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Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main and Hampton Streets
Columbia, South Carolina
Phone: 803-799 2810 --
Statement of Purpose:
- Collect &
preserve: American and European fine, design and
decorative art of all periods and, art of other cultures (as resources
- Exhibit the permanent
collection and maintain a vigorous
schedule of temporary exhibitions which will complement the permanent
collections regardless of geographic boundary or time.
- Conduct research into
the permanent collection for greater
understanding in order to impart that knowledge to the community.
- Maintain a vigorous and
well-rounded art education program for
the citizens of the Midlands and South Carolina based on the permanent
collection and temporary exhibitions.
Highlights & Collections:
Our permanent collection features a broad spectrum
of European and
fine and decorative art from the 14th century through the 20th century.
galleries house one of the Southeast's most important collections of
Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture and decorative art by the
Masters. Some of the finest exhibitions from around the world can be
throughout the year.
H. Kress Collection: CMA is the home of one of the most
collections of Baroque and Renaissance paintings, sculpture and
in the Southeast.
Attracting over 125.000
visitors annually, the Columbia Museum of Art contains an impressive
of over 7,000 examples of European and American fine and decorative art
representing a time period of nearly seven centuries.
obtained from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and other
the Museum holds one of the most significant public collections of
and Baroque art in the Southeast which includes works by such artists
Botticelli, Boucher, Canaletto, Tintoretto, and many others.
galleries include nineteenth century paintings by such
as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, and Washington Allston, as well as
Monet's L'lle Aux Orties, Giverny and Evelyn De Morgan's dramatic
image of Eos. Late nineteenth and early twentieth century decorative
and sculpture are represented through the work of Antoine-Louis Barye,
Harriet Frishmuth, and a gallery highlighting the CMA's collection of
and other art glass.
- Samuel H. Kress
- Maurice B. Bradley
Tiffany Glass Collection,
- SC Collection: More than
400 works of art.
The Columbia Museum of Art is South
international art museum and houses a world-class collection of
European and American art. Founded in 1950, the Museum opened its new
building on Main Street in 1998 with 25 galleries. The collection
includes masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo
from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, porcelain and works by significant
furniture and silver makers, as well as American, Asian, and modern and
contemporary art. In recent years the Museum's collection of Asian art
and Antiquities has grown through generous gifts to the collection. Of
particular interest are Sandro Botticelli's Nativity , Claude Monet's
The Seine at Giverny , Canaletto's View of the Molo , and art glass by
Tiffany. The Museum offers changing exhibitions from renowned museums
as well as educational programs for all ages that include art classes,
art camps, lectures, films and concerts. It is the recipient of a
National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts
education and an Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts
for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. Generous
support to the Museum is provided by the City of Columbia, Richland
County, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Cultural Council of
Richland and Lexington Counties.
Our galleries feature a broad spectrum of European
and American fine
decorative art from the 14th century through the 20th century. The
house one of the Southeast's most important collections of Italian
and Baroque paintings, sculpture and decorative art by the Old Masters.
sculpture, stained glass, art glass, metal work, furniture and textiles
all represented in the galleries.
- Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
First Friday of every
month: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (until 5:00 p.m. in December)
Sundays: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and
during Museum Hours and Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission & Directions:
Senior citizens (ages 65 and
Every Sunday is free courtesy
of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Free for museum members and
children ages 5 and under.
Circle of Fra Bartolommeo
Madonna and Child
with St. John the Baptist and St. Francis, c. 1510,
Mariotto Albertinelli, 1474-1515) Florentine School.
Portrait of a Young
Woman with Fan.
Karen Brosius, Executive Director
- Todd Herman,
- Ali Borchardt,
Director of Education
- Ellen Woodoff -
Director of Marketing
- Ali Borchard,
Director of Development
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