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The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards

Columbia Museum of Art

2016 Organization Award


Columbia Museum of ArtThe Columbia Museum of Art is a centerpiece of cultural life in downtown Columbia and has played a key role in the revitalization of the city’s Main Street corridor.

 

From its beginnings in the historic Taylor House in 1950 to the move to Main Street in 1998, the museum has transformed from a historic house museum to a major regional art institution serving more than 135,000 patrons each year. These visitors come to experience world-class collections of American, European, Asian and contemporary art exhibited in 20,000 square feet of gallery space and anchor the museum’s contributions to downtown tourism and the city’s economy.

 

The museum has placed education at the core of its mission and programs, with initiatives focused on engaging youth audiences, developing free programs for K-12 educators, college students, families and children. Programs for adults and seniors include opportunities for artistic growth and skill development. The museum has also pioneered programs that place the museum at the center of the city’s social scene with events and activities that entertain while they educate, combining visual and performing arts. The museum's outreach efforts include multiple affiliate groups that focus on unique interests and offer their own range of programs.

 

The Columbia Museum of Art embraces the role of the modern museum as a catalyst for both progress and meaningful conversations with the community it serves.

 

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About the Verner Awards

 

For more information about the Verner Awards, please contact Victoria McCurry, 803-734-8315.