.”

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

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Free Admission From May 26 – June 5, 2015

May 23, 2015

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces upcoming 10 days of free admission from Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, June 5, 2015, in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland County for their investments in the CMA. During these days, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, visitors pay no admission to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions, including Bunzlauer Pottery from the Collection of the Columbia Museum of Art. As always, the Wells Fargo Education Gallery, the Solar Exploration Station, Art Explorer backpacks, multimedia TAP tours, and gallery guides are free for families to have fun in the galleries with activities.

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Events at the CMA during the free days include:

CMA Shop Sale: The CMA Shop is having a huge sale through Sunday, June 7. Everything in the Shop is 30% off for members and 15% off for non-members. Select items are 50% off for all.

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection
Sunday, May 31 at 2pm – A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the American galleries. Free.

About Face Drawing Session
Monday, June 1, from 10am – 1pm – Looking for a supportive and friendly environment to hone your artistic skills? About Face Drawing Sessions are for you! There’s no instructor, but there is a group of inspired artists, representing a wide range of abilities, who love to draw from the live model. Must be 18 or older to participate. $12 / $10 for members / $5 for students.

Gladys’ Gang: Summer Heat
Wednesday, June 3, from 10 – 11am – Join us for this popular series! Gladys’ Gang is a free, early childhood arts and literacy program for ages 2-5 that focuses on preparing children for kindergarten. Using art as a guide, children and their adult caregivers enjoy story time in the galleries followed by a hands-on art project in the CMA studios. The program is held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 until 11am. This month, work with warm colors to create your own sunny artwork. Registration required as space is limited. Free.

Columbia Broadside Project Community Gallery Opening and Concert
Friday, June 5, from 7 – 11pm – The Columbia Broadside Project pairs artists and poets from Columbia and throughout South Carolina who work together to create an original “broadside,” comprised of an original work of art and an original poem. The goal is to strengthen the arts community by helping poets and artists meet their peers, share ideas, and create new works of art. The opening night event will feature live music and readings from the artists. Cash bar. $7 / $5 for members.

For more information visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Special Presentation by Artists from Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 – Mar. 27, 2015

March 18, 2015

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The CMA in Columbia, SC, presents the next event in its “Artist Salon” series with a special presentation by artists from Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 on Friday, Mar. 27, 2015, at noon among the art in the “Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal” exhibition. The “Artist Salon” series features gallery talks about a wide range of topics and disciplines. This salon showcases Gallery 80808 artist’s creative responses to the spring exhibition.

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“Feeling creative, the artists at Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 decided to play a game,” says Kirkland Smith, an 80808 artist. “Based on the children’s game of Gossip, where a phrase is secretly passed from one player to the next, the artists used visual art in place of words. CMA Chief Curator Will South chose a piece from the “Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal” exhibition currently on display. He shared this inspiration piece with the first artist only, who was given three weeks to create a work of art and pass the new piece to the next artist. Each artist had three weeks to complete a work inspired from the image received.

The game has been in play since last spring. None of the artists have seen the progression of work and are excited to share all the pieces at the “Artista Vista” opening on April 23, 2015. This “Artist Salon” reveals the Curran inspiration piece and offers a sneak preview of the artists’ work. Come and see what happens when artists play around and get inspired.”

Gallery 80808 opened in August of 1990 as part of the Vista Studios project, a joint venture of the Columbia Development Corporation and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Since then the facility has matured into a unique venue for Columbia’s visual arts and has become a vital part of the city’s contemporary art scene.

This event is free with membership or admission.

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

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers “ArtBreak” Lecture with Ward Briggs and Louise Fry Scudder – Feb. 10, 2015

January 30, 2015

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, presents “ArtBreak: Art and Myth with Classicist Ward Briggs,” continuing the new series of unique art talks, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 10:30am to noon. “ArtBreak” is a program that looks at art through a different lens. Each session features a speaker, typically from outside the art world, who gives insight into their worldview by sharing their interpretation of works of art at the CMA. This month, Ward Briggs, Carolina distinguished professor of classics and Louise Fry Scudder professor of humanities emeritus, discusses mythology and its impact on art through the ages.

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“Join me for an exploration of the gods and mortals in antiquity and beyond found in the CMA collection,” says Briggs. “I will discuss mythology illustrated in the ancient and contemporary renditions at the museum and how some stories waxed and waned as subjects through the ages while others remained enormously popular through Renaissance and later painting.”

Briggs served as Carolina distinguished professor of classics and Louise Fry Scudder professor of humanities emeritus at the University of South Carolina until 2011. He has published widely in the field of classics, with particular attention to Roman authors and the history of classical studies in the US.

Briggs lends his years of classical scholarship to a fascinating discussion connecting mythology and the art at the CMA. Begin the morning at the museum with pastries and coffee sold at a pop-up café by Drip before the program.

Upcoming ArtBreaks are on the following Tuesdays:

March 17 – The Music of the 1893 World’s Fair with CMA Adjunct Curator of Music Peter Hoyt

May 12 – The Victorian Language of Flowers with Horticulturalist Amanda McNulty

June 16 – Warhol and Printmaking with Art Historian Brad Collins

Pop-up cafe begins at 10:30am. Program begins at 11am. Free with membership or admission.

For more information call 803/799-2810 or visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Log Cabin Art Guild in Columbia, SC, Offer Will South at Next Meeting – Feb. 14, 2015

January 22, 2015

Will South will present art as seen from the eyes of a museum curator at the meeting of the Log Cabin Art Guild at 10am, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, SC. Refreshments begin at 9:30am.

South serves as the Chief Curator for the Columbia Museum of Art, a position he took over three years ago. He received his doctorate in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1994, specializing in early modern American art.

South’s undergraduate training was as a painter, and he has always remained an active artist averaging a one-person exhibition every two to three years. He and his wife, Sara, live in downtown Columbia with their cat, River, and love being part of this community.

For further info call Marcie Marshall at 803/738-9348.

Free Admission Days at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, from Jan. 20-30, 2015

January 19, 2015

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, opens its doors with free admission on Tuesday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Visitors pay no admission to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions, including “Columbia Now: Four Photographers Show Us Our City” and “Into the Umbra: USC Photography’s 2015 Review Prize Show”. 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.

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Events at the CMA during the free days include:

“ArtBreak: The Nature of Art with Naturalist Rudy Mancke” – Tuesday, Jan. 20 | 10:30am – noon. ArtBreak is a program that looks at art through a different lens. Each session features a speaker, typically from outside the art world, who gives insight into their worldview by sharing their interpretation of works of art at the CMA. This month, begin the morning at the museum with pastries and coffee sold at a pop-up café by Drip before Rudy Mancke, famed naturalist, USC professor, and longtime SCETV favorite, discusses the natural world as seen through the visual arts. Free.

Author and Dessert Designer Caitlin Freeman Lecture and Demo – Friday Jan. 23 | Happy hour at 6pm | Lecture at 6:30pm followed by cake demonstration and tasting. A self-taught baker, Caitlin Freeman is the resident pastry chef for Blue Bottle Coffee. A former owner of the San Francisco cake and sweets shop Miette, Caitlin made a name for herself creating simple and lovely cakes and cupcakes using local and organic ingredients. Inspired to bake by the confectionery paintings of California painter Wayne Thiebaud, she saw her chance to re-create those very cakes when Blue Bottle opened a café in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Four years and many art-inspired desserts later, she wrote the book, Modern Art Desserts, to chronicle the desserts, inspiration, and adventures that happened when combining art and cake. $15 / $12 for members / $5 for students. Admission includes cake!

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FAAAC presents a lecture with curator Victoria Cooke: African-American Art at the CMA – Thursday, Jan. 29| 6-8pm – Get a sneak peek of two exciting exhibitions of African-American art premiering at the CMA in the spring of 2016. Organized by the Columbia Museum of Art, “REMIX: Themes & Variations in African-American Art” is a groundbreaking exhibition that includes a wide variety of work from the paintings of Hale Woodruff and Charles White to the contemporary sculptures of Willie Cole and Renée Stout and the paintings of Fahamu Pecou and Mickalene Thomas. “REMIX” highlights the practice among many African-American artists of retelling historical themes and stories in new ways and from their own unique perspective. The second exhibition runs concurrently with “REMIX” and features modern and contemporary work from the CMA’s own collection of African-American art. With works by artists as diverse as Romare Bearden and Alison Saar, the CMA has built a collection for education and enrichment of the community and all who visit our institution. FAAAC members only. Free.

Free days are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

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

For more information, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Lecture on Norman Rockwell Exhibit – Jan. 9, 2015

January 7, 2015

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, presents a lecture and book signing by Laurie Norton Moffatt, director of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on Jan. 9, beginning at noon.

Moffatt is one of the nation’s leading specialists on Norman Rockwell. She shares her expertise on the life and works of the famed illustrator. Experience the latest ways of viewing Rockwell’s work in this talk, presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera”.

Moffatt will sign copies of the fully illustrated hardback exhibition catalogue following the lecture.

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This event is free with membership or admission.

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

For more information, visit (columbiamuseum.org).


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