Past Exhibitions

On view January 15, 2018 – February 25, 2018


bridge/refrain is a short film exploring a young woman’s arrival to the land of the ancestors after falling victim to gun violence.

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October 6, 2017 - November 26, 2017

Face Value

Alphonse van Woerkom is an artist fascinated with other artists. As a life-long draftsman, his natural response is to draw portraits of them.

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October 3, 2017 - January 7, 2018

From the Collection

This exhibition features the stories of African Americans living and working in South Carolina during the 1920s and ’30s as told through the eyes of one of the state’s most revered photographers, Richard Samuel Roberts.

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September 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Henri Matisse

Daringly modern artist Henri Matisse experimented with many mediums and devoted a major part of his career to reimagining books as art objects in their own right.

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September 1, 2017 - November 1, 2017

SC: In Its Natural State

This CMA-curated S.C. student photography exhibition highlights the natural beauty of the Palmetto State. From the Blue Ridge to the Coast, photographs feature landscapes, flora, and fauna of the state.

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June 23, 2017 - September 17, 2017

That '70s Show

This exhibition gives us a chance to explore rarely seen works from a decade-sized slice of the CMA’s collection of contemporary art.

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June 2, 2017 - August 27, 2017


Wrenches, hammers, and lawnmowers take on a life of their own in this exhibition.

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June 1, 2017 - August 27, 2017

Light Beings

Sana Arjumand is a contemporary visual artist from Pakistan who has shown extensively across the globe and in her home country. Born in Karachi in 1982, she currently works and resides in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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March 30, 2017 - May 22, 2017

Keepin’ It Surreal

What is Surrealism anyway? Salvador Dalí was a pioneer of surrealism—juxtaposing absurd objects in dreamlike settings.

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March 23, 2017 - May 15, 2017

Cabaret: Unsung Heroes

Cabaret is a series of Santiago Echeverry’s three-dimensional portraits and videos of the LGBTQ community and its allies in Wilton Manors / Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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March 11, 2017 - May 21, 2017

Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales

This beautiful exhibition features 36 colorful prints from The Dalí Museum that will delight visitors of all ages.

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March 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017

Enduring Spirit

Columbia African-American artist Tyrone Geter debuts an all-new series of large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings in this one-person show of approximately two dozen works.

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March 3, 2017 - March 21, 2017

The Carnival of the Animals

There's the majestic lion, the braying mules, the dancing elephant and the bouncy kangaroos. Everyone is invited to this special exhibit featuring the South Carolina Philharmonic and artwork from students throughout the Midlands.

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December 16, 2016 - March 12, 2017

Psychedelic Design

From the collection of esteemed design historian and Columbia native Mel Byars, this exhibition offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the rock poster renaissance of the late 1960s San Francisco Bay area.

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November 18, 2016 - February 19, 2017


This exciting exhibition includes 43 period costumes from 26 films, depicting five centuries of history, drama, and comedy.

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November 18, 2016 - February 19, 2017

From Page to Person

As part of the Richland One Costume Design Program, students work with Richland One Arts Coordinator Nancy Pope and theater teachers to interpret characters from literature.

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November 16, 2016 - February 5, 2017

Fame and Fashion

In the spirit of Old Hollywood, the Columbia Museum of Art presents an exhibition featuring the movie star portraiture of photographer John Engstead in all its vintage glitz and glamour.

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October 7, 2016 - February 5, 2017


Human beings draw maps to document their understanding of what is known. In truth, maps are continuously morphing layouts of geographic landscapes, people, and ideas.

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September 15, 2016 - November 1, 2016

Selections from the Bequest of George and Chee Chee Walker

The Columbia Museum of Art has been honored in 2016 to receive 10 extraordinary works of art from the estate of George and Chee Chee Walker, both long-time patrons of the museum.

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Through December 4

Toulouse-Lautrec Works on Paper

Born an aristocrat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec created art that was inseparable from his rakish lifestyle.

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