Art Galleries

Artistic energy is a vital part of Columbia’s culture. Visitors and locals alike are treated to beautiful and diverse murals throughout the city, whimsical art in the Main Street district, and local artist stalls at the Soda City Farmers Market and at roadside stands.

So, it’s no wonder our city is full of art galleries.

If you’re on the hunt for great art, you’ll definitely want to check out the Vista Arts District where you’ll find a variety of galleries, like if ART Gallery, known for their contemporary art by artists across the state. If contemporary art is your thing, be sure to check out the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, one of our cities newest art destinations. You’ll be able to see art from around the world, participate in an educational program, or see a performing art or literary art showcase. Once you’re done, don’t forget to head across the river to West Columbia and check out Gallery West, known for their fine art and antiques.

If you prefer to wear your art, stop by the shops in Five Points for unique jewelry from Portfolio Art Gallery or any of the Devine Street boutiques. 

And no trip to Columbia is complete without visiting the National Medial Winning Columbia Museum of Art. If you’re looking for a more interactive experience, be sure to plan your trip around one of the museum’s quarterly Arts and Draughts events. You’ll enjoy the chance to create your own art, listen to live music, and enjoy local food trucks and beer.

So, get out there and explore! Because there’s no better way to remember your time in Columbia than an original work to hang on your wall.