Ethel Brody

Congratulations Ethel Brody!

Recipient of the 2013 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award!

"Ethel has made her views and priorities known for years through her roles as CMA member, volunteer, donor, artist, trustee and friend. Her legacy will be an enormous one for the museum and by extension for all who benefit from our presence…my words fall far short of honoring fully the enormous artistic legacy of this special citizen." – Will South, Chief Curator, Columbia Museum of Art

An ardent supporter of the Columbia Museum of Art since the 1960s, Ethel Brody was instrumental in the museum's move to Main Street. Her contributions have advanced museum collections, operations, exhibitions, conservation activities and public programs. Her generosity was celebrated in the 2011 exhibition, “A Tale of Two Sisters,” featuring dozens of objects given by Brody and her late sister Leona Sobel.
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Brody has also been a major supporter of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, providing financial backing when the Center opened in 2008. Brody annually sponsors a 701 CCA artist residency, helping artists from outside the Midlands and the state to work and exhibit at the center.

A lifelong student of art and a practicing artist, Brody is a frequent participant in group shows and solo exhibitions around the state and outside of the state as well.

Brody has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the South Carolina arts community as an advocate, donor, patron and artist. Her passion for art is highly praised by arts professionals and artists alike, and her impact on the state’s arts community can be seen statewide and beyond.

Just a handful of Ethel's gifts to the CMA:

About the Award

The South Carolina Arts Commission Board announces the 2013 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards for the Arts, the highest honor the state presents in the arts. Established in 1972, the annual awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

The 2013 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts are tentatively scheduled to be presented May 2 during a special ceremony at the Statehouse in Columbia. The ceremony will take place upon adjournment in the House chamber, midday. The ceremony is open to the public.

The S.C. Arts Foundation will honor the recipients and the arts community at the South Carolina Arts Gala on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Hall at 701 Whaley (701 Whaley Street), Columbia, S.C. The gala is a fundraiser supporting the programs of the S.C. Arts Commission. Tickets are $75 per person.

For more about the Verner Awards or the S.C. Arts Gala, call (803) 734-8696 or visit