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.

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Color Columbia Plein Air Paint Out

Saturday, Sept. 9


In association with Columbia’s 50th Birthday Celebration, Color Columbia is the first outdoor plein air painting event at Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake. Walk the lakes and tour the painting sites as artists create their visions of Columbia’s downtown and lake areas. Site maps will be at the welcome booth. An exhibition of the resulting works will be held in Columbia Art Center’s Main Gallery, Sept. 16-30.

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

If you are a Plein Air artist who is interested in participating in the paint out, please email Liz Henzey ( or Trudy Babchak ( for more information and an entry form. Returned entry forms (along with a $25 entry fee) and work samples are due Saturday, Sept. 2.

Color Columbia Plein Air Exhibition

Sept. 16-30

Main Gallery

Reception and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, Sept. 16, 3-5pm

In celebration of Columbia’s 50th Birthday, this 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 9.

The gallery show is part of the Howard County Arts Council’s Road to the Arts.

Check back in August for a complete listing of fall events. 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  or visit All events held at Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia.

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Columbia Art Center is a Columbia Association facility.