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 and Art: Out and About.

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.

Art History Lecture Series and Tour: This new series will take you behind the scenes of the art world. Each class has two sessions. For the first session, students will learn about the history of various art pieces. For the following session, students will provide their own transportation and meet the instructor at local studios, museums and galleries.

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:


Maryland Pastel Society Signature Member Show

March 1-5

Enjoy a wide variety of artworks by Signature Members of the Maryland Pastel Society. Signature Members have achieved this status by demonstrating proficient levels of skills such as concept, composition and technical application.


Faculty/Student Annual ExhibitionArt Center Student Faculty

March 9-26

Reception and Potluck Dinner: Tuesday, March 22, 5:30-7:30pm

This show features a wide selection of art created by instructors and students of Columbia Art Center. Art includes pottery, sculpture, watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, photographs, jewelry, mosaics, fused glass and more.

Salon Series

Food in Film
With Mike Giuliano and Marie Westhaver, film professors at Howard Community College

Monday, March 27, 7pm

If you haven’t experienced Giuliano and Westhaver’s film talks, then you are in for a (literal) treat! Back by popular demand, this presentation marks the sixth time this dynamic duo has shared their film knowledge and expertise with our salon groups. Giuliano and Westhaver will be sharing their knowledge about food as a topic in film. In line with the theme, attendees are welcome to bring a favorite dessert or snack item to share. Columbia Art Center will provide other potluck snacks and beverages.

Wilde Readings

Featured authors: Ginny Crawford and Sam Schmidt

Tuesday, March 28, 7-8:30pm

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, the series kicked off last fall. Please check out the winter lineup. Free of charge and no registration is necessary. Location: Columbia Art Center Galleries and Studio I. (Note: Open mic presenters are asked to keep their readings to under 5 minutes.)


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

Fridays, March 17 and 31

The best way to view art is in person: getting in front of a painting so you can see the actual texture of the paint, moving around a sculpture so you can view it from every angle, or even in a studio, watching the art as it is being created. This series will bring you up close and personal with famous artworks and with brand new art. Each class has two sessions. For the first session, students will meet the instructor at Columbia Art Center for a preparatory lecture to learn how the art has context within the history of art. For the following session, students will provide their own transportation and meet the instructor at local studios, museums and galleries.


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. A partnership exhibition sponsored by Columbia Association’s Volunteer Center Serving Howard County and Columbia Art Center.

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.

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.

Download / Print Entry Form

  • February 28, 2017

Call for Entries
Columbia Art Center
Columbia Art Center Galleries

Columbia Art Center is a Columbia Association facility.