The Plan

Renovations are Underway, and the CMA is Open

The CMA is undergoing extensive renovations to provide more galleries, more studios, more spaces for programs, and a new entrance on Main Street. All of this is to give you more ways to enjoy seeing art, making art, attending events, and engaging in fun. 

At the CMA, we’re committed to the concept of the 21st-century museum. We believe in being inclusive and participatory. We believe that art is meant to be experienced, not just seen. We are making your museum into a place brimming with activity and new ideas. We can’t wait to see what we’re going to do together next.

The museum will remain open throughout the entire process with a full schedule of exhibitions and programs on the first floor. Have questions? Give us a call at 803-799-2810.


April 2016 - November 2017

During the planning phase for renovations, we removed all of the art from the collection galleries and moved it safely into storage, created additional art storage, repainted and repaired gallery cases, and conserved objects to prepare them to go on view in our new galleries. We also finalized renovation designs, created large and colorful banners that hang along Main Street, added an artful awning to the CMA Shop, and completely modernized this website.

Phase 1: Second Floor

March 2017 - August 2018

Second floor galleries closed during this phase.

You'll see 20 renovated galleries, a flexible event space complete with catering kitchen and restrooms, upgraded lighting, a renovated meeting space, and refreshed restrooms. 


Phase 2: First Floor

May - December 2018

You'll see a new Main Street entrance, a new studio, a new gallery, a revamped shop, upgraded program spaces, relocated staff offices, refreshed restrooms, a new event space, upgraded lighting, enhancements to public spaces to create comfortable places to linger, and more art on view.


What We’re Gaining

Upstairs Galleries 3846 square feet
Interactive Gallery 1210 square feet
Renovated Loft Space 6385 square feet
Studio Space 527 square feet
Offices for Staff 769 square feet
New Vault Storage Space 2208 square feet

Rendering of one of the new galleries

Rendering of the renovated loft space