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

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.

Salon Series

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

Presentation by “Faces” author Betty May

Monday, Dec. 11
7pm, freeMay will discuss “Faces,” a play that is based on the women she met in prison that are sentenced to life behind bars. She will describe their lives, what awaits people in prison, and the difficulties they face upon their release. Finally, she will offer hope in the form of advice and warnings from the incarcerated women, and increasingly popular alternatives to violence. Due to the serious nature of this content, this program is not appropriate for young children. Parental discretion advised.

Exhibits

HCPSS Partnership Annual Theme Show (High School) Developing Understanding: The Photographer’s Eye

Jan. 5-30
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 11, 5-6:30pm Snow date: Thursday, Jan. 18, 5-6pmThis exhibit explores the deeper understandings and goals behind composing and taking a picture.

Salon Series

Young Adult Novels: Not Just for the Young at Heart

With Laura Shovan

 Mon, Jan. 8, 7pm, free

Young adult novels are aimed at teens, but many of these books have a loyal following among adults, too. Not only are books for teens well-written, but they also deal with classic literary themes, have the freedom to blend genres and tackle serious issues in a hopeful way.

Join Laura Shovan and a panel of three authors as we examine the far-reaching appeal of young adult literature. Featured authors include Pintip Dunn, Karen Hattrup and C.P. Patrick.

Exhibits

Maryland Society of Portrait Painters Perception: The Artist’s View

Feb. 8-March 4

Reception: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2-4pm

A juried exhibition highlighting each artist’s use of portrait and figurative work. Each artist will convey a specific message through the use of environment, action, expression or dress.

Salon Series

Black Books Live: A Literary Podcast Black Books

Black Books Live: A Literary Podcast Black Books

Saturday, Feb. 10, 6pm, free

Black Books Live is a podcast featuring literature by black authors. Writer, publisher and podcast creator Jason Harris and local authors will read new work and the work of classic authors such as James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison in honor of Black History Month.

Exhibits

Maryland Society of Portrait Painters Perception: The Artist’s View

Through March 4

A juried exhibition highlighting each artist’s use of portrait and figurative work. Each artist will convey a specific message through the use of environment, action, expression or dress.

Salon Series

Seth Kibel and Sean Lane: The Birth of Bebop

Monday, March 5, 7pm

The end of World War II also signified the end of the Swing Era, a period when jazz and popular music were basically synonymous. In the years that followed, a group of pioneering African-American musicians rebelled against the prevailing style and developed the next phase in jazz evolution — bebop. Initially cultivated in the after-hours jam sessions of Harlem, this new music found a home in the post-war years in the small nightclubs of 52nd Street in Manhattan. Seth and Sean will tell the stories and perform the music of such bebop pioneers as Charlie “Bird” Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and more.

Admission: $10 (purchase includes a past issue of Little Patuxent Review)

Mike Giuliano and Marie Westhaver: Our Favorite Film Stars

Thursday, April 5, 7pm

Have a favorite actor? See if they make the list! Back by popular demand, this presentation marks the seventh time these fabulous HCC film professors have shared their film knowledge and expertise with our salon groups. Giuliano and Westhaver will impart their knowledge about who they think are the top film actors of all time.

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.