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 Brian Dolphin, senior manager of individual giving and Contemporaries liaison. 

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$5 for Students

$15 for Avant Garde and Solo

$25 for other membership levels

You'll have a chance to add the Contemporaries to your membership during checkout.

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Our Mission

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.

Saturday January 26, 2019

A Modern Masquerade

Don your most elegant attire and a creative mask for The Contemporaries Ball: A Modern Masquerade. See the unveiling of our latest gift to the CMA, a piece by New York City-based artist Danny Rozin. Dance along to The Reggie Sullivan Band in the Atrium and a DJ spinning in the new CMA Loft. Tickets include a full bar and heavy hors d'oeurves.

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Annual Events

  • 101 Series

    Held throughout the year, the Contemporaries 101 series explores culture both within the museum and in the greater community. Programming is centered around a variety of art mediums such as modern theater, music appreciation, photography, and ceramics, but has been expanded to include other fun components such as wine tasting and art collecting.

  • Oktoberfest

    Did you know there are 400,000 South Carolina residents that claim German heritage? Oktoberfest is held as a membership drive in September and celebrates the kick-off of fall in the Capital City. It is a great way to wind down after a hot summer with 300 of your closest friends and enjoy an evening of live music, bratwurst, and beer on Boyd Plaza. Held every September.

  • Annual Ball

    The Contemporaries present an annual ball that continues to be the hottest event at the coolest place in town. The themed evening gala fuses elements of classic Contemporaries' soirees with new and exciting additions each year. All proceeds from the event benefit the Contemporaries Art Acquisition Fund to continue the success in participating in acquisition of pieces such as those most recently acquired from Dale Chihuly, George Tooker, and Henry Mandell. Held every Winter.