Columbia Museum of Art October 2018 Calendar

Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell
On view August 17 – October 28, 2018
Katie Pell embraces the beauty in imperfection and the humor in insecurities, welcoming the downtrodden and enveloping them affectionately in oversized art. She engages an eclectic supporting cast to tell her story, including fallen rock angel Peter Frampton, Jesus of Nazareth, sensitive woodland creatures, and awkward teenagers. With a mix of hippie-era idealism, dark wit, and personal grit, Katie Pell reminds us that we are all performing our lives. We occasionally deserve a little luck and a standing ovation.

Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell is presented through the support of our generous sponsors and grantorsPresenting Sponsor: Marcia Stine. Friend Sponsors: Burnette, Shutt, and McDaniel, Ginny Newell and Bob Wilkins, and Jane and David Kulbersh. Patron Sponsors: Isvara Wilson. Support for the CMA exhibition program is provided by Lipscomb Sponsors: Marcia and Allen Montgomery.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed
On view August 17 – October 28, 2018
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed is a haunting portfolio of images that offer a primordial, nonlinear sense of time. The artist created these seascapes between 1980 and 1991, yet chose to use a large-format camera, long exposure, and 19th-century techniques. Transformed into a suite of 50 lithographs, these images capture vastly different bodies of water around the world in different conditions and at different times of day. Visually minimal, they represent wholeness, infinity, and the sublime beauty of quietude.


SC: Bridging the Past and Present
On view August 17 – October 28, 2018
This CMA-curated S.C. student photography exhibition illustrates the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow. Every day in the Palmetto State, we revitalize and modernize vestiges of the past. This can be seen through buildings and landscapes, cultural events such as markets and festivals, and stories shared by all ages.

Thanks to our eight-year partnership, in fall 2018 the exhibition will travel to Washington, D.C., where it will be installed in Senator Lindsey Graham’s Capitol Hill offices. This exhibition will be on view for approximately one year and will be seen by over 7,000 people.

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

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. 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, 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 visit us at

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: Featured Exhibitions
Saturdays throughout the exhibition | 1:00 p.m.
Explore the beauty of imperfection with rock ‘n’ roll icons and woodland adventures in Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell and dive into the quiet and meditative ocean scenes in Hiroshi Sugimoto Time Exposed. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: CMA Collection Highlights
The collection is back! In celebration of this major renovations milestone we are returning with revamped gallery tours of the collection. Each tour sheds a light on the collection from a different angle. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: Cornerstones of the Collection
Sundays, October 7 and 28 | 2:00 p.m.
From corner to corner, see key works in the collection from east to west and from ancient to modern. This tour includes gems by artists like Botticelli, Monet, and Warhol, along with the first piece ever purchased by the CMA.

Gallery Tour: Carolina in the Collection
Sunday, October 14 | 2:00 p.m.
Discover the rich artistic tapestry of South Carolina. See works by artists in our state and treasures that once adorned local homes. Learn about the Charleston Renaissance, Catawba pottery, and artists right here in Columbia while you explore works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Samuel Roberts, Osamu Kobayashi, Georgia O'Keeffe, and more.

Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection
Sunday, October 21 | 2:00 p.m.
Get a glimpse into the story behind the art: the science to create the materials, the lives that shaped the artists' views, the thinking that leads a museum to acquire a piece, and the care that's required to keep a work of art in excellent condition for thousands of years.

Gladys’ Gang: Wood You Please
Wednesday, October 3 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Art can be made of all sorts of materials. Join us as we talk about the possibilities of wood in art from sculpture to furniture and then build our own wooden creations. 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: texture. Free. Registration required as space is limited.

First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Thursday, October 4 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Want to know more about the South Carolina art in the CMA Collection? At 5:00 p.m., enjoy a brief tour of works by Palmetto state artists. At 6:00 p.m., explore some of the themes in Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell with a brief tour. Have a laugh with The Mothers sketch comedy troupe from Trustus Theatre at 6:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., join the #WhatSheSaid Project for a Story Slam. Free with membership or admission.

Behind the Scenes at the CMA
Thursday, October 4 | Tours from 7:00 –8:00 p.m.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the third phase of our renovations with Executive Director Della Watkins. Refreshments will be available. Free. Members only. Registration is required as space is limited. Renew your membership or join today and see the transformation in person.

#WhatSheSaid Project Story Slam: Nature vs. Nurture
Thursday, October 4 | 7:00 p.m.
Katie Pell’s art speaks to the human condition, and so do the voices of the #WhatSheSaid Project. In celebration of Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell, the CMA partners with Shannon Ivey for the fourth season of Story Slam during October’s First Thursday on Main. Storytellers explore the concept of nature versus nurture and how individual experiences truly shape a person. The #WhatSheSaid Project uses improvisation, Theatre of the Oppressed exercises, and first-person storytelling in a Moth-style story slam format to engage storytellers and audiences in socially responsible community action and connection. Shannon Ivey, MFA, a professional actor, activist, and lover of a good tale, and founder and artistic director of the #WhatSheSaid Project serves as the evening’s host. Cash bar. Recommended for audiences 16 and up. Free with membership or admission.

Columbia Design League’s Meet the Designer: The Hendrix Experience
Tuesday, October 9 | 6:00 p.m.
Take a look at Columbia’s next dining hotspot, Hendrix, 1649 Main Street. Get the scoop on the restaurant’s thoughtful design — a perfect balance of historic preservation and culinary cutting-edge in every aspect from architecture to interiors to menu development — at this pre-opening preview. Enjoy menu samplings and beer and wine while hearing the Hendrix story from the project’s architect, construction manager, interior designer, owners, and chef. Limited to 40 participants. $45 / $35 for CDL members.

About Face Drawing Sessions
Tuesdays, October 9 and 23
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.

The Contemporaries Fall Fest at Craft and Draft
Thursday, October 11 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fall back into Columbia's art scene with the Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art at their Fall Fest at Craft and Draft, 2607 Devine Street. Join us for limited edition local beer served by Craft and Draft, food from City Limits Barbeque, live music, and art by Columbia’s own Shelby LeBlanc. Admission includes two drink tickets and food. $30 / $25 for Contemporaries members. Join or renew Contemporaries membership at the door and gain free admission.

The FAAAC Presents: Talk with Artists Winton and Rosa Eugene
Friday, October 12 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) partners with McKissick Museum for an intimate conversation with self-taught African American potters Winton and Rosa Eugene. For thirty years, this husband and wife artistic duo has produced a body of functional wares and sculptural works that speak to Southerners’ shared experiences and seek to address issues that resonate with them. Hear about the couples’ artistic process and how they have sustained a thriving arts-based business. This FAAAC talk complements Place It / Face It : Pottery by Eugene, an exhibition on view at McKissick Museum through December 15. The talk will be held at the CMA. $5 / free for FAAAC members.

Passport to Art: You're Adorable!
Sunday, October 14, 2018 | Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Just like the rock star icons in Something's Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell, you can be a shining star! Make your own golden self-portrait in this free drop-in studio program. If you feel more inspired by the musicians, create your own rock star icon with copies of old album covers. Free.

ArtBreak: Art and Marine Ecology
Tuesday, October 16 |Pop-up café at 10:30 a.m. | Program at 11:00 a.m.
Inspired by the global ocean scenes in Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed, Dr. John Mark Dean, professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, discusses his research in ecology. By analyzing art through the ages, he learns about the role of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and how an ancient fishery confronts modern demands.

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 Curiosity Coffee Bar’s pop-up café. Program starts at 11:00 a.m. Free with membership or admission.

Gilding Workshop
Monday, October 22 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
In this three-hour workshop, students learn the basics of gold leaf and create their own works of art inspired by the album cover collages in Something's Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell. Taught by CMA Assistant Preparator Laura Garner Hine. $60 / $48 for members. Ages 15 – adult.

A Rock Star Tour and Tasting
Thursday, October 25 | 7:00 p.m.
Listen to some sweet tunes while tasting craft brews. In this special edition tour and tasting, get to know about beer from the knowledgeable staff at Bottles Beverage Superstore. Afterward, enjoy a guided experience through Something's Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell with music from rock stars like Mick Jagger and Peter Frampton. Light refreshments and a ticket for one full-size beer of your choice are included. $30 / $25 for members.

CMA Chamber Music on Main
Tuesday, October 30 | Happy hour at 6:00 p.m. | Concert at 7:00 p.m. | Galleries open during happy hour.
Music plus art equals a magical experience with this chamber concert series featuring new artistic director Andrew Armstrong. Tessa Lark on violin, Ayane Kozasa on viola, Karen Ouzounian on cello, and Andrew Armstrong on piano play works by Schubert, Fauré, Enescu, and Brahms, plus a composition from Lark herself. CMA Chamber Music on Main, a longtime fan-favorite program, brings together world-class musicians who are acclaimed in their respective instruments. Presented by U.S. Trust. $42 / $35 for members / $5 for students.

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. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA is undergoing a transformation funded by a successful capital campaign. Though some sections of the building will be affected during some phases of the work, the CMA remains open throughout renovations. The project is expected to be complete in late 2018. To learn more, visit

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