Amber Coulter, a drama teacher at Brennan Elementary School, spends her days directing the next generation of actors while also participating in local shows.
In a unique event for one of the city's major art hubs, the Columbia Museum of Art will host a dinner and dialogue event centered around its most recent exhibit, Reverent Ornament.
Each year, the SC Arts Commission recognizes those with exceptional merit and achievement in the arts world with the Governor's Award for the Arts — Lexington native Ray McManus is one of those winners.
The musical, which is put on through a partnership with Columbia College and Workshop Theatre, runs March 17 through April 1.
So you've never been to St. Pat's in Five Points? That's okay, we created this guide with you in mind.
The Columbia Children's Theatre will perform She Kills Monsters, which the artistic director called "our most risky, forward-thinking title thematically that we've embraced."
A Chapin performing arts group has found a permanent home after over a decade of searching. On March 16, the group will open the doors to their new facility with a production of Death by Design.
The South Arts Prize and State Fellows exhibit, which runs at 701 CCA, features nine artists from nine states across the southeast. The free gallery opens March 9.
Irish Fest Camden, in its seventh year, will kick off March 2 for a weekend of festivities.
The Mad Ones, which follows 18-year-old Samantha Brown as she relives her senior year, will run at Trustus from Feb. 24 until March 18.
The report, from the SC Arts Commission, found that nearly 125,000 jobs are supported by arts organizations across the state.
The exhibition, titled simply "Chesley, Jeffcoat and Saunders," will run through Feb. 26 at the arts center in the upstairs gallery.
While the local theater season might be halfway done, there's no shortage of upcoming plays and musicals in town. Town has The All Night Strut!, Lexington's Village Square Theatre has Matilda and Workshop's got A Chorus Line.
The Columbia painter and illustrator died Dec. 28 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. The 78-year-old painter left behind a lifetime of captivating images that spanned the seas and savannahs of Earth.
Cola Love, the group behind well-received restaurant pop-up, The Dal House, will host The Community Table event Jan. 19 and 20.
For the fifth year in a row, the eclectic and artsy neighborhood just north of Elmwood Street will host the Cottontown Art Crawl in early March.
After over a decade at its current location, the Columbia Children's Theatre is picking up stakes moving across the river.
The Columbia Museum of Art is taking a turn towards the haute couture for the headlining exhibition in its 2023 calendar.
"2022 in Columbia theater might be subtitled 'The Return,'" writes August Krickel in his recap of the year in theater.
Twins Bayly and Blake Hunter of Irmo have been making movies together since they were in elementary school.
Artist Jordan Sheridan won the 701 CCA Prize for her work, which covers topics around being a mother and artist.
Michaela Pilar Brown has begun holding exhibitions and events at the gallery since late Oct.
A recently opened Richland Library art exhibition tackles the theme of peace, but is almost solely focused on that through the lens of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Read more:
Free Times contributor August Krickel previewed some of the top live stage performances coming to Columbia.
A slate of new theater is coming to Columbia this week. Free Times theater writer August Krickel previewed three — one of which includes an anthropomorphic chicken.
This week in Columbia, both Workshop Theatre and and Chapin Theatre Company debuted new productions of sorts – "Death of a Salesman" and the whimsically named 10-ish Minute Play Festival.
Caitlin Bright, former director of Tapp’s Art Center, has been picked as The 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s next leader.
The South Carolina State Fair returns Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 23.
Half a year into his job, the new curator of the Columbia Museum of Art, Michael Neumeister is looking to the museum’s future — literally. The New York native has been plotting out the Main Street institution’s next three years of exhibitions in its galleries and had recently completed the 2…
Rocky Horror has been a reliable go-to choice for Trustus since the early 1990’s. The theater will bring it back this season.
701 Center for Contemporary Art centers the Black gaze in new exhibition 'Oppositional Free Gazing,'
Michaela Pilar Brown, the executive director at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, wanted to celebrate Black art that sidesteps the dominant power dynamics in American visual culture in the organization's newest exhibition.
Two separate productions of comedies from the Bard of Avon are debuting in non-traditional locations, performed outdoors — as the author originally intended.
Columbia theater's production of Grammy-winning musical explores LGBTQ themes.
One of South Carolina’s – and Columbia’s – most esteemed artists is getting a solo exhibition at the Koger Center for the Arts more than four years after her death.
A new graphic novel comes with what seems like an unlikely pairing — a Columbia novelist and poet partnering with an icon of the Golden Age of comic books.
Artist Ron Hagell has formed Gemini Arts and hopes to open an artist studio-exhibition space in the Rosewood neighborhood.
Mill District Public Art Trail explores history of the Olympia, Whaley and Granby areas, set to debut Sept. 10.
Carver Theatre will operate as a cinema showing first-run films in Waverly area after sitting dormant for 60 years near campus of historically Black university.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Monica Wyche received a call in her middle school classroom that her New Orleans family was safe. Around the same time, a woman named Sandra LeBlanc was organizing a rescue team for her mother-in-law at Memorial Hospital, just down the street.
A stage reading and debut for Columbia playwright Colby Quick's first play "Moon Swallower" is on August 28 at the Columbia Music Festival Association.
Ensemble Eclectica is a 15-piece ensemble created in 2015 with the goal of bridging multiple artforms. Their upcoming August 27 production, “What A Wonderful World,” does just that.
Columbia-area native Ashleigh Coleman moved to Mississippi and turned to photography to help reckon with the transitions she faced. In her latest series, she turned inward.
Trustus Theatre's annual summer Playwrights' Festival is doubling down this year, presenting the premiere of not one but two new Columbia plays, both based on true, sensational events.
Ideas that fit that broader theme of tension and loss are broached in artists Adrian Rhodes’ ongoing exhibition “How to Untie a Tight Knot” at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art.
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” runs from July 15-31 at Town Theatre
The Columbia Museum of Art opened a work by an entrancing artist, the Toronto-based Amanda McCavour, to provide a transformative and atmospheric visual experience.
The romantic musical comedy "First Date" opens on June 17 at Trustus Theatre and runs through July 16.
Pride President Jeff March announced at the annual Outfest event over the weekend he would step down at the end of the year. His tenure brought a large shift to the organization’s visibility in Columbia.
Summer in Columbia is traditionally a time when local theaters turn to family-friendly programming, with throngs of youngsters in the audience as well as on stage.
24-year-old business owner and fashion designer Ashanti Thomas hopes to create a fashion community around his business and brand SWIFF.
"Bermuda" tells the story of Mildred, a poet who’s determined to do things her own way. She’s taking a vacation to Bermuda and that’s just what she’s going to do.
Wim Roefs, the owner of Columbia’s If ART Gallery and founding member of the 701 Center for Contemporary Art died on May 12.
"Terra Incognita" at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art opened on May 5 and runs through June 12.
When Charles Duke was a young boy, he would draw pictures of airplanes and helicopters on his math homework, daydreaming of taking to the skies and exploring the unknown.