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 Market and at roadside stands.
So, it’s no wonder our city is flush with art galleries.
If you’re on the hunt for great art, you’ll definitely want to check out the The Vista district where you’ll find a variety of galleries, like the if ART Gallery, known for their contemporary works by artists across the state. Stop by 701 Center for Contemporary Art to take in art from around the world, participate in an educational program, watch an artistic performance or attend a literary art showcase.
If you prefer to wear your art, stop by the shops in Five Points for unique jewelry from Portfolio Art Gallery or browse Carol Saunders Gallery in The Vista. Don’t miss The Collective on Carlisle Street featuring home decor, furniture, locally designed clothing and jewelry and original art by a collection of local artists.
And no trip to Columbia is complete without visiting the award-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 enjoy.