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, 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. Please click here for more information and author bios.

Below, you will find a complete listing of upcoming events:

Salon Series

2017 Congressional Youth Art Competition for the 3rd District of Maryland

Thursday, May 11-Saturday, May 13
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, May 13, 2-4pm

Columbia Art Center is honored to host the Congressional Youth Art Competition and awards ceremony for the fourth year in a row. Art entries from Baltimore city, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County and Howard County will be featured. Congressman John P. Sarbanes will present the awards on Saturday, May 13 at 3pm.

The winning selection will be exhibited in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., with the winners from the other Maryland districts.

The honorable mention-winning works will be displayed in Congressman Sarbanes’ Towson and D.C. offices.

Why Are They Doing That? Practices in World’s Religions

With Helen Mitchell

Monday, May 15, 7-8pm

Do you ever wonder why people dress a certain way, eat or avoid certain foods or engage in practices that can be puzzling to outsiders? What do the hand and body gestures associated with some of the world’s religions actually mean? This session will highlight and explain the core beliefs and values that underpin these practices.

Exhibits

The 20 of 17: Reservoir High School Advanced Art Showcase

May 1-7

This exhibition features a sampling of portfolios from 20 of Reservoir High School’s most dedicated student artists. Be amazed by the incredible skills, thematic conceptual ideas, and personal voices in a variety of styles and mediums from these upcoming artists.

 

ARTrospective Ceramics Exhibit Celebrating Columbia’s 50th BirthdayARTrospective_Postcard Image

May 18-June 25
Gala Reception: Saturday, May 20, 6-9pm

In this retrospective exhibition, a variety of ceramics works created by instructors and students of Columbia Art Center since its creation in the early 1970s will be featured. A panel discussion with some of the exhibiting artists, titled New Technology in an Age-Old Art, will be held Monday, June 5, 7-8:30pm, free of charge.

Exhibits

ARTrospective Ceramics Exhibit Celebrating Columbia’s 50th BirthdayARTrospective_Postcard Image

June 1-June 25

In this retrospective exhibition, a variety of ceramics works created by instructors and students of Columbia Art Center since its creation in the early 1970s will be featured. A panel discussion with some of the exhibiting artists, titled New Technology in an Age-Old Art, will be held Monday, June 5, 7-8:30pm, free of charge.

Salon Series

Ceramics Panel Discussion: New Technology in an Age-Old Art

Monday, June 5, 7-8:30pm

Computer technology enables seamless, hands-free production of ceramic objects, allowing precision form and exact reproduction. But what is the downside to the loss of tactile interaction between ceramics artist and materials? Does smart technology further an artist’s reach or stand between artist and inspiration? When does handmade transition to computer-generated? Does it matter? Enjoy an evening panel discussion among recognized ceramics artists, including those exhibiting in Columbia’s 50th ARTrospective June exhibition in Columbia Art Center. 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.

Wilde Readings

Featured authors: Carla Dupree, Susan Muaddi Darraj

Tuesday, June 13, 7-8:30pm

Back by popular demand! Columbia Art Center presents a new and free literary reading series that will feature local poets and authors, as well as an open mic for interested audience members. Sponsored by Howard County Poetry and Literary Society and coordinated by Laura Shovan, Ann Bracken, and Linda Joy Burke. Please check out the spring lineup. Free of charge and no registration is necessary. (Note: Open mic presenters are asked to keep their readings to less than five minutes.)

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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