Meet 69 local artists at free Columbia Open Studios Event, April 6-7, presented by 701 CCA

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Explore the studios of 69 local artists during Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA), Saturday, April 6 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 7 (noon – 6 p.m.). The free, self-guided driving tour features artists spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties. A ticketed preview party on Thursday, April 4, 7-9 p.m. happening in 701 Whaley’s Olympia room kicks off the ninth annual event weekend. 

Explore Studios Across the Midlands

During the weekend-long Columbia Open Studios tour, 69 local artists across the Midlands will open their private, working spaces to the public. The free event allows guests to explore artists’ studios for a unique glimpse of the behind-the-scenes process that goes into the creation of signature works of art.

Columbia Open Studios is a chance for locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the Midlands’ visual arts scene. A variety of traditional and non-traditional media are showcased, from paintings and ceramics to wooden sculptures, indigo-dyed fabrics, hand-blown glass work and more. Guests can also chat with artists to learn about the materials, techniques and inspirations behind their work.  

In addition to browsing studios and conversing with artists, the public can buy artwork for their homes over Open Studios weekend. Artwork is available for purchase, and each artist keeps 100 percent of his or her sales made during Columbia Open Studios.

Discover the work and workspaces of artists in your own neighborhood, or venture to studios across the greater Columbia area. Studio-hop to workspaces near and far, and visit local hotspots, restaurants and more along the way. Attendees can plan their free #ColaOpenStudios tour online at or with a printed guidebook, which will be available at 701 CCA, around town and in the April 3 edition of Free Times.

Party with Columbia Open Studios Artists

The official Columbia Open Studios Preview Party, hosted by 701 CCA, is on Thursday April 4, 7-9 p.m., in the historic 701 Whaley building. Meet and mingle with this year’s Open Studios artists over complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

During the Preview Party guests can preview participating artists’ work at the Columbia Open Studios Hallway Exhibition. They can also explore 701 CCA’s gallery throughout the evening and view their South Arts 2019 Southern Prize and State Fellows exhibition.

Tickets are $10 for 701 CCA members and $15 for non-members. Buy a ticket in advance, online at:, or at the door.

Discover artists in your neighborhood

The 69 Open Studios artists represent numerous communities throughout the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties. Plan your route via the map on our website at

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