Past Exhibitions

April 10, 2018 - May 13, 2018

Indie Grits Labs' Two Cities: In Process

Explore this year’s Indie Grits Labs project Two Cities through place-based works of art. This year’s project focuses on the North Columbia area.

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April 2, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Carnival of the Animals

The Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint-Saëns, is a clever and well-known musical work where instruments of the orchestra emulate the sounds of animals.

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On view March 6 – April 1, 2018

Art of Healing

Art of Healing is a juried art competition sponsored by Lexington Medical Center in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art for Lexington County high school students.

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February 2, 2018 - April 29, 2018

Seen & Unseen

American photographer Imogen Cunningham was an extraordinary technician who produced deeply poetic work. In the 1930s she joined the West Coast Group f.64, which included Ansel Adams, Henry Swift, and Edward Weston.

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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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December 15, 2017 - April 22, 2018

Renée Cox

Pioneering photographer Renée Cox, stirrer of controversy and breaker of boundaries, debuts her new series of work Soul Culture at the CMA.

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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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