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Columbia Museum of Art June 2016 Events


Daufuskie Memories

On View May 27 – August 7, 2016

Through a series of over 60 photographs taken from 1977-1982, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe vividly and poignantly captured African-American life on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. In that time, Daufuskie Island stood alone as the last South Carolina sea island untouched by the outside world, serving as a home to residents whose Gullah lifestyle, traditions, and language were preserved because of their isolation. Recognizing this unique culture and the need to capture this way of life, Moutoussamy-Ashe used her camera to chronicle the life of the island. Presented by BB&T.


Big & Bold: Selections from the Collection

On View May 27 – October 23, 2016

Artists often decide to work large, and when they do, it is for a reason: size matters. Something big commands our attention, as opposed to something tiny that might escape our gaze altogether. In this entertaining new show, we invite you to experience the variety of possibilities to be enjoyed with outsized art.



Spoken: African-American Art from the Collection

On View in Mamie & William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15 through June 12, 2016

When black Americans sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” in decades past, the lyric meant much more than the collective rising of black voices-the lyric called for visibility, for power, for strength, for the determination and will to be a unique voice, not of the Other, but a free black voice of the present. In Spoken: African-American Art from the Collection, the artists shown give voice to their own definitions of self and to how they choose to express blackness. Whether by brush strokes on a canvas or the mixed media of paper, found objects, metal, or glass, these artists have spoken. Spoken is a new installation featuring outstanding works by luminaries such as Leo Twiggs, Lorna Simpson, Romare Bearden, and Tarleton Blackwell.


Kathleen Robbins

DESCENT: Mississippi Delta Photographs, 1999-2014

On View through August 21, 2016

These photographs comprise work made in the Mississippi Delta over a period of 15 years. In the fall of 2001, Kathleen Robbins relocated from New Mexico to the Delta to live on her family’s farm, Belle Chase. She ate from her great-grandmother’s china, drank from her crystal, and slept in her bed. Her family’s history and their connection to this place were markedly present in her everyday experience. It is not her nostalgia alone that pulls her to this area; it is that of her mother and her mother’s mother.



To purchase tickets or register for classes, visit columbiamuseum.org or call 803-799-2810.


Book a Tour and Save on Admission

Gather your friends and make a reservation to enjoy a docent-led or self-guided tour of the exhibition and save on admission. Hungry? Choose the tour with a lunch option, or enjoy wine and cheese after your tour. Details at columbiamuseum.org.


School Tours

School group visits include an in-depth guided tour and a hands-on art project that connects to language arts, social studies, and key areas of the core curriculum. For more information, contact CMA Education Assistant Dana Witkoski at 803-343-2163 or tours@columbiamuseum.org.


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. Themes include: pattern, color, shape, and the current exhibition. Check one out for free at the visitor services desk.

Gallery guides are your source to family fun. Guides include insider information about some of the works and a gallery hunt to discover shapes, patterns, and more. Available for free in the CMA lobby.


Spark Tours

Fridays | 2:00 p.m.

The CMA is offering quick, 30-minute Spark Tours of featured exhibitions. These fun tours spark the imagination of busy people with limited time to visit the museum or those interested in a brief overview of the show before exploring more on their own. Free with membership or admission.


Gallery Tour: Daufuskie Memories

Saturdays | 1:00 p.m.

A guided tour provides an overview of Daufuskie Memories, an exhibition of photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe that vividly and poignantly capture African-American life on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, when it was untouched by the outside world. Free with membership or admission.


Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection

Sundays | 2:00 p.m.

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.


CMA Summer Camps

Ages:  4-7 | 8-12 | 13-18

This summer, the CMA Art School is offering a variety of unique camps to capture the interest of any young artist. Having your child participate in our summer camps is a great way for them to think creatively, practice their problem-solving skills, and have fun. Below are camps occurring in July. The CMA Summer Camps are supported in part by Publix Super Markets Charities and the Columbia Design League.


Camp Pricing

Ages 4-7: $150 / $120 for Dual/Family Members and above

Ages 8-12: $175 / $140 for Dual/Family Members and above

Teen half-day: $210 / $168 for Dual/Family Members and above

Teen full-day: $285 / $228 for Dual/Family Members and above

The CMA also offers needs-based scholarships.


Lunch Buddies Camp: All camps for ages 8 – 12 (except Clay Creations the week of August 8) have the Lunch Buddies option, which means that campers can stay from morning camp through afternoon camp. Lunch Buddies bring their own brown bag lunch, must be registered for both morning and afternoon camps, and pay a $25 fee.



June 6 – 10 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 4 – 7

Instructor: Dana Witkoski

Kick off the summer with a celebration of the season. From sand art to sea life, we’ll be exploring the warm colors and hot weather with some fun in the sun.



June 6 – 10 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 8 – 12

Instructor: Max Clyburn

Art and storytelling collide in this cartooning camp. Campers will learn about frame-by-frame layout and character design and make their own multi-panel cartoon strips.



June 6 – 10 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 8 – 12

Instructor: Kayleigh Vaughn

From gallant knights to brave soldiers, explore the craftsmanship of armor and weaponry. Campers will experience stories and artwork of warriors and battles throughout history and get inspired to make their own combat-ready creations!



June 13 – 17 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 4 – 7

Instructor: Kayleigh Vaughn

In the galleries, explore the many three-dimensional objects from sculpture to furniture and ceramics. These “little builders” will use their hands to sculpt, design and create their own 3D projects with all kinds of materials in the studio!



June 13 – 17 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 8 – 12

Instructor: Jimmy Hiller

Grab your tablet and get ready for some digital design as you experiment with photo-editing programs, stop motion, and augmented reality. Visit the galleries, try some old-school techniques, and then mix it all together to find your signature artistic style. Tablet required (iPad recommended).



June 13 – 17 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 8 – 12

Instructor: Jane Schwantes

Get your hands dirty with this camp that’s all about sculpting. Campers will look at 3D pieces from the galleries and make their own clay creatures and creations.



June 13 – 17 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Ages 13 – 18

Instructor: Alex Fulmer

Get familiar with power tools in the safety of the museum as you design and craft your own wooden creations. Projects for this full-day class will range from small art objects to larger practical pieces.



June 20 – 24 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 4 – 7

Instructor: Glenna Barlow

It’s dino-mania! Kids will create dinosaur-inspired art, from teeth and tails to fossils and footprints. We’ll read dinostories and get a glimpse at some other creatures in the galleries.



June 20 – 24 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 8 – 12

Instructor: Katrina Hampton

From drafting to crafting, campers will learn all about fashion design as they create their own wearable art inspired by artwork in the collection. The week culminates with a fashion show in the galleries.



June 20 – 24 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 8 – 12

Instructor: Mary Hendrix

This camp explores paints from tempera to watercolor and beyond. Campers will learn about different styles of painting from pieces throughout the centuries and even paint on easels in plein air like modern-day impressionists.



June 27 – July 1 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 4 – 7

Instructor: Kayleigh Vaughn

From The Brothers Grimm to Aesop to Dr. Seuss, literature and art come together. Campers will enjoy story-telling in the galleries as they learn the morals behind many famous tales.



June 27 – July 1 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 13 – 18

Instructor: Catherine Pouncey

Learn the art of glassmaking through fused glass, stained glass and more as we explore glass through the ages. From ancient Greece to Chihuly, this class will look at the many techniques and style of glass as we create our own.


Gladys’ Gang: It’s Black and White

Wednesdays, June 1 and 15 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Black and white, day and night. We’ll be talking all about opposites as we discover the photography in Daufuskie Memories and create our own monochromatic masterpieces. Participants (ages 2-5) and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape, and texture during the Gladys’ Gang series. This program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the art exploration theme. Now offering two sessions each month – choose either the June 1 or June 15 program. Key topic:  opposites. Free. Reservations required as space is limited.


Member Appreciation Day with Daufuskie Memories artist Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Thursday, June 2 | 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for a Member Appreciation Day celebrating Daufuskie Memories. All day long, members can bring a friend for free and receive a 20% discount in the CMA Shop. Programs are scheduled throughout the day, including:

  • Noon – Lecture by photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, free with membership or admission. Registration required as space is limited.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Following the lecture, get your chance to meet the artist as she signs copies of her book, Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Lecture by Moutoussamy-Ashe, free and open to the public. Registration required as space is limited.
  • 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Member Appreciation Lounge during First Thursday on Main, free for members. Relax at the CMA with sweet treats and a cash bar.

This project is funded in part by SC Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Community Awards Celebration

Saturday, June 4 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join us on Boyd Plaza to kick off the summer with a community thank-you event featuring Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin! Our recognition with the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts and the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honors from both our state and our nation, is as much about the generosity and spirit of South Carolina as it is about the CMA. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you with a family-friendly celebration featuring hands-on art activities, gallery tours, and more! Plus, enjoy free admission all day (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Free.


About Face Drawing Sessions

Mondays, June 6 and 20: Topics vary | 1:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, June 14 and 28 :

Portrait Drawing | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Figure Drawing | 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.

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. Mondays: $12 / $10 for members / $5 for students. Tuesdays: $10 / $8 for members / $5 for students. Includes both sessions.


ArtBreak: Gullah Culture with Teaching Artist Ramona LaRoche

Tuesday, June 7 | Café at 10:30 a.m. | Lecture at 11:00 a.m.

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. Begin the morning at the museum 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. In honor of Daufuskie Memories, Ramona LaRoche explores the cultural heritage of the Gullah-Geechee Nation. Free with membership or admission.


Contemporaries Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 9 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Mix and mingle with fellow Contemporaries members, meet new board members, find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, and learn about our next exciting project. Free for Contemporaries members. To join, visit columbiamuseum.org.


Trustus Presents The Testament of Mary, a play by Colm Tóibin

Friday, June 10  | 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 11 | 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 12  | 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 16 | 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 17 | 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 18 | 8:00 p.m.

Years after her son’s death, Mary, mother of Jesus, is visited by Gospel writers seeking the truth. In an honest, insightful, and moving first-person narrative, Mary recounts her son’s final days. Based on the novella by author and playwright Colm Tóibín, this Tony-nominated play provides a stunning glimpse into the heart and mind of a grieving mother as she’s left with the question: Was it worth it? Starring Trustus Ensemble member Elena Martínez-Vidal and directed by Paul Kaufmann. $30 / $20 for CMA or Trustus members.


Baker and Baker Presents Classical Guitar with Janet Grohovac

Saturday, June 11 | 3:00 p.m.

The CMA, with the generous support of the Baker and Baker Foundation, presents the Southern Guitar Festival first prize winner, Canadian guitarist Janet Grohovac. The artist performs some of the most beautiful works for guitar by Italian , French, and Spanish composers. The concert also features Duo De Vista with Marina Alexandra on guitar and Teri Forsher on flute. Free with membership or admission.


Passport to Art: Water, Water Everywhere

Sunday, June 12 | Noon – 3:00 p.m.

This FREE drop-in studio program for families features thematic hands-on art projects and a family tour. Explore Daufuskie Memories and create water-inspired art that celebrates life on the island. Join us and get inspired at 1:00 p.m. with a tour of the galleries.


Artist Salon with Kathleen Robbins

Friday, June 17 | Noon

South Carolina Artist Kathleen Robbins discusses her photography in the CMA Community Gallery exhibition, DESCENT: Mississippi Delta Photographs, 1999-2014. Free with membership or admission.


Friends of African American Art & Culture Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 21 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Mix and mingle with fellow FAAAC members and guests, meet new board members, find out about volunteer opportunities, and learn about highlights of programs and events. Plus, hear a lively presentation from Roni Nicole Henderson on her journey as a filmmaker, photographer, and writer, and view one of her movies. Free for FAAAC members. To join, visit columbiamuseum.org.


Soda City Story Slam: Memory Reframed

Thursday, June 23 | Doors at 6:00 p.m. | Program at 7:00 p.m.

Based on the popular podcast, The Moth, the CMA hosts a Story Slam. Local storytellers share brief autobiographical stories on the theme of “memory” in celebration of our Daufuskie Memories exhibition.  Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges: filmmaker Roni Nicole Henderson, Seth Gadsden of the Nickelodeon, and Betsy Newman from SCETV. The evening is hosted by Shannon Ivey, MFA, a professional actor, activist, and lover of a good tale. Recommended for all ages. $10 / $8 for members.

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