The CMA Gets Surreal with the 2017 Gala

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art hosts the 2017 Gala, A Night in Wonderland, a whimsical, black-tie affair to celebrate and support the arts, on Saturday, April 1. The museum’s largest fundraiser of the year will showcase the major spring exhibition, Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales, in an evening filled with enchanting cuisine, décor, and entertainment.

Attracting many prominent community citizens, museum supporters, and art lovers from around the state, the Gala raises critical funds to support the museum’s mission to provide outstanding art and arts education for lifelong learning and community enrichment.

"The Gala is not only the museum's signature fundraising event but also an opportunity to expose the museum to new audiences,” says Emily Brady Bedenbaugh, 2017 CMA Gala chair. “The Gala committee is charged with creating a unique and unforgettable experience that dazzles with food, entertainment, and art to celebrate the Dalí exhibit and hopefully convert guests into lifelong museum members. We can't wait to see you for a night in Wonderland!"

Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales is a stunning exhibition curated by CMA Chief Curator Will South that features 36 colorful prints from The Dalí Museum. Prints are a major part of Dalí’s work, and this exhibition celebrates his fine and varied techniques in illustrations for stories including Lewis Carroll’s quintessential children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Celebrating the over-the-top world created in his beloved masterpiece, A Night in Wonderland brings Carroll’s words and imagery to life in much the same way that Salvador Dalí did in his remarkable illustrations of the novel.

Guests will find themselves in the middle of a fairy tale as they escape reality and step into a world full of art, fun, and whimsy. They will have the opportunity to sip tea (or something stronger) in Alice’s garden party, dance to dueling pianos with the Queen of Hearts, nibble on treats from Scott Hall Catering, sample sweets in the Caterpillar’s dessert lounge, marvel at performances by USC Dance Company, and follow the Cheshire Cat and the Root Doctors down the rabbit hole.

This event is made possible with the support of generous contributions from our sponsors. Presenting Sponsor: Jim Hudson Lexus. Gold Sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Lexington Medical Center. Additional support provided by many others.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. | Whimsical Black Tie Attire | Complimentary Valet Parking | $150 ($75 tax deductible)

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For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brian Dolphin at 803-343-2198 or

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, S.C., the 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 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.  To learn more, visit