Blossom of Hope

April 8- May 1
Blossoms of Hope

7th Annual Juried Theme Show
Moving Forward
Columbia Art Center Galleries
Reception & Awards Ceremony: Friday, April 8, 6-8pm
Proceeds benefit the Claudia Mayer/Tina broccolino Cancer Resource Center of Howard County General Hospital


April 11-29
Would You Say That to My Face?

Choose Civility Poster Contest
Columbia Art Center Galleries
Presented by the Columbia  Art Center, Howard County Library System, and Howard County Public School System.
Students in grades K-12 created posters reflecting this social media responsibility for this year’s theme: “Would You Say That To My Face?” The Choose Civility Poster contest encourages students to be good digital citizens, and is held in collaboration with the Howard County Public Library System.


June 11, 11am-4pm
ARTreach Outdoor Festival

Long Reach Village Center
Help us engage the community and reimagine Long Reach Village Center through a day of visual, literary and performing arts.
The one day event is sponsored by Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Government, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Long Reach Community Association, Columbia Association and Columbia Art Center. Enjoy art demonstrations, interactive activities, music and dance performances,  good food and lots more.

Annual Student Faculty Exhibition
Columbia Art Center Galleries
Features a variety of art created by instructors and students of Columbia Art Center
Reception & Potluck Dinner: Tuesday, May 17, 5:30-7:30pm
Featured art includes pottery, sculpture, fiber, watercolor, acrylic, oil paintings, photographs, mixed media, jewelry, collage, mosaics and fused glass


September 10-25
Main and Window Galleries

ManneqART: Sculpture on the Human Form
Features 3-D artworks presented on life-size mannequins created by artists and reflecting the theme of Flora, Fauna, Action and Androids.
Curated by Wearable Art Designer Lee Andersen.
Reception: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2-4pm
Dance performance by Lindey Allen at 3pm.
Gallery show is part of the Howard County Arts Council’s Road to the Arts.


September 19, 7pm
The Maceo Leatherwood Retrospective: Reflections of Family, Life and Culture 

This presentation, which is produced by his daughter, poet Vanita Leatherwood, will explore the creative journey of Maceo, a Washington, D.C., native. Having engaged subjects for his art as diverseas human rights,ancestralconnections, music and spirituality in nature, Maceo’s work is steeped in symbolism. This presentation is a look at not only the story of one man and his craft, but a dialogue about what it means to make an art of living against the grain.


October 1-October 30
Erase Hate Through ArtErase the Hage image
Sponsored by How Do You Like Me Now Productions Inc.

Gala and reception: Sunday, Oct. 2, 1-4pm
Curator: Grant Myers

This free event is an examination of the phenomenon of bullying and hate crimes through the eyes of artists as a means of prevention.

Gala will include performances and presentations.


October 7 and 14
Art: Out and About
With Ann Wiker, art historian, artist and instructor for Johns Hopkins’ Osher program and Howard Community College

For additional dates, select from the months listed.

The best way to view art is up close and personal. See texture. Move around a sculpture. Watch as art is created in a studio.

This two-class series gets you in front of famous artworks and brand new art.

Session 1: preparatory lecture to learn how the works have context within the history of art.
Session 2: students transport themselves to meet the instructor at local studios, museums and galleries.

Destinations include: the American Visionary Art Museum, National Museum for Women in the Arts and various artists’ studios.

$55 Columbia residents/$65 nonresidents


October 24, 7pm
Protest Art: Art with a Message
Presentation by Ann Wiker, art historian, artist, and instructor for Howard Community College and Johns Hopkins’ Osher program

From Picasso’s Guernica to contemporary graffiti, art has often been used as a means of communication. Explore how artists throughout history have used visual imagery to raise attention for political and cultural issues.