The CMA pulls back the veil at The Hidden Gala

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art hosts the 2018 Gala, The Hidden Gala, black-tie affair to celebrate and support the arts, on Saturday, April 21. The museum’s largest fundraiser of the year will showcase the major spring exhibition Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham in an evening filled with enchanting cuisine, décor, and entertainment.

“The Gala is a fantastic way to experience the museum,” say Gala Co-Chairs Julie Brenan and Steven Ford in a joint statement. “It’s a night of excitement, glamour, and mystery. You get to have fun, dance, enjoy incredible food and drinks, experience amazing art, and hunt for sneak peaks into the CMA’s ongoing transformation.”

Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham is a stunning exhibition curated by CMA Chief Curator Will South that showcases one of the most influential and innovative photographers in the history of the genre. Cunningham took up photography in 1901, a mere 62 years after Daguerre invented it. An extraordinary technician, she produced deeply poetic work.

Like the featured exhibition, the CMA itself is both seen and unseen as renovations obscure views of some areas of the museum. This year’s Gala embraces the lure of the unseen and offers the opportunity to pull back the veil and see what is to come for attendees who follow clues throughout the party.

Guests will be treated to a delicious menu by Southern Way, a specialty cocktail for the evening, and a Lexus bubbly bar. Entertainment for the evening includes jazz from Station Seven Band, dance music compliments of Events by Snow DJ Kevin Snow, and a contemporary ballet performance by USC Dance Company.

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 Hidden Gala is going to be a beautiful event that should not be missed,” say Brenan and Ford. “Our volunteers have a passion for the arts, the museum in particular, and their community. We can’t wait to open the doors on April 21 and welcome everyone to the best party in town.”

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 Joyce and George Hill. Additional support provided by many others.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. | Black Tie Attire | Complimentary Valet Parking | $175 ($75 tax deductible)

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