Columbia Museum of Art May 2018 Calendar


Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad
On view May 13 – July 22, 2018
Jane Peterson is the quintessential American impressionist — well-schooled in her craft and well-traveled, open to the possibilities of a changing world. Her work reveals the vibrancy of the early 20th century and mirrors the concerns of a rapidly changing art world. Peterson explored the innovative painting techniques of her time, and her style moved from impressionist to fauvist, from realism to a modernist abstraction. The variety of works in this exhibition demonstrates Peterson’s artistic journey along with a glimpse of her private life. With photographs and archives, we get a sense of the independent woman, artist, and traveler whose works are displayed in museums around the world. This exhibition has been organized by the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT.

Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad is presented through the support of our generous sponsors and grantors. Presenting Sponsors: Hannah and Ron Rogers. Contributing Sponsors: Gail Morrison and Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA. Friend Sponsors: ReNewell, Inc. Fine Art Conservation, Kathleen and Kirkman Finlay, Carolyn Kressler-Greenberg, Mrs. Dorothy Poston, Myrtle T. Robinson, and The Braddock Group of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Patron Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Claude Walker Jr., Walda Wildman, CPA, and AgFirst Farm Credit Bank. Additional Support from Beth Richardson. Media Sponsors:Free Times, WXRY, and Grace Outdoor. Grantors: Richland County and Central Carolina Community Foundation. Support for the CMA exhibition program is provided by Lipscomb Sponsors: Marcia Stine, Marcia and Allen Montgomery, and Lynn Robertson.


Indie Grits Labs’ Two Cities: In Process 
On view April 10 – May 13, 2018, in the Caroline Guignard Community Gallery
Explore this year’s Indie Grits Labs project Two Cities through place-based works of art. This year’s project focuses on the North Columbia area. From journals to resource maps and videos, Two Cities: In Process features ephemera from Indie Grits Labs fellows Yolanda Anderson, Mary Brebner, Mahkia Greene, Curtis Heru, Laura Kissel, Darion McCloud, Rico McDaniel, Betsy Newman, Fart.PDF, Josetra Robinson, and Tahirah Spann. The installation features processes, objects, and narratives illustrating the ways in which racial and socioeconomic factors define our experiences and interactions within our shared city. As part of Columbia’s annual Indie Grits Festival, Indie Grits Labs explores the creation of new media artwork and media education. The Labs provide an active, hands-on approach that supports a collaborative community of artists as they create work around a common theme using a wide range of disciplines and approaches including painting, filmmaking, game development, community organization, horticulture, music, storytelling, sculpture, and photography. Exhibition coordinated by Michaela Pilar Brown and Roni Nicole Henderson, visiting artists of the Indie Grits Labs’ Two Cities project.

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

A Minor Interruption
Due to renovations, all galleries in the CMA will be unavailable to the public betweenMonday, April 30, and Saturday, May 12. In public spaces, take a look behind the scenes of the CMA transformation and view Indie Grits Labs’ Two Cities: In Process to see the work that goes into the annual festival.

We hope to see you on Sunday, May 13, when we unveil the major exhibition Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad. To celebrate the opening of the first-floor galleries (and Mother's Day!), admission will be free for the day.

Book a Tour Free with Admission
Gather your friends and make a reservation to enjoy a docent-led or self-guided tour of the galleries at half the price during the renovations. Hungry? Choose the tour with a lunch option, or enjoy wine and cheese after your tour. Details at

School Tours
Student programs support classroom instruction and meet state standards by providing opportunities to engage with works of art and culture from around the world. Using visual thinking strategies, our docent-led tours encourage the use of 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and visual literacy while touching on the three key areas of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate: world class knowledge, world class skills, and life and career characteristics. Hands-on art-making sessions focus on the creative process, introduction to different art materials and techniques, and encouragement of self-expression while connecting to ideas discussed during the tour. For more information, contact us at 803-343-2163 or

Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Hunts
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: color, line, and the current exhibition(s). Check one out for free at the visitor services desk.

Gallery hunts mean fun for the whole family. Grab one and see what shapes, patterns, and colors you can spot. Available to borrow from the Gladys cart in the CMA lobby.

Gallery Tour: Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad
Saturdays throughout the exhibition | 1:00 p.m.
Sundays throughout the exhibition | 2:00 p.m.
A guided tour provides an overview of this exhibition of the quintessential American artist — well-schooled in her craft and well-travelled, open to the possibilities of a changing world. Free with membership or admission.

Midlands Gives
Tuesday, May 1 
We need your support in this 24-hour online giving event! Please visit midlandsgives.orgon May 1 to make your charitable, tax-deductible gift to the CMA. We're aiming for the most gifts during the 10:00 a.m. power hour, so if you can, please give then! Hosted by the Central Carolina Community Foundation.

First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Thursday, May 3 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Have a laugh with The Mothers sketch comedy troupe from Trustus Theatre at 6:30 p.m. At7:00 p.m. enjoy a 15-minute playlet from the Ugly Art series in which each playlet focuses on a monochromatic piece of art that inspires a narrative exploration of art, love, and life. At 7:30 p.m. join us for an artist talk featuring Indie Grits Labs artists whose works are featured in the exhibition Two Cities: In Process on view in the Community Gallery. Free.

Wakanda Forever: FAAAC Celebrates the Backstory 
Friday, May 4 | Doors open at 5:30 p.m. | Comic Book Conversation at 6:00 p.m. | After-party at 7:30 p.m.
Join the Friends of African American Art & Culture as we bring the cinematic experience ofBlack Panther to the CMA. The evening kicks off with a brief FAAAC year-in-review followed by an interactive conversation between Marvel Comics illustrator Sanford Greene and comic book expert and USC professor Dr. Qiana Whitted. Our journey to Wakanda doesn’t end there. Continue the celebration as we dance to the sounds of Afrobeat, sip on vibranium and heart-shaped herb cocktails, taste authentic African cuisine, and more. Wakanda-inspired attire encouraged. $15 / $5 for FAAAC members. Cash bar.

About Face Drawing Sessions 
Tuesdays, May 8 and 22
Portrait Drawing | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Figure Drawing | 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Meet at 701 Whaley
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. Drawing sessions are held at historic 701 Whaley throughout museum renovations. Must be 18 or older to participate. $10 / $8 for members / $5 for students. Includes both sessions. First session is free.

Evening for Educators
Wednesday, May 9 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Educators from across the state are invited to join the CMA for an evening of art, wine, and nibbles as they enjoy a sneak peek at the museum’s plans to reinstall the collection. Chief Curator Will South will be on hand to detail the thematic organization of the collection, and attendees are invited to l­­­earn about new tours and try out lesson plan materials focusing on the art that will be on view for the next school year. Attendees will receive documentation for professional development renewal credit. Free. Registration required as space is limited. Sponsored by Colonial Life.

Enjoy SC: Make Art
Wednesday, May 9 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Saturday, May 12 | 12:30 –  2:30 p.m. 
Inspired by our upcoming exhibition Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad, the CMA celebrates the rich tradition of outdoor art. Join us at the State House as artists demonstrate plein air painting and invite the audience to collaborate on works of art. The Columbia Design League explores the art of architecture with building blocks and scavenger hunts. Richland Library brings story time, book giveaways, and crafts for children. The SC Philharmonic hosts Conduct the Phil, offering participants the chance to lead the soundtrack for the day. Free.

CMA Jazz on Main: Saxophone Summit
Friday, May 11 | Happy hour at 7:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for the fifth season of this exciting and popular concert series featuring hot jazz performances under the artistic direction of internationally renowned band leader Noel Freidline. The saxophone has long been a mainstay of the jazz idiom. No other genre of music has celebrated its unique sound quite like the great American art form of jazz. We’re proud to present four titans in the world of jazz saxophone: Juan Rollan (Billy Cobham, Al Green), Adrian Crutchfield (Prince, CeeLo Green), Sam Skelton (Elton John, Francine Reed), and Ziad Rabie (Nnenna Freelon, James Brown). The collective energy these four astounding instrumentalists brings to the stage may just light the CMA on fire. General admission: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students. Premier Table Seating:  $300 for 6 guests and 2 bottles of wine / $200 for 4 guests and 1 bottle of wine.

Passport to Art: Impressions of a Journey
Sunday, May 13 | Noon – 3:00 p.m. | Tour at 1:00 p.m.
This month, we are painting like impressionists! Get in touch with your inner artist as you create a mini canvas. At 1:00 p.m. learn about an American impressionist on a tour of Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad. This drop-in program for families features a new hands-on art project each month. Free.

Members’ Opening Reception for Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad 
Thursday, May 17 | Doors open 7:00 p.m. | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the opening of Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad in the newly renovated Loft space with an opening reception. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Individual membership admits one. All other levels admit two. Guests are $25 each. Cash bar. $5 valet parking. RSVP to 803-799-2810 or

Lecture: Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad 
Friday, May 18 | Noon
Jane Peterson is the quintessential American impressionist — well-schooled in her craft and well-traveled, open to the possibilities of a changing world. Her work reveals the vibrancy of the early 20th century and mirrors the concerns of a rapidly changing art world. Chief Curator Will South offers valuable insight on this artist and the importance of her work being exhibited in a museum for the first time in 45 years. Free with membership or admission.

CDL Dinner by Design
Sunday, May 20 | 6:00 p.m.
Dinner by Design is back by popular demand! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience inside the CMA and preview pieces to be displayed in the museum's new design gallery, currently under construction. The dinner begins with a signature apéritif followed by a chef-prepared, three-course dinner including wine pairings. After dinner, CMA curator Catherine Walworth introduces the forthcoming design gallery and shares a preview of several signature items from the new design collection. $75 / $60 for CDL members.

An Evening Abroad Tour and Tasting
Thursday, May 24 | 6:00 p.m.
Art has the ability to transport you to another place; now get a chance to do so with wine. In this Tour and Tasting, enjoy an educational wine tasting presented by the knowledgeable staff at Bottles Beverages Superstore. Journey through the works in Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad with a docent-led tour. Charcuterie provided by Classic Catering. $60 / $55 for members.

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