Columbia Art Center offers a broad menu of exhibits, tours and special events. These include Salon Series presentations, exhibits featuring local and regional artists and, most recently, the Wilde Reading Series. 

Exhibits: Each month, the Art Center features exhibitions in the main and window galleries to showcase the talents of local and regional artists. Receptions, galas and presentations follow select exhibits.

Salon Series: Art can take various forms. Co-sponsored by Little Patuxent Review, the Salon Series features artists, writers and musicians who share their craft with audiences for free each month.

Wilde Reading Series: Explore how the craft of writing can inspire and fuel the imagination in this free monthly series. An open mic will follow each presentation for interested audience members.

Exhibits

Erase Hate Through Art 

Oct. 8-29
Reception: Sunday, Oct. 8, 1-4pm. Reception includes performances and poetry presentations.The fourth annual Erase Hate Through Art exhibition is an examination of the phenomenon of bullying and hate crimes through the eyes of artists as a means of prevention. The show features the artworks of more than 50 artists from Maryland, Virginia, New York, Indiana, Florida and New Mexico. Sponsored by How Do You Like Me Now Productions, Inc. Curated by Grant Myers.

Salon Series

 What Improv Group!?!

Monday, Oct. 16
7pm, free
What Improv Group!?! began its onstage journey February, 2009. For the past six years the group’s performances have brought a unique underground take on improv and storytelling.

Art History and Tour Series

Art: Out and About

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

The best way to view art is in person: getting in front of a painting so you can see the actual texture of the paint, moving around a sculpture so you can view it from every angle, or even in a studio, watching the art as it is being created. This series will bring you up close and personal with famous artworks and with brand new art. Each lecture is followed by an optional tour. For the lecture, students will meet with the instructor at Columbia Art Center. For the art tour, students will provide their own transportation and meet the instructor at local studios, museums and galleries. (Note: Tuition is separate for the lecture and the tour. Students are welcome to take one without the other.)

This month’s sessions will include a lecture on famous collectors and a trip to Kreeger Museum.

VIPs of the Art World: Famous Collectors Lecture

Friday, Oct. 20, 10am-noon
$30 Columbia residents/$40 nonresidents

Trip to Kreeger Museum: Permanent Collection

Friday, Oct. 27, 10am-noon
$20 for everyone (plus $7-$10 entry fee to Kreeger Museum)

Art History and Tour Series

Art: Out and About

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

The best way to view art is in person: getting in front of a painting so you can see the actual texture of the paint, moving around a sculpture so you can view it from every angle, or even in a studio, watching the art as it is being created. This series will bring you up close and personal with famous artworks and with brand new art. Each lecture is followed by an optional tour. For the lecture, students will meet with the instructor at Columbia Art Center. For the art tour, students will provide their own transportation and meet the instructor at local studios, museums and galleries. (Note: Tuition is separate for the lecture and the tour. Students are welcome to take one without the other.)

This month’s sessions will include a lecture on contemporary artists and a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Contemporary Artists Lecture

Friday, Nov. 3, 10am-noon
$30 Columbia residents/$40 nonresidents

Trip to Baltimore Museum of Art: Kara Walker and Hank Willis Thomas

Friday, Nov. 17, 10am-noon
$20 for everyone

Open House

Wheel-Throwing, Glazing, and Sculpture Demos

Saturday, Nov. 4, Noon – 3pm
On Saturday, Nov. 4, Columbia Art Center will be a part of the Fitness, Fun & Friends Open House from  noon-3pm. The ceramics studio will have wheel-throwing, glazing, and sculpture demos. Guests will also have the opportunity to complete a small hand building project. Faculty and staff will be on hand to talk with visitors and give tours of the ceramics facility, gift shop and other studios. For more information on other Open House activities, visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/openhouse.

Salon Series

Psychedelic Folk: Miles Gannett and Sean P. Finn

Monday, Nov. 6, 7pm
Enjoy an evening with singer-songwriter/ guitarist Gannett as he performs original songs and covers accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Finn. Expect whimsical melodies and chord changes, cosmic/comic lyrics, and sounds ranging from Beatlesque baroque pop to folk country à la John Prine.Admission: $10 (purchase includes a past issue of Little Patuxent Review)

 Exhibits

Maryland Photography Alliance Juried Exhibition

Nov. 9-30
Reception: Sunday, Nov. 12, 2-4pmA juried exhibition featuring the best photographic works from the Maryland Photography Alliance, a new alliance of photography clubs formed to showcase the state’s photographic community.  

ReFramed: Collage by Pat Wilson

Nov. 9-30
Reception: Sunday, Nov. 12, 2-4pmAn exhibit featuring Pat’s technique of painting with paper. Through this process, the pieces of paper come together, becoming one and bringing forth patterns of color and texture, light and dark, cities and towns, neighborhoods, boardwalks, windows and doors, a glowing city!

Exhibits

Singular Sensations Annual Holiday Art Show 20th Anniversary Show!

Dec. 7-17
Reception and Live Music: Thursday, Dec. 7, 6-8pm Now in its 20th year, this annual show features a wide selection of art for sale at $200 or less. Ideal for holiday shopping and home decorating!
Attention artists: To obtain an entry form to participate in the show, click here. If you have further questions, please call 410-730-0075 or email Art.Staff@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

 

Art History and Tour Series

Art: Out and About

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

The best way to view art is in person: getting in front of a painting so you can see the actual texture of the paint, moving around a sculpture so you can view it from every angle, or even in a studio, watching the art as it is being created. This series will bring you up close and personal with famous artworks and with brand new art. Each lecture is followed by an optional tour. For the lecture, students will meet with the instructor at Columbia Art Center. For the art tour, students will provide their own transportation and meet the instructor at local studios, museums and galleries. (Note: Tuition is separate for the lecture and the tour. Students are welcome to take one without the other.)

This month’s sessions will include a lecture on conceptualism and a trip to Glenstone Museum.

Conceptualism Lecture

Friday, Dec. 8, 10am-noon
$30 Columbia residents/$40 nonresidents
Trip to Glenstone Museum: Art of Roni Horn
Friday, Dec. 15, noon-2pm
$20 for everyone

Trip to Glenstone Museum: Art of Roni Horn

Friday, Dec. 15, noon-2pm
$20 for everyone

Salon Series

Words of Wisdom from Incarcerated Women: “The consequences of bad choices”

Presentation by “Faces” author Betty May

Monday, Dec. 11
7pm, free

To view past exhibits, click here.

Attention artists: Are you interested in renting one of our gallery spaces for one-to-two-week shows? For a small rental fee, you set up your own show and coordinate your own reception and artist talks. For more information, please call 410-730-0075, email Art.Staff@ColumbiaAssociation.org  or visit ColumbiaArtCenter.org. All events held at Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia.

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Columbia Art Center (CAC) accepts proposals from individual artists, curators, small groups and arts organizations. Artists working in all media and styles, including installation, are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information and to download an application. If you have further questions, please call 410-730-0075 or email Art.Staff@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Columbia Art Center is a Columbia Association facility.