Past Exhibitions

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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September 1 – September 26

SC Faces & Places

This exhibition celebrating the beauty of South Carolina features the winning work from a student photography competition hosted by the CMA.

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August 19, 2016 - October 23, 2016

Eyes on the Edge

American photographer and South Carolina native J Henry Fair captures images of the Carolina coast in this new collection of work that debuts at the Columbia Museum of Art.

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June 24, 2016 - September 25, 2016


Spoken: Portraits in Black is part of an exhibition program dedicated to showcasing works of art by African-American artists, primarily from the CMA’s collection, which changes approximately every three months. 

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May 27, 2016 - August 7, 2016

Daufuskie Memories

Through a series of over 60 photographs taken from 1977–1982, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe vividly and poignantly captured African-American life on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.

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May 27, 2016 - October 23, 2016

Big & Bold

There are an infinite number of ways to see anything. We can see an object up close and from every angle, or partially obscured and from afar. We can see in near darkness, or in sunny outdoor light.

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May 17, 2016 - August 15, 2016

I, Camera Obscura

Each year, USC hosts a Photography Portfolio Review at the CMA. Established professionals from all over the country serve as reviewers of the students' work and provide feedback, professional opportunities, and advice.

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May 3, 2016 - August 21, 2016


These photographs comprise work made in the Mississippi Delta over a period of fifteen years. In the fall of 2001, Kathleen Robbins relocated from New Mexico to the Delta to live on her family’s farm, Belle Chase.

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March 15, 2016 - April 18, 2016

Not Our Souls

In the decades leading up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, African Americans in Columbia and around South Carolina waged an intense campaign for self determination and equality.

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