Columbia Art Center offers a broad menu of exhibits, tours and special events. These include free monthly Salon Series presentations that feature artists, writers and musicians sharing their craft (co-sponsored by Little Patuxent Review); exhibits featuring local and regional artists in the main and window galleries; and, most recently, the Wilde Reading Series, which explores how the craft of writing can inspire and fuel the imagination in this free monthly series, which is followed by an open mic.

Color Columbia Plein Air Paint Out

Saturday, Sept. 8


Mark your calendars and meet us outdoors, where you can breathe fresh air, hear the birds, and paint the scenery and diverse architectural elements around Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake in Downtown Columbia, Maryland. Sitemaps will be at the welcome booth. An exhibition of the resulting works will be held in Columbia Art Center’s Window and Main Gallery, Sept. 15-30.

The welcome booth at Lake Kittamaqundi will be open 8:30am-5pm.

To participate, please contact Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email for details and entry form.

Color Columbia Plein Air Exhibition

Sept. 15-30

Window and Main Gallery

Reception: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2-4pm

Color Columbia Plein Air exhibit showcases a variety of plein air paintings featuring sites and scenery of Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake. Paintings displayed were created on-site at Color Columbia Plein Air Paint Out Sept. 8.

The gallery show is part of the Howard County Arts Council’s Road to the Arts.

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  or visit 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

Columbia Art Center is a Columbia Association facility.