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:

Exhibits

Healing Hands/Words of Inspiration
Blossoms of Hope Invitational Theme Show

April 1-23

Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-8pm

In this invitational exhibition, 50 works of art and corresponding words of inspiration are presented honoring Columbia’s 50th birthday. The exhibition is sponsored by Columbia Association’s Volunteer Center Serving Howard County and Columbia Art Center.

Kindness Creates Community 2017: Choose Civility Poster and Video Exhibit

April 5-20

Reception and Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, April 5, 5:30-7pm

This exhibition features artworks created by youth and teens reflecting the 2017 theme of “Kindness Creates Community.” Sponsored by Columbia Art Center, Howard County Library System and Howard County Public School System.

Reservoir High School Advanced Art Showcase
April 26-May 7

Reception: Sunday, April 30, 2-4pm

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.

Salon Series

A Musical Journey through South Asia
With Shaista Taj Keating

Monday, April 3, 7pm

Keating will share folk songs, ghazals from Pakistan and classical ragas from North India. She has taught at UCLA and performed on national television, at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, UCLA, and several international celebrations.

Lectures

Art Styles Refresher: Which “ism” is it?

With Ann Wiker, art historian, artist and instructor for Johns Hopkins’ Osher program and Howard Community College

Thursdays, April 13 and 27, 10am-noon (two sessions)
or
Thursdays, May 4 and 11, 10am-noon (two sessions)

$55 Columbia residents/$65 nonresidents

During the Renaissance, artists made great strides in presenting realism in their artwork. The paintings from this time looked more like the real world and had believable depth and figures that actually looked human. With the introduction of modern art, the whole purpose of art changed; artists were no longer interested in using their canvases as a window to the world, but were instead focused on the canvas as a surface for their thoughts and ideas and feelings. As a result, there was an explosion of art styles: impressionism, Fauvism, expressionism, surrealism, Dada, minimalism and many more. What influenced the creation of some of these styles? What do the styles look like? Who were some of the artists practicing each of these styles? This course provides a refresher on the history of art styles.

Wilde Readings

Featured authors: Michael Rothenberg, Ron Williams

Tuesday, April 18, 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.)

Rep Stage Play Reading

All She Must Possess By Susan McCully

By Susan McCully • Directed by Joseph Ritsch

Presented by Rep Stage of Howard Community College

Monday, May 1, 7-8:30pm

Columbia Art Center is pleased to host the Rep Stage’s rehearsal reading of Susan McCully’s play, All She Must Possess. As a member of the audience, enjoy viewing a rehearsal reading of the play by the actors. All She Must Possess centers on the Baltimore Cone sisters, Dr. Claribel and Miss Etta, daughters of German-Jewish immigrants. Instead of living tranquil, appropriate lives as respected Victorian ladies, the iconic duo voraciously collected art and curios from around the world. The unassuming Etta, often overshadowed by her sister, sat demurely among art and literary geniuses of the early 20th century while slowly amassing one of world’s greatest Modern Art collections. The play is a highly theatrical celebration of Etta’s extraordinary life.

Lectures

Art Styles Refresher: Which “ism” is it?

With Ann Wiker, art historian, artist and instructor for Johns Hopkins’ Osher program and Howard Community College

Thursdays, May 4 and 11, 10am-noon (two sessions)

$55 Columbia residents/$65 nonresidents

During the Renaissance, artists made great strides in presenting realism in their artwork. The paintings from this time looked more like the real world and had believable depth and figures that actually looked human. With the introduction of modern art, the whole purpose of art changed; artists were no longer interested in using their canvases as a window to the world, but were instead focused on the canvas as a surface for their thoughts and ideas and feelings. As a result, there was an explosion of art styles: impressionism, Fauvism, expressionism, surrealism, Dada, minimalism and many more. What influenced the creation of some of these styles? What do the styles look like? Who were some of the artists practicing each of these styles? This course provides a refresher on the history of art styles.

Wilde Readings

Featured authors: Ken Brown

Tuesday, May 9, 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.)

Salon Series

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

ARTrospective Ceramics Exhibit Celebrating Columbia’s 50th Birthday

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 Birthday

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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