Presented by The Blanchard Family

Van Gogh and His Inspirations is an original exhibition organized by the CMA that brings the work of one of the most beloved artists in the world to Columbia, South Carolina, alongside a variety of handpicked paintings and drawings that shaped his vision. From 2001 to 2010, as Steven Naifeh and Greg Smith researched their New York Times bestseller Van Gogh: The Life, they built a collection of over 30 works by artists who influenced Van Gogh’s aesthetic thinking. These works join loans from 12 museums across the U.S. to explore the artistic evolution of Van Gogh through the lens of the artists who inspired him.

This exhibition also brings 12 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, including an outstanding painting of flower fields from the National Gallery of Art, a sensitive painting of a peasant weaving from The Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the world-famous self-portrait from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Side-by-side with their inspirations, these works offer visitors a window into the mind of Van Gogh. 


This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Advance Ticket Information

Your ticket includes admission to all CMA galleries

Admission to Van Gogh and His Inspirations also includes admission to all other CMA galleries. We encourage you to explore the Cross Hatch, an interactive space for all ages, right next to the exhibition, as well as other exhibitions and the CMA collection.

All tickets will be held at will-call

Tickets will not be sent via email or mail; your name will be added to the day’s will-call list. You will receive an email receipt for your tickets for your records.

Choosing your date online

When you click the link to buy tickets, you will automatically be taken to October 4. If you’d like to choose another day to visit, click on “Other dates…” just below the date shown. A calendar will appear to help you choose a new date.

Return and exchange policy

Advance tickets can be returned or exchanged any time on or before the date for which they have been purchased.

Some dates are not available for advance tickets

The CMA galleries are closed on Mondays and major holidays, so you will not have the option to purchase tickets for those times. You may also notice that the first Thursday of each month is unavailable. The CMA galleries are open and free for First Thursdays on Main from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Advance tickets are not available for these days. The galleries will be open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advance tickets are not time-restricted

You can use your ticket at any time during our open hours (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on the day you’ve selected.

Galleries are likely to be more crowded in the mornings

Education is central to our mission at the CMA, so we’re excited to have plenty of school field trips planned for this exhibition! These field trips are generally scheduled early in the day due to the school day hours, so keep that in mind as you plan your visit.

Plan your visit to downtown Columbia

Looking for hotels or restaurants to complement your CMA visit? There are so many to choose from! See some options here. Our Visitor Services team will also be happy to help you choose a great destination for a meal or cocktails after your visit.

Looking for the best place to park? The PJ Cannon Garage is located only a block and a half away at 1227 Taylor Street. Find more information here.

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