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Columbia Museum of Art October 2016 Calendar



Big & Bold: Selections from the Collection

On view through 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.


Eyes on the Edge: J Henry Fair Photographs the Carolina Coast

On view through October 23, 2016

American photographer and South Carolina native J Henry Fair captures images of the Carolina coast in this new collection of work that debuts at the Columbia Museum of Art. Fair documents our spectacular coastline through 25 dramatic, large-scale photographs that teeter between abstractions and high-resolution imagery of the land. Presented by Susan F. Boyd.




Selections from the Bequest of George and Chee Chee Walker

On view through October 30 in the Community Gallery

The Columbia Museum of Art has been honored in 2016 to receive 10 extraordinary works of art from the estate of George and Chee Chee Walker, both long time patrons of the museum. George and Chee Chee’s gift elevates the significance of the CMA’s collection and provides opportunities for new educational programming as well as pure artistic pleasure. Three works of art are now on view in CMA’s first-floor Community Gallery in recognition of the Walkers and their generosity. Look for the entire collection to be on view in the near future.



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



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



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, October 7, 14, and 21 | 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: Eyes on the Edge

Saturdays, October 8, 15, and 22 | 1:00 p.m.

A guided tour provides an overview of Eyes on the Edge: J Henry Fair Photographs the Carolina Coast, in which the South Carolina native captures aerial photographs of the coast. 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.


CDL presents: What’s American about American Design?

Monday, October 3 | 4:00 p.m.                     

The Columbia Design League is co-sponsoring an event that is part of the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art & Design’s Visiting Artist & Scholar Series. This lecture features art historian Carma Gorman, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin specializing in the history of design. This lecture will take place in McMaster Hall on USC’s campus. Free.


About Face Drawing Sessions

Mondays, October 3 and 17: Topics vary | 1:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, October 11 and 25:

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.


Gladys’ Gang: One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Ages 2-5 | Wednesdays, October 5 and 19 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Let’s go outside! In art, that is. This month at Gladys’ Gang, we’ll take a closer look at artwork that shows the world around us – whether on land, at sea, or in cities. We’ll look at examples in our galleries and then create our own. 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. Key topic: landscape. Free. Registration required as space is limited.


First Thursday on Main

Thursday, October 6 | Galleries open from 5 – 8 p.m. | Spark Tour begins at 7 p.m.

The CMA Shop is having a sale! 50% off select merchandise, and anyone who makes a purchase between 5 – 8 p.m. will have a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Admission to the galleries is only $5 all evening long.


Passport to Art: Design and Disguise

Sunday, October 9 | Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Masks can let us show who we are or pretend to be something we’re not! In the spirit of the season, come create a disguise that shows your true colors. Then join us at 1:00 p.m. for a tour of the galleries that takes a look at some of our favorite shadowy figures.


Baker and Baker presents Opus Two

Sunday, October 9 | 2:00 p.m.

Opus Two has been internationally recognized for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble, and stunning sounds,” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin-piano duo repertoire. Violinist William Terwilliger and pianist Andrew Cooperstock are hailed for their “unanimity of style and spirit, exemplary balance, and close rapport.” Free with exhibition admission or membership.


ArtBreak: A Peek at the Exhibition Spoken with Consulting Curator Porchia Moore

Tuesday, October 11 | 10:30 a.m. – Noon

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 at 10:30 a.m. 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. Free with membership or admission.


A Shift in the Landscape

Tuesday, October 18 | 7:00 p.m.

In honor of Eyes on the Edge, join us for a panel discussion on environmental issues within the Palmetto State with Amy Armstrong from SC Environmental Law Project, Dana Beach from the Coastal Conservation League, Van Whitehead from the Department of Natural Resources, and David Shelley from Congaree National Park. A portion of the proceeds go to the partnership school program LEAF, which brings students to the Congaree National Park to learn about the erosion process. $12 / $10 for members.


CMA Chamber Music on Main

Thursday, October 27

Happy hour and galleries open at 6:00 p.m.

Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

Chamber Music on Main is a critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the museum’s gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception Hall. Adam Neiman, Arnaud Sussmann, and Edward Arron play works by Handel-Halvorsen, Janáček, Chopin, and Mendelssohn.$35 / $28 for members / $5 for students.


Spooktacular Night at the CMA

Saturday, October 29l 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Come have a ghoulishly good time at the sixth annual Spooktacular family fun event. As darkness falls, the museum transforms with ghosts, bats, pumpkins, art stations, sweet treats, and more! Make sure to wear your costume for our costume parade, embark on a spooky gallery tour, and partake in the ghoulish scavenger hunt for prizes. Also, the Columbia Marionette Theater will perform “The Tortoise and the Hare” at 6:30 p.m. Free.

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