Arts & Entertainment

At Columbia State, we celebrate the important role of the arts in a well-rounded education. In addition to the books read, tests taken and study groups formed that mark our students’ academic growth, we also provide a wide range of cultural and intellectual opportunities.

Cherry Theater with Performance Series

The Performance Series

The Performance Series brings diverse and engaging lineups of musical and theatrical entertainment. The Series is made possible through a generous and long-standing commitment with its naming sponsor, First Farmers and Merchants Bank, and long standing loyal Performance Series patrons.
view of Pryor Art Gallery with recent exhibit

Pryor Art Gallery

Pryor Art Gallery hosts and curates stimulating art exhibits and programs designed to engage the diverse audiences of the college and its communities of Middle Tennessee. The gallery celebrates visual artists and their artworks, in a wide range of media and applications, that are known locally and many of national and international acclaim. Admission to the gallery is free.
Candace Warner and Barry Gidcomb

The Lecture Series

Columbia State offers a variety of Lecture Series to engage students and broaden their knowledge base. Subject areas include History, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences to name a few.
An oriental dancer

The Lyceum

The faculty-driven Lyceum events are designed to bring wide ranging and provocative lectures and performances to the student body and area communities. Topics tend to reflect the events of the day and commemorate events in popular culture. Lyceum events are free and open to the public.
two hands with paint dripping


Perceptions is Columbia State’s Journal of the Arts. The journal is published every spring and features poetry, prose and photography from our students, faculty and staff. Creative minds can contact for submission guidelines.
men's group singing

Music Department

The Music Department performs several times during the year through the Choir and Performance Ensemble.

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