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McMaster Gallery in downtown Columbia, SC

We had the pleasure of visiting the McMaster Gallery in downtown Columbia, SC.

This quaint art gallery is inside the USC School of Visual Art and Design. The gallery is free and open to the public and the hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (closed weekends and all university holidays). I took the tour while my son was completing a college interview upstairs. The gallery is located on the lower level of the building. As soon as you get to the lower level and enter the gallery you’re greeted by this earrily realistic statue. It’s back is facing you as you enter the gallery and it appears so lifelike I thought it would pop up and scare me at any moment.

McMaster Gallery | USC School of Visual Art and Design

The School of Visual Art and Design has two galleries inside of the building, and there is artwork is also displayed in their outdoor space. It takes about ten minutes to walk the entire gallery if you walking fast, but if you plan to take in the art, take your time.

Aside from the life like statue that greeted me at the entrance, my favorite pieces were these stone vases. The colors were so vibrant and definitely would make a conversation piece in any home. Each vase was about a foot and half high, so very substantial. I could see these being used as outdoor planters. They were made of concrete and metal so they are very sturdy, but the colors are what caught my eye. I could definitely see myself adding color to my landscape in this way.

Here are a few more of my favorite pieces from the gallery.

These pieces were on display along the walk to hanging  art gallery area which was a room dedicated only to paintings and drawings. The gallery itself was so simplistic in design and beautiful. The simple off white walls, black ceiling and wood floor did nothing, but draw my eye to all of the art on the walls.

If you are ever in the Columbia area and are looking for a place to enjoy some free art, this is the spot. It’s located in the heart of the city on the University of South Carolina campus.

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