Our goal is to build a flourishing community and to help grow the CMA's collection while mingling with friends and enjoying the artwork at the museum.
Become part of our family and experience lively events, world-class art, and dynamic programming. We encourage both the young and young-at-heart to join the museum and become involved in the museum's cultural activities throughout the year.
Membership in the Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries is an outstanding way to network with other professionals interested in expanding their cultural awareness through social and educational events.
Join the Contemporaries today and start enjoying all we have to offer! For questions about membership, please contact Nicole Morgan, development officer and Contemporaries liaison.
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$15 for Avant Garde and Solo
$25 for other membership levels
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The Contemporaries mission is to provide an opportunity to support the CMA through promoting the museum and its programs, diversifying the museum's membership, and leading the next generation of museum supporters. Each year, the Contemporaries host a series of social and cultural events that bring members of the Columbia community together at the museum. A portion of the proceeds from the annual ball and other programming goes toward the Contemporaries' Art Acquisition Fund, designed to acquire a significant piece of art for the museum. For more information on the collection, visit the Art Acquisition page.
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Art Class: Framing 101
Mondays, December 4 and 18 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.Participants learn the basics of framing two-dimensional works and frame their own artwork or document. This two-day class covers basic mat cutting, assembly, and hanging for a proper frame job. No prior framing experience required — perfect for beginners! All supplies and equipment provided. Ages 15 and up. Taught by artist and conservator Laura Garner Hine. $200 / $160 for members. Join today
Two Rodney McMillian artworks have been acquired by the museum with support from the Contemporaries
Rodney McMillian’s conceptual art practice is engaged in an ongoing investigation of the United States, its history and public perceptions, as well as the private experiences and dreams of its inhabitants. He works across a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, and film. The CMA is the first museum in the Carolinas to acquire McMillian’s work.
“This is a momentous occasion for our organization, marking the first time in our history that we acquired not only one, but two incredible artworks from a single artist,” said Will Roberts, Contemporaries president. “McMillian’s art challenges norms and inspires creativity. Ultimately, these works help fortify the Contemporaries’ mission to grow involvement at the CMA while securing modern art at the museum.”
The Contemporaries in the News
Columbia-born artist Rodney McMillian receives Key to the City and S.C. State House by the Columbia Museum of Art
Art Daily, November 2023
Columbia-born national artist now represented in his home museum
Columbia Regional Business Report, August 2023
Daniel Rozin Acquisition
For the Contemporaries’ latest acquisition, we commissioned a work of art from New York artist Daniel Rozin. Rozin is an interactive artist who creates installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. In many cases, the viewer is invited to take an active role in the creation of the piece. Even though computers are often used in Rozin's work, they are seldom visible.
The finished Rozin piece was unveiled at the Museum in January 2019.
In 2014, funds raised by the Cotemporaries helped the CMA acquire a giant, wall-size mural Tatara Fire by New York-based artist Henry Mandell. Mandell employs novel techniques to create abstract paintings. He transforms the outlines of words and data gleaned from the Internet. The paintings are composed of thousands of letters that have been hand-traced, placed into fine art software, and then digitally painted by hand on a computer screen using a digital stylus brush. The artwork is then painted by a giant, ultraviolet inkjet printer using acrylic pigments.The words are intact, but the shapes have become a new visual language for the age in which we live.
In April 2010, using funds raised by the Cotemporaries, the CMA completed installation of the Dale Chihuly Chandelier in the museum’s David Wallace Robinson, Jr. Atrium. The design was chosen to enhance the asymmetrical design of the museum’s atrium space, and its “Carolina Sunset” color scheme incorporated Columbia’s “Famously Hot” shades of golds, oranges, and reds.