Friends of African American Art & Culture celebrates 10th anniversary

June 3 annual meeting includes reception and tours of African American pieces at the Columbia Museum of Art

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(Columbia, SC) – The Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC), an affinity group of the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA), invites the public to celebrate its 10th anniversary during the 2021 annual meeting on Thursday, June 3, at 5:30 p.m. Festivities include a reception on Boyd Plaza — where patrons can enjoy appetizers, a cash bar, and meeting and mingling with FAAAC board members — as well as curated tours of African American art on view at the CMA.

Attendees will learn about both the art and the artists as Dr. Nancy Tolson, FAAAC board member, CMA docent, storyteller, and assistant director of African American studies at the University of South Carolina, shares enthusiastic perspectives and historical context on each piece.

Tours will feature the CMA’s recently acquired pieces of African American art on view. They include Angela Davis and Martin Luther King (2017), two ceramic cups depicting the titular political activist and the late civil rights leader by self-proclaimed ghetto potter Roberto Lugo (b. 1981); a polished and welded steel sculpture, Tetramorphic Form (2018), by native South Carolinian Winston Wingo (b. 1952); a bronze sculpture, Reclining Nude (c. 1955), by Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012); and Symphony in Red (1988), a collage by Sam Middleton (1927–2015).

The FAAAC’s 10th anniversary reception will be held Thursday, June 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Boyd Plaza. Tours begin in the museum’s Reception Gallery at 6:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. and are limited to 10 participants each to ensure physical distancing. Advance registration for this program is required. $5 / free for FAAAC members.

FAAAC membership is available to museum members for $15-$25 depending on your membership category. For more information on the FAAAC, visit

About the FAAAC
Inclusive of all genders, ethnicities, and ages, the FAAAC was established as a member affinity group by the CMA board of directors in June 2011. Its mission is to educate, enrich, and inspire the community and visitors to the state while increasing engagement with members of the community interested in African American art and culture.

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