Healing Hands/Words of Inspiration
Blossoms of Hope Invitational Theme Show

April 1-23

Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-8pm

In this invitational exhibition, 50 works of art and corresponding words of inspiration are presented honoring Columbia’s 50th birthday. A partnership exhibition sponsored by Columbia Association’s Volunteer Center Serving Howard County and Columbia Art Center.

Kindness Creates Community 2017: Choose Civility Poster and Video Exhibit

April 5-20

Reception and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-7pm

This exhibition features artworks created by youth and teens reflecting the 2017 theme of “Kindness Creates Community.” Sponsored by Columbia Art Center, Howard County Library System and Howard County Public School System.

Reservoir High School Advanced Art Showcase
April 26-May 7

Reception: Sunday, April 30, 2-4pm

This exhibition features a sampling of portfolios from 20 of Reservoir High School’s most dedicated student artists. Be amazed by the incredible skills, thematic conceptual ideas and personal voices in a variety of styles and mediums from these upcoming artists.

Salon Series

A Musical Journey through South Asia
With Shaista Taj Keating

Monday, April 3, 7pm

Keating will share folk songs, ghazals from Pakistan and classical ragas from North India. She has taught at UCLA and performed on national television, at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, UCLA, and several international celebrations.


Art Styles Refresher: Which “ism” is it?

With Ann Wiker, art historian, artist and instructor for Johns Hopkins’ Osher program and Howard Community College

Thursdays, April 13 and 27, 10am-noon (two sessions)
Thursdays, May 4 and 11, 10am-noon (two sessions)

$55 Columbia residents/$65 nonresidents

During the Renaissance, artists made great strides in presenting realism in their artwork. The paintings from this time looked more like the real world and had believable depth and figures that actually looked human. With the introduction of modern art, the whole purpose of art changed; artists were no longer interested in using their canvases as a window to the world, but were instead focused on the canvas as a surface for their thoughts and ideas and feelings. As a result, there was an explosion of art styles: impressionism, Fauvism, expressionism, surrealism, Dada, minimalism and many more. What influenced the creation of some of these styles? What do the styles look like? Who were some of the artists practicing each of these styles? This course provides a refresher on the history of art styles.

Wilde Readings

Featured authors: Michael Rothenberg, Ron Williams

Tuesday, April 18, 7-8:30pm

Back by popular demand! Columbia Art Center presents a new and free literary reading series that will feature local poets and authors, as well as an open mic for interested audience members. Sponsored by Howard County Poetry and Literary Society and coordinated by Laura Shovan, Ann Bracken, and Linda Joy Burke. Please check out the spring lineup. Free of charge and no registration is necessary. (Note: Open mic presenters are asked to keep their readings to less than five minutes.)