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.

Fiber Focus: The Artful World of Fabric and Textiles Invitational Fiber Exhibition

Main Gallery

Reception: Saturday, February 9, 2-4pm

Dates: February 9-March 2

A selection of artistic creations made of natural or synthetic fiber, plus other components, emphasizing aesthetic value over utility.

MEET THE JELLYBOTS: An Experiment In Character Driven Iconography in Mixed Media

Reception: Saturday, February 9, 2-4pm

Exhibit dates: March 18-April 10

By Ben Azzara

Dates: February 9-March 9

What is a Jellybot?

Robot jellyfish, or “jellybots,” are speculative miniature machine-type organisms that, in the future, can combine and evolve into more complex creatures. Mixing comics, graffiti, and iconography, Ben draws inspiration from the patterns found in nature, especially tropical fish, insects, and birds.

The Poetry Poster Project: The Powerful Diversity of Poetic Talent in Prince George’s County

Curated by Hiram Larew

Reception: Saturday, February 16,  2-4pm, featuring celebratory reading and open mic for public participation. Snow date: February 23.

Dates: February 9-March 2

The Poetry Poster Project showcases poetry from neighboring Prince George’s County displayed as an exhibit of “written artwork”.  Featured poets include Sistah Joy Alford, Ladi Di Beverly, Forestine Bynum, Diane Wilbon Parks, Edgar Gabriel Silex, and the 2017 Prince George’s County youth poet laureate, Samantha Jackson. The posters present a dignified collection of poems that are suitable for all ages; poems are family friendly and apolitical.  

Visionary Women: The Journey, Art About Women By Women  

Gala reception: Friday, March 8, 6-8:30pm

Main and Window Galleries.

Exhibit dates: March 8-31

An invitational art exhibit and series of events celebrating the talents and art of women from Howard County and Maryland during National Women’s History Month. March 8, International Women’s Day, has been chosen as the focal point of the observance.

Artist talks, Juror Talk and Awards Ceremony: Friday, March 8, 6:45pm

Panel discussion: Saturday, March 17, 2-4pm. Moderated by Lela Sewell-Williams

Juror: Robin Holliday, owner and curator of HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Savage

Choose Civility 2019 Poster and Video Contest: We Are All Welcome Here

Reception and awards ceremony: April 10, 6:30-8pm, awards ceremony at 7:30

Choose Civility 2019 Poster and Video Contest: We Are All Welcome Here

Design a poster or create a video illustrating the theme. Use your imagination, creativity, and artistic talent to show how everyone is welcome in our school, neighborhood and the entire community. Learn more at

Entries accepted February 1-March 1, 2019

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.