Sponsoring exhibitions or events is a great way to support the arts in Columbia.

Individual Sponsorships

Make an incredible difference as an individual or private sponsor! Over 70% of funding for our major exhibitions at the CMA are underwritten by individual sponsors. For more information, contact Kristina Palmer at 803-343-2210.

Corporate Sponsorship

By becoming a sponsor, your company can tap into an audience of educated professionals and up-and-comers who appreciate quality of life and life-long learning. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available, all of which offer high visibility in the community. As always, we work with our corporate sponsors to customize the benefits based on your company's individual needs and requests.

From regional advertising to gallery and banner visibility, your company will be recognized in a multi-faceted marketing campaign that promotes the exhibition, museum, and community.  The museum's development and marketing staff can work with your company to create an engaging strategy that maximizes exposure for both your company and the museum.

For more information, contact Kristina Palmer at 803-343-2210.


"We have long been a supporter of the museum, sponsoring several exhibitions... When trying to recruit attorneys to our Columbia office, especially those from larger cities, the museum is a drawing card for us."

- Edward W. Mullins, Jr.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Major Exhibition Sponsorships

The Columbia Museum of Art presents several major exhibitions each year, curated by the CMA Curatorial staff and from some of the most prestigious museums in the world. Sponsoring a special exhibition at the CMA is an effective way to support the museum and align your philanthropic goals and interests with unique opportunities. The CMA enjoys an annual attendance of over 135,000 visitors and a membership base of over 2,000 households. Sponsorship benefits are fully customizable and designed to provide you visibility and access that maximizes the impact of your charitable investment. For more information, contact Kristina Palmer at 803-343-2210.

Education and Outreach Program Sponsorships

Education and community outreach programs for children are an important part of the museum's mission. The CMA provides many excellent opportunities for art education, and our school programs are recognized for their excellence in providing students of all ages with state and national standards-based cross-curricular learning experiences. The CMA believes in developing students’ creative skills, along with furthering their imagination and critical thinking, through partnerships with teachers and community leaders who are invested in their success. Support from individuals and a business alike is critical to successfully reaching South Carolina's children from all socioeconomic groups. The CMA reaches over 16,000 children annually who benefit from the museum's education and outreach programs. For more information, contact Caitlin Thomas at 803-343-2208.


Gala Sponsorships

The most talked about event of the year is not only a great party to attend, but also a fun way to sponsor the Columbia Museum of Art. The CMA’s annual black tie gala indulges the senses with lavish entertainment and decorations, delicious hors d’oeuvres and libations, fabulous dance music, and live performances. Proceeds support the museum’s mission to inspire, educate, and enrich lives through art.

Individual and corporate sponsorships are available at the $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, and $500 levels. Among the benefits of sponsorship are tickets to the event for you and guests, prominent recognition in Gala promotions (including invitations, marketing, website, newsletters, and press releases), and recognition during the night of the event.

For more information about sponsorship benefits, including event details, contact Kristina Palmer at 803-343-2210.

CMA Chamber Music on Main

Individual and corporate sponsorships help underwrite the concert expenses and bring a year full of wonderful chamber music. The Columbia Museum of Art is proud to host CMA Chamber Music on Main each year. We hope you will consider supporting this chamber music concert series with a sponsorship of $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, or $500.

$1,000 Friends of Wadsworth Sponsor

  • Two tickets per concert with reserved premier seating
  • Recognition in the playbill and Collections magazine
  • Exclusive opportunities to meet the musicians

$2,500 Silver Sponsor

  • Four tickets per concert with reserved premier seating
  • Recognition in the playbill and Collections magazine
  • Exclusive opportunities to meet the musicians

$5,000 Gold Sponsor

  • Six tickets per concert with reserved premier seating
  • Recognition in the playbill and Collections magazine
  • Exclusive opportunities to meet the musicians
  • Opportunity to view a concert rehearsal on performance day


Please contact Kristina Palmer at 803-343-2210 to discuss CMA Chamber Music on Main sponsorship opportunities or to advertise in the playbill.