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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).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Announces Free Days and Extended Holiday Hours

November 22, 2014

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces upcoming free admission days and extended hours for the holiday season. The CMA opens its doors with free admission on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, with extended hours from 10am to 6pm, in appreciation for the support of the City of Columbia and Richland County and on New Year’s Eve from 11am to 5pm. During these days visitors pay no admission, courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions, including “Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera”.

This begins the new schedule of accessible hours through the last day of “Behind the Camera” on January 18, 2015. During this time, the Museum Shop will also be open for extended hours with unique gifts for early holiday shopping. As always, the Wells Fargo Education Gallery, the Solar Exploration Station, Art Explorer backpacks, and gallery guides are free for families to enjoy.

The CMA will be open on select Mondays and Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day

The Museum Shop hours from Dec. 1 – 25, Monday – Saturday: 10am- 6pm and Sunday noon – 5pm.

For details of daily extended hours and more information, please visit (www.columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Its 2015 Gala, A Fair to Remember – Mar. 21, 2015

November 16, 2014

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The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces the 2015 Gala, A Fair to Remember, held on Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015. Early Bird tickets are available for $125 through Nov. 30, 2014. The discounted tickets are a great holiday gift for friends, family, or your significant other. Visit the Gala website today to buy tickets or become a sponsor at (columbiamuseum.org/gala/).

A Fair to Remember celebrates the major spring exhibition, “Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal,” with a grand party reminiscent of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, where the American impressionist Curran exhibited his art and drew inspiration for several of his paintings. The Gala is the CMA’s largest fundraiser of the year and raises critical funds to support the museum’s mission to provide outstanding art and arts education for lifelong learning and community enrichment for all.

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“Seeking the Ideal” is the first-ever museum retrospective of this American impressionist painter, bringing together 58 Curran masterpieces sure to astonish with their jewel-like color, soaring vistas and garden landscapes, and love for beauty. Charles Curran’s heart was claimed by women, children, and flowers, and he devoted a lifetime to painting them in the full light of day out of doors. These are wistful images, each one full of optimism and grace. He looked for what was ideal in American life and made it even more so.

The CMA Gala is Columbia’s most exciting party of the year. A team of over 80 core volunteers transform the entire museum and Boyd Plaza based on a theme from the current major exhibition. This year is a step back in time to 1893 when America was electrified by innovative changes in the arts and sciences. Starting Dec. 1, 2014, tickets will be available for the regular price of $150.

This event would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors. Curran Presenting Sponsor: Jim Hudson Lexus; Ferris Sponsor: Lexington Medical Center; Tesla Sponsors: Hannah and Ron Rogers, Southern Way Catering; Edison Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina; Joplin Sponsors: Julianne Sojourner/ My Friend’s Garden, Steven Ford Interiors, Inc.; Olmstead Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Berry, Jr., Steven Ford and Alonso Cuellar, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mandel; Sousa Sponsors: Becky and Earl Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. Richard McCaskill, Mr. and Mrs. Christian Depret-Bixio; and Media Sponsor: WXRY.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elizabeth Wolfe, development manager, at 803/343-2210 or e-mail to (ewolfe@columbiamuseum.org).

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Lecture on Artist Robert S. Duncanson – Nov. 18, 2014

November 10, 2014

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The Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, and Friends of African American Art and Culture (FAAAC) present a special lecture, “Robert S. Duncanson: 19th-Century African-American Master,” by CMA Chief Curator Will South in the Museum’s Lorick Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at 6pm. The lecture, sponsored by the CMA membership affiliate FAAAC, is presented in celebration of the Museum’s recent gift of Duncanson’s oil painting, “Landscape with Fantastic Architecture”. After the lecture, attendees will be the first to view the painting on display.

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Robert S. Duncanson (American, 1821-1872), “Landscape with Fantastic Architecture,” n.d. oil on canvas, 9 x 14 1/16 in.

The CMA has a long-standing commitment to collecting and exhibiting African-American art, and this beautiful addition to the collection enhances the CMA’s opportunity to present and interpret the history of art in America.

“Duncanson was described during his life as the ‘greatest landscape painter in the West,'” says South. “In recent decades, he has been rediscovered as an artist of exceptional talent who painted some of the most important murals in America prior to the Civil War, but faded into obscurity after his death. Landscape with Fantastic Architecture is a small, but jewel-like, example of the artist’s skill and vision. In it, he creates a visually pristine and ideal world, a view typical of the Hudson River School.”

Duncanson was an artist who worked to excel as a painter, a career normally not available to African-Americans in the 19th century. Despite formidable challenges, he made himself into an artist and forged a place in history as one of the finest painters of the period.

The painting is given in honor of Karen Brosius in recognition of her first decade as director of the Columbia Museum of Art by Kay and John Bachmann, Melissa and Joe Blanchard, Susan and Darnall Boyd, Suzan D. Boyd and M. Edward Sellers, Susie B. and C. Carroll Heyward, Hannah and Ron Rogers, Kit and Joel Smith, Susan Thorpe and John Baynes, and Joann and Claude Walker.

“I love being at the CMA,” says Brosius. “The past ten years have been a tremendous experience to see the Museum grow in such a positive direction. This is truly a great honor, and I am deeply grateful to the generous donors that made this gift possible and to all the museum members and supporters who make the CMA such an important institution.”

“The donors felt that a painting by Robert Scott Duncanson was a special way not only to celebrate Karen’s decade as our director,” says Kay Bachmann, CMA board of trustees member and gift donor, “but also to memorialize Karen’s and CMA’s commitment to including important African-American artists in our collection. We are delighted that it will be first introduced into the collection at a special event for the FAAAC.”

Lecture at 6pm followed by light refreshments in the lobby. Free.

Robert Scott Duncanson was born circa 1821 in New York’s Finger Lakes region in Fayette, NY, into a family of free African-Americans. His early artistic training is unknown, but by the early 1840s he was exhibiting his work in the Cincinnati, OH, area. In 1853, he traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, with the help of the Freedman’s Aid Society of Ohio, to study painting and began painting portraits of prominent white abolitionists from Detroit and Cincinnati upon his return a year later. Duncanson gained international recognition for his landscape paintings, which were influenced by the painters of the Hudson River School. He traveled extensively depicting numerous landscape scenes throughout North Carolina, Pennsylvania, England, Canada, and Scotland. In 1863, he again left for Europe to escape the turmoil of the Civil War. Four years later, he returned, continuing his work in landscapes with much success. He died in 1872.

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

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Receives “Best Idea” Grant Given by the National Park Foundation

October 30, 2014

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The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) in Columbia, SC, and Congaree National Park received one of 39 America’s “Best Idea” grants given by the National Park Foundation this year to recognize their innovative arts and science education program called LEAF (Linking Ecology and Art of the Floodplains). The $17,500 grant helps support LEAF, which connects science, art, and the ecological experience of the primeval forest at Congaree National Park to teach over 1,300 third-graders about landscapes, soils, and habitats.

The National Parks Service announced the list of national parks across the country selected to receive the award. The grant program, inspired by Ken Burns’ critically acclaimed documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” builds partnerships between national parks and community, state, and other public organizations that engage diverse audiences in meaningful and relevant ways with national parks and inspires participants to become stewards of our National Park System.

The award-winning program also received recognition on national television on Time Warner Cable’s “It Ain’t Rocket Science” show that aired in October. The show is part of the cable company’s charitable initiative called “Connect a Million Minds” STEM campaign, which spotlighted the LEAF program as an innovative education program linking art and science. View the program at (http://www.connectamillionminds.com/campaigns/itaintrocketscience/episode/26).

“We thank the National Park Foundation for their support and are honored that the LEAF program received this national recognition,” says Karen Brosius, CMA executive director. “Our museum is focused on art as a gateway to learning and creativity, and it has been a pleasure to partner with Congaree National Park to reach more than a thousand third-grade students with such a valuable and fun art and science experience.”

Beginning in 2007, the LEAF program has reached a total of over 4,000 students and over 200 teachers in Richland and Lexington Counties, which is the central region of South Carolina. This free, outdoor field trip is part of an ongoing initiative by the CMA to integrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education in school curricula. The STEAM movement recognizes the importance of connecting science with arts education, which is critical for 21st-century achievement and innovation. LEAF promotes arts education, science literacy, and environmental education through outdoor activities that connect to South Carolina visual art and science education standards.

“Good artists make good scientists and good scientists make good artists because observation is key to both,” says Congaree Education Coordinator David Shelley.

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of the National Park System. Additional support for the grants comes from the Geological Society of America and the National Park Service Geologic Resource Division.

For more information about the CMA’s education programs, visit (www.columbiamuseum.org/learn).


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