Upcoming Events at the Columbia Museum of Art

The CMA has a new look. After more than a year and a half of renovations, the CMA is bigger and better! The CMA is a place to learn something, do something, and see something. Both adult art classes and children’s programs make learning fun, and new exhibitions come through every few months. If you have never been, or haven’t been in a while, now’s a great time to rediscover the Columbia Museum of Art at one of their great upcoming events.

Arts & Draughts, Friday, August 23rd 7:00PM
This quarterly event offers beer, live music, art, food and more with DIY art projects, scavenger hunts and unique tours. “Art, drink, and be happy!”

Play on the Plaza, Saturday, August 24th 10:00AM
Bring the little ones to play on Boyd Plaza. Held every Saturday, this FREE event lets children build and create with big, blue blocks. Supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant.

Gallery Tour: Wow Pop Bliss, Saturday, August 24th 1:00PM
Have an encounter with the dynamic and playful work from contemporary artists, Jimmy Kuehnle and Mimi Kato. Kuehnle uses inflatables to create touchable, interactive art; Mimi Kato portrays herself as a vast range of characters through the use of photography.

Gallery Tour: Carolina in the Collection, Sunday, August 25th 1:00PM
Discover the artistic talents of South Carolina through various works; learn about the Charleston Renaissance, Catawba poetry, and local artists organized by themes where visitors can compare ancient and contemporary art.

Play on the Plaza, Saturday, August 31st 1:00 PM
Play with the CMA’s big, blue blocks at Boyd Plaza for FREE. Fun for all ages.

Gallery Tour: Wow Pop Bliss, Saturday, August 31st, 1:00PM
If you missed last week’s tour of Jimmy Kuehnle and Mimi Kato, the exhibits are back for a command performance.

Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection, Saturday, September 1st 1:00PM
See the story behind the art through science, materials, artists’ views and lives, acquisition, and care required to maintain wondrous works of art.

Hats Off! Tuesday, September 3rd 2:00PM
A tour devoted to headwear by Docent Ann Holtschlag.

Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: City Street, Wednesday, September 4th 10:00AM
Explore urbanscapes in this program designed for 2-3 year olds as a way to explore art through movement and play. Program includes story time, gallery exploration, and creative activity.

CMA Freshman Mixer, Thursday, September 5th 5:00PM
Calling incoming college freshman to learn about local art, events, community resources, and the perks of being a museum member. Enjoy a photobooth, exhibitions, mocktail bar, and a scavenger hunt for prizes. Snow cones and food available for purchase.

Look ahead: Van Gogh and his inspirations coming in October!

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