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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Reduces Admission Prices During Renovations

June 12, 2017

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces specially reduced admission pricing for the duration of building renovations, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2018. Museumgoers gain entry for half the regular amount: Adults are now $6, seniors and military $5, and students $2.50. Children six years old and under remain free.

This initiative is partially funded through the Karen Brosius National Medal Fund, established last year to honor Karen Brosius, who served as CMA executive director from 2004 – 2016. The fund benefits CMA programs, exhibitions, and opportunities with dynamic approaches to public service.

“In the years I worked with Karen, I saw firsthand her passion for arts accessibility,” says R. Scott McClelland, president of the CMA board of trustees. “She was a driving force behind our National Medal win and the fact that a third of our programs are free. We thought this was a great chance to honor her dedication and service in a way that benefits our community.”

The onset of reduced admission pricing coincided with the opening of the summer exhibition “ReTooled: Highlights of the Hechinger Collection”, on view Friday, June 2, through Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

“The museum is staying active during renovations, and we want to make it that much easier for people to participate in our full schedule of exhibitions and programs,” says Lynn Robertson, CMA interim director. “Beyond the hammers and drills, we still have plenty to see and do.”

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

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, 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 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. To learn more, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC Enters Renovation Project

February 27, 2017

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As has been announced, the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, is embarking on major renovations to create more galleries, studios, and spaces for programs and events. The first step in the schedule to directly impact the public will be the closing of the CMA collection galleries on Monday, Mar. 13, 2017, so that construction on the second floor can begin. Throughout renovations, the CMA will continue its full exhibition schedule with related programs, ensuring that there is always art on view.

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Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection: March 2, at 5:30pm and Sundays, March 5 and 12, at 2pm and 3pm.

Visitors are invited to learn more about the museum’s exciting collection in the final public tours before gallery renovations begin. 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.

Passport to Art: Hit the Highlights: March 12, noon – 3pm.

This year-round program for families features a different theme and hands-on art project each month. This time, Passport to Art takes a look at some museum favorites on the last day the collection is on view before renovations begin. Participants can get inspired at 1pm, with a “so long” (but not farewell!) tour of the galleries and create their own masterpieces in the studio. Free.

Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides

Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to have fun in the galleries with interactive activities. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a picture book, games, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. They can be checked out free of charge at the visitor services desk.

Gallery guides include insider information about some of the works on view and a gallery hunt to discover shapes, patterns, and more. Available for free in the CMA lobby.

Multimedia TAP tours of the CMA collection and exhibitions provide supplemental information on certain pieces through text, audio, and video. They are available free online and designed specifically for functionality with mobile devices. For those without smart devices or headphones, iPads and headphones are provided free of charge at the visitor services desk.

For more information on renovations, visit (columbiamuseum.org/about/cma-capital-campaign). For more information on programs, visit (columbiamuseum.org/happenings). To access TAP tours, visit (columbiamuseum.org/learn/multimedia-tours).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Aquires Works from the Exhibition “REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art” – Talk Offered on Feb. 16, 2017

February 10, 2017

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The Columbia Museum of Art  in Columbia, SC, announces the acquisition of four major works of art previously on view as part of the seminal spring 2016 exhibition “REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art”. The acquisition consists of powerful pieces from artists Bing Davis, Renée Cox, Michaela Pilar Brown, and Colin Quashie. The latter two artists will discuss their works and creative processes as part of the “REMIX/REDUX” lecture and reception presented by the Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) on Feb. 16, at 6pm.

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Clockwise from top left: Details from Renée Cox’s “Liberation of Aunt Jemima” and “Uncle Ben”, Michaela Pilar Brown’s “Speak No”, Colin Quashie’s “Plantation Monopoly”, and Bing Davis’ “Ancestral Spirit Dance #568”.

“Our goal with “REMIX” was to raise awareness of contemporary African-American art and the mercurial yet magical nature of a ‘remixed’ methodology,” says Will South, CMA chief curator. “The acquisition of these phenomenal pieces helps these important and challenging conversations to continue.”

Among the four newly acquired works is “Ancestral Spirit Dance #568” by Willis “Bing” Davis of Dayton, OH. An artist and art educator who unabashedly looks to the distant past, Davis has created an ongoing series of sparkling pastels based on the high-energy patterns of African kente cloth made by the Asante peoples of Ghana and the Ewe peoples of Ghana and Togo. Davis riffs on these patterns in the vein of a soloing musician, exploding them out into a riot of colorful abstraction.

Jamaican-American photographer Renée Cox draws inspiration from the history of women artists remixing images to make powerful statements about liberation, leadership, and revolution. In her elaborately staged photographic collage “Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben”, Cox herself assumes the identity of the superhero character Raje stridently leading the titular characters, who have shed their stereotypical caricatures, to freedom. Their pose directly references Eugène Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People”, arguably the most famous painting of the French Revolution.

Columbia artist Michaela Pilar Brown also uses photography to explore concepts of blackness and black femininity. Using her own body in combination with everyday objects, Brown creates vignettes that challenge conventional notions of race, feminism, and physicality. In “Speak No”, the arrangement of small plastic soldiers, rhinestones, and black paint on her head and face and the black Kewpie doll on her shoulder powerfully demonstrate the internal battle women of color often experience regarding their own beauty and self-worth.

Colin Quashie’s “Plantation Monopoly” was one of the most popular works of art in “REMIX”. A native Charlestonian, Quashie explores the well-known board game Monopoly and the historic plantation experience with wit and humor along with a large dose of criticism and irony. In repurposing something familiar and fun into a critique of the horrors of slavery, the piece commands the viewer’s undivided attention and then confronts that viewer with harsh historical realities that continue to resonate to this day. A fully functioning board game, “Plantation Monopoly” also provokes dialogue about the age-old question, “What is art?”

To further explore two of these fascinating works, the FAAAC presents “REMIX/REDUX”, a program featuring discussion between Brown and Quashie.

“I am extremely excited to sit in conversation with Colin Quashie,” says Brown. “He carries a sharp ax. He brings his sharp intellect, a deep understanding of history, and fearlessness to artmaking. His voice is essential at this moment in America’s story. The CMA’s acquisition of a seminal Quashie piece speaks to their commitment to addressing challenging ideas about contemporary American art. It’s good company to find myself in, and I’m thrilled to have this platform to engage in critical dialogue about artmaking, museum acquisitions, and inclusion.”

Porchia Moore, CMA consulting curator and Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Carolina, will moderate the program.

“The acquisition of these four works marks a significant purchase for the museum and the direction we will continue to take in our strategic strengthening of adding African-American work to our collection,” says Moore. “These four extraordinary artists each have a distinctive voice and style. A little provocative. A lot of truth. Some beauty. Some satire. Some pain. Each piece tells a story and invites you to truly participate in both the telling of that story and the listening of it. I think that this event featuring Michaela Pilar Brown and Colin Quashie is a wonderful way for us to celebrate the powerhouse visual artists of South Carolina and the work being created in the region which directly engages with and advances the art being created both in the Southeast and in the nation.”

All four works of art will go on view in the CMA’s future contemporary galleries.

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

Lynn Robertson Appointed as Interim Director of Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC

December 30, 2016

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Lynn Robertson, former executive director of the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina, has been appointed as the interim executive director of the Columbia Museum of Art as a search is conducted for a permanent, full-time replacement.

Robertson will join the CMA in mid-January and will support museum operations, events, and planning through July 31, when a permanent executive director is expected to be named.

Robertson has an extensive background in museum management and has been engaged extensively with the Museum Management Program at USC. She served in various capacities at the McKissick Museum from 1988 – 2011 and continues to operate a consulting service for cultural institutions.

“We couldn’t be happier to be able to bring in Lynn during this important interim period to keep the momentum going at the Columbia Museum of Art as we search for Karen Brosius’ replacement,” says Scott McClelland, chairman of the board for the CMA.  “Lynn has vast experience in museum management, as well as great relationships throughout the community. She’ll be a natural fit and is eager to help us through this transition period.”

“I’m honored to be part of such an important institution in our state. The Columbia Museum of Art has consistently played an important role in our community’s intellectual and economic well being – not to mention its leadership in demonstrating the essential role of the arts in education.” says Robertson.

Executive Director Karen Brosius informed board members and staff in November of her acceptance of the president position with Careers through Culinary Arts Program based in New York starting early February 2017.

“Lynn and I have been friends for a long time, and she was my top recommendation to the board to take on this role. I feel really good leaving the talented staff of the CMA in Lynn’s hands,” says Brosius. “She has as much love for this community as I do and has been so gracious in talking with us and agreeing to help the board throughout our recruitment and hiring process.”

On Jan. 2, 2017, the board of the CMA will issue an RFP for a recruitment firm with arts expertise and anticipates making a selection by mid-February.

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, SC, 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 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

To learn more, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Celebrates Native American History Month with Catawba Heritage Lecture – Nov. 8, 2016

October 28, 2016

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In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Columbia Museum of Art presents a discussion of the Catawba Nation and their pottery tradition with Brent Burgin, director of the archives at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies Archive. Indigenous to the Carolinas, the Catawba Nation is the only federally recognized tribe in the state of South Carolina. Their pottery tradition has been practiced continuously for 6,000 years.

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ArtBreak is a program that looks at art through a different lens. Each session features a speaker who gives insight into their worldview by sharing their interpretation of works of art at the CMA. The morning begins in the lobby on Nov. 8, 2016, at 10:30am with pastries and coffee sold at The Wired Goat pop-up café, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the educational initiatives at the museum. Program starts at 11:00 a.m. Sponsored in part through Leslie’s Legacy Fund.

Free with membership or admission.

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

For more information, visit (columbiamuseum.org).

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:
Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street

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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Work by Kirkland Smith

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).