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Columbia College Presents "A Natural Wonder," a K-12 Art Exhibition Celebrating Georgia

January 7, 2016 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Columbia College O'Keeffe juried art competition

The Goodall Gallery at Columbia College continues the Georgia O'Keeffe Centennial Celebration with A Natural Wonder, a statewide Georgia O'Keeffe K-12 juried art competition featuring artwork from students attending Rosewood Elementary in Columbia, The South Carolina School for the Blind in Spartanburg and Dreher High School in Columbia.

A Natural Wonder runs January 8 through February 7, 2016. On Sunday, January 17, 2016, the Goodall Gallery at Columbia College will host a reception recognizing the students and their teachers from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. All events are in the Goodall Gallery at Columbia College and are free and open to the public. 

“We are thrilled for our annual juried art competition to be part of the College’s Georgia O’Keeffe centennial this year,” said Jackie Adams, Goodall Gallery coordinator. “O’Keeffe was not only a talented artist, but she was a dedicated art educator. We look forward to honoring this part of her life exhibiting the students’ works in the gallery.”

Proposals were received from schools across the state and the winners were selected based on their creativity and willingness to explore the significant nature of O’Keeffe’s Columbia College story. Rebecca Penland, a former elementary art teacher in Richland School District Two and a 1986 graduate of Columbia College, sponsored the Penland Prize, which provided $1,000 to each winning school.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Centennial is a yearlong celebration of the artist’s transformative time as a professor of art at Columbia College in 1915. The Centennial is presented by the Michael J. Mungo Foundation in memory of Jennifer Mungo and is sponsored in part by the South Carolina Humanities Foundation. The Centennial is presented in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art and South Carolina Educational Television. For more information, visit


About Columbia College

Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a best value institution and ranked among the best regional universities in the south, Columbia College is a dynamic learning and living community; where students, faculty and staff work together to build leaders our communities need most. Founded 161 years ago by the United Methodist Church as a women’s, liberal arts college, Columbia College also offers evening, graduate and online programs serving both women and men. Columbia College is known for its emphasis on leadership and service and is home to a nationally renowned honors program led by the 2010-2011 United States Professor of the Year. Learn more at or connect with @columbiakoala.

About Goodall Gallery at Columbia College

The Goodall Gallery at Columbia College is located inside the Spears Center for the Arts at 1301 Columbia College Drive. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For further information, contact Jackie Adams at (803) 786-3899 or visit

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