Press Release

CMA Contemporaries host 10th annual Artist of the Year Soirée

Columbia, SC – The Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries host the 10th annual Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year Soirée and Silent Auction on Friday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. The event, established in 2004, is designed to increase awareness of and support for nearly 60 emerging artists in South Carolina. Tickets for the CAY Soirée and Silent Auction are $40 / $20 for Contemporaries members and includes artwork by SC artists, a silent auction, music, food, open bar and live entertainment. To purchase tickets, visit

This year, the jury includes – Dr. Will South, CMA chief curator, Tom Stanley, artist and chair of the Winthrop University Department of Fine Arts and Mary Walker, a painter and printmaker.

The jury selects the artwork for the silent auction and selects one winner, the Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year, based upon the following criteria: originality of concept, technical execution, consistency, professionalism and the degree to which the work was aesthetically interesting.

The CAY award is supported by Anne and Alex Postic and a matching gift from the Contemporaries. The winner receives a cash prize of $2,500. Event guests vote on the People's Choice award, and the winner is presented with an award and a cash prize of $300. Jasper Magazine is sponsoring the “State-of-the-Art” award, which includes a $200 cash prize and a feature in an upcoming issue of Jasper.

About the Contemporaries
The Contemporaries mission is to provide an opportunity to support the Museum through: promoting the Museum and its programs, diversifying the Museum's membership, and leading the next generation of Museum supporters. A portion of the proceeds from the Artist of the Year Soirée goes toward the Contemporaries' Art Acquisition Fund, designed to acquire a significant piece of art for the Museum. For more information about Contemporaries' membership, visit or call 803.343.2197.

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