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The Columbia Museum of Art Offers Days of Free Admission

September 23 through October 3, 2014

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art opens its galleries for free admission beginning Tuesday, September 23, through Friday, October 3, 2014, for “Free Days at the CMA.” During the 2-week period, visitors pay no admission to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions featuring hundreds of artworks to explore–from ancient to modern. 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.

Also FREE on view:

  • French Masters: Henri Fantin-Latour’s Jonquils and Narcissus (1885), Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Two Girls Wearing Hats (1890), and Georges Braque’s Still Life with Oysters (1938), all generously on loan from a private collection, are on view through the end of the year in the Andrew Kerns Gallery.
  • John Singer Sargent: Sargent’s Portrait of Mrs. Theodore Frothingham, Jr., a beautiful charcoal portrait by the famous artist on loan from John and Kay Bachmann, is on view in the Portraits on Paper exhibition in the BB&T Gallery.
  • ¡FUERZA! Artistas Latin@s in South Carolina

On View in the Caroline Guignard Community Gallery September 23 through November 30, 2014. ¡FUERZA! visually explores the connections between domestic violence and the underrepresented minorities in the United States through the lenses of a cadre of Latin@ artists based in South Carolina.

CMA hosts an Opening Celebration of the new exhibition, ¡FUERZA!, with live music by DJ Alejandro, tango, and cash bar at the Museum on Tuesday, September 23, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event is free to the public.

  • Tabletop Art History: Still Life from the Collection

On View in the Mamie and William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15 through January 4, 2015. This intimate and colorful exhibition uses 24 still life paintings from the CMA collection, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Julie Heffernan, and Lionel Gilbert, to tell the story of American art.

  • Main Street, South Carolina

On View in the Wells Fargo Education Gallery through September 30, 2014. Main Street, South Carolina is an exhibition of South Carolina student photography capturing “main drag” streetscapes in counties across the state.


Free days are offered in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland County for their investments in the CMA and are sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org




About the CMA

The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC, CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses nearly 7,000 works and spans thousands of years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 135,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts and Arts & Draughts parties. It is the recipient of a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education and an Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.

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