Celebrate Black Artistic Excellence at the CMA Gala

Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977). Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares, 2005. Oil on canvas. 108 x 108 in. © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy Rubell Museum, Miami.

Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977). Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares, 2005. Oil on canvas. 108 x 108 in. © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy Rubell Museum, Miami.

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art presents the CMA Gala, an annual black-tie affair to celebrate and support the arts, on Saturday, December 4, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. This year’s Gala celebrates the major exhibition 30 Americans, featuring the work of acclaimed contemporary Black artists.

The evening features delicious small plates by Loosh Culinaire and libations by Twist Bartending, plus specialty cocktails by Olando "Opie" Patterson of Goat’s and entertainment by Reggie Sullivan and the Congaree Saints as well as DJs Lady Marauder and Preach Jacobs.

Guests will experience the museum transformed into elegant spaces inspired by works of art on view in 30 Americans.

On Boyd Plaza, guests may leave their cars at the complimentary valet and immerse themselves in an outdoor space inspired by the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Passed appetizers highlight the artist's Puerto Rican and Haitian heritage, the passed specialty cocktail comes courtesy of mixologist Olando "Opie" Patterson of Goat’s, and DJ Lady Marauder spins retro tunes on vinyl. The space also features art, commissioned specially for the occasion, by local artist Cedric Umoja.

Inside, the museum’s Main Street Space becomes a sparkly champagne lounge inspired by Mickalene Thomas’ Baby I Am Ready Now. Indulge in a glass of bubbly and enticing bite-sized delights from Loosh Culinaire.

CMA affinity group the Friends of African American Art & Culture turns the boardroom into the Tito’s Dream Lounge, based on Wangechi Mutu’s Non je ne regrette rien.

The CMA Loft transforms into a glitzy hip hop club experience inspired by the Gala's pièce de résistance, Kehinde Wiley's nine-foot-tall Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares. Throughout the evening, this space will be filled with soul food-inspired fare from Loosh Culinaire, a full bar including a specialty cocktail by Olando "Opie" Patterson of Goat’s, and hip hop beats. As the excitement builds, the night culminates in a DJ battle between Lady Marauder and Preach Jacobs.

All galleries will be open, from featured exhibition 30 Americans and companion exhibition 22 South Carolinians on the first floor to the CMA Collection and exhibition Michael Kenna: Venezia on the second floor.

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.

$175 / $150 for members ($75 tax deductible) | Doors open at 7:00 p.m. | Black-tie attire | Complimentary valet parking on Hampton Street at Boyd Plaza.

Many thanks to the CMA Gala’s décor designers Steven Ford of Steven Ford Interiors, Jevettra Gardner of Avila Dawn Events, and Julianne Sojourner of My Friend’s Garden for their support.

This event is made possible with the support of generous contributions from our sponsors. Gold Sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Joyce and George Hill, and Loosh Culinaire Fine Catering. Silver Sponsor: Bank of America Private Bank. Bronze Sponsors: Dr. Suzan D. Boyd and Mr. M. Edward Sellers; Crisp Event Rentals; Caroline and Kester Freeman; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.; Governor and Mrs. James H. Hodges; Love, Tito’s; Dick Dyer Mercedes-Benz; Hannah and Ron Rogers; and Truist Bank. Additional support provided by many others.

For tickets and more information, visit columbiamuseum.org/gala.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristina Palmer at 803-343-2210 or kpalmer@columbiamuseum.org.

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