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, 8:30am-5pm

*Rain or shine

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.

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

Bring your family and friends and have fun painting outdoor landscape and water scenes of Lake Kittamaqundi! All supplies provided. Light instruction available! Enjoy music provided by a DJ, plus pop-up poetry readings!

*For more information, please contact Columbia Art Center at 410-730-0075 or email

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.

Fifth Annual Erase Hate Through Art Exhibition

October 6-27

Main and Window Galleries

Gala and reception: Sunday, October 7, 1-4pm

(Event includes performances and presentations.)

Erase Hate Through Art is an examination of the bullying and hate crimes through the eyes of the artist, presented to promote acceptance over tolerance. The show features the artworks of more than 50 artists. Erase Hate Through Art is sponsored by How Do You Like Me Now Productions Inc.

Curated by Grant Myers

C. Black Jones: Narrative Color

October 6-27
Studio 1 Gallery
Reception: Saturday, October 6, 2-4pmJoin Cheryl as she journeys through imaginative places using her palette knife and brush to guide her dance across
the canvas.

The Art of Abstraction

November 3-24

Window and Main Galleries

Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2-4pm

Some of the greatest art comes from those working outside the box. Take a look at abstract art that uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create compositions that depart from the depiction of reality.

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

November 1-December 15

Studio 1 Gallery

Reception: Saturday, November 10,  2-4pm

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. This event also features a celebratory reading and open mic for public participation.

Curated by Hiram Larew

Singular Sensations Annual Holiday Art Show 2018

December 6-16

Main and Window Galleries

Reception: Thursday, December 6, 5:30-7:30pm

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, please call 410-730-0075 or email

Live music by jazz group Sounds Good!

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.