Upcoming Events

  • Photography 101

    February 5, 20156:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Join us for a two-part workshop with Instructor Gordon Humphries to explore basic procedures and styles in the art of photography. Photography 101 is part of our Art School 101 series, which offers participants the perfect opportunity to dabble in printmaking, photography, watercolor painting, and drawing while learning new techniques. Sign up for all 4 and receive a 20 % discount. Participants must be 18 or older. $80 / $60 members.
  • Arts & Draughts

    February 6, 20157:00 - 11:00 p.m.

    Art, drink, and be happy! Enjoy beer tastings from The Whig, musical performances including Charlotte’s Sinners and Saints and Amigo, D.I.Y. art projects, interactive art, scavenger hunts, and unique perspective tours. Sponsored by The Whig, WXRY, and Free Times.
  • Contemporaries' Black Jack Ball

    February 7, 20157:30 - 11:30 p.m.

    This annual fundraising gala is the Contemporaries’ premiere event and is expected to draw a crowd of over 400 to the elegant, modern environment of the Columbia Museum of Art. In its 10th year, guests will enjoy an evening of Vegas-proportions in honor of the Contemporaries’ 21st birthday celebration. The event will begin with a silent art auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres by Scott Hall Catering, casino entertainment by Party Time DJs, music by Sol Fusion, and dancing in a show-stopping casino atmosphere designed by Cricket Newman Designs. All proceeds from the event benefit the Contemporaries Art Acquisition Fund. $55 / $100 for Contemporaries members and $75 / $135 for non-members. For more information, visit columbiacontemporaries.com.
  • CMA Chamber Music on Main

    February 10, 2015Doors at 6:00 p.m.
    Concert at 7:00 p.m.

    Music plus art equals a magical experience with this critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the Museum's gorgeous DuBose Poston Reception Hall.

    Musicians
    Gilles Vonsattel, piano
    Todd Palmer, clarinet
    Bella Hristova, violin
    Edward Arron, cello

    Music
    Beethoven Piano Trio in c minor, Opus 1, No. 3
    Stravinsky Suite from L'histoire du Soldat for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
    Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Weber Grand 'Trio' Concertant for Clarinet, Piano and Cello (arr. Todd Palmer)
  • Photography 101

    February 12, 20156:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Join us for a two-part workshop with Instructor Gordon Humphries to explore basic procedures and styles in the art of photography. Photography 101 is part of our Art School 101 series, which offers participants the perfect opportunity to dabble in printmaking, photography, watercolor painting, and drawing while learning new techniques. Sign up for all 4 and receive a 20 % discount. Participants must be 18 or older. $80 / $60 members.
  • Columbia Burning: A Sesquicentennial Reappraisal

    February 17, 20159:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    9:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Panel Discussion on the Burning of Columbia- Free

    By bringing in scholars who are generating new work on the burning of Columbia, our goal is to shed fresh light on the meaning of the events of February 17, 1865, as an example of urban disaster and recovery. The arrival of the Union army marked a day of jubilant emancipation for blacks, thousands of whom followed in the wake of Sherman’s advance northward. These and other topics, including the evolution of modern warfare, will be discussed.

    Moderator: Dr. Thomas Brown, University of South Carolina

    Dr. Ann Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Dr. Megan Kate Nelson, Harvard

    Caitlin Verboon, Yale




    Noon: Luncheon- $30

    Presentation on mid-to-late-19th-century foodways by Dr. David Shields with period-appropriate meal by Scott Hall Catering.




    2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Discussion on Advancing Civic Dialogue around History – Free session

    Dr. Tom Sugrue (University of Pennsylvania) will lead this discussion looking at the role of public history/public intellectuals in shaping and advancing civic dialogue to deal with difficult pasts, as well as the role of the academy in preparing students for community and public engagement.



    All sessions require advance registration. Morning and afternoon sessions are free. Luncheon costs $30. For registration and more information please visit, burningofcolumbia.com
  • Evening for Educators

    February 18, 20154:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Enter the world of an American impressionist in the exhibition Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal. Curran's career blossomed in the decades when French impressionism had changed the art world. 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.
  • Tatara Fire: A Discussion with Henry Mandell

    February 24, 2015Happy hour 6:00 p.m. │Lecture 7:00 p.m.

    Henry Mandell was born in New York City and continues to live and work there, making abstract artworks with unusual methods. Paintings and works on paper are composed from text which is transformed into complex patterns from the outlines of all the words. Using stories, raw data, or poetry as a starting point and working by hand with a digital brush, Mandell transforms the shapes of letters into new forms using computers and drawing programs. Once completed, the paintings are printed on canvas with archival inkjet printers.



    In 2014, his 11 x 26 foot mural Tatara Fire was installed in the Columbia Museum of Art. Commissioned by the museum, Tatara Fire refers to the symbols of transformation through fire. From the forging of ancient Japanese steel in traditional clay tatara kilns to the burning of the city of Columbia at the end of the Civil War, the artwork aims draw viewers into its intricate patterns, perhaps to reflect on how our past informs our present. The mural contains most of the 10,000 words from the source texts used to create the painting.



    In addition to his fine art practice, Mr. Mandell is also Project Manager for the estate of Mark Rothko, working there to create digital archives of Rothko’s work and historical records, as well as overseeing all reproductions of the artist’s work and management of licensing. Mr. Mandell received a BFA in Fine Art from Ithaca College and has studied at Parsons School of Design and The School of Visual Arts in New York.



    This lecture is sponsored by the CMA’s Contemporaries and by The Palladium Society of Historic Columbia.
  • Drawing 101

    February 26, 20156:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Join us for a two-part workshop with CMA Instructor Mike Dwyer to explore basic techniques in the art of drawing. Drawing 101 is part of our Art School 101 series, which offers participants the perfect opportunity to dabble in printmaking, photography, watercolor painting, and drawing while learning new techniques. Sign up for all 4 and receive a 20 % discount. Participants must be 18 or older. $80 / $60 members.
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