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 arts-focused opportunities.

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 loyal Performance Series patrons.
Learn more about our shows
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Pryor Art Gallery
Pryor Art Gallery hosts and curates stimulating art exhibitions designed to engage diverse audiences of the college and its communities of Middle Tennessee and beyond. The college's permanent art collection is displayed across five campuses in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton.
Learn more about our exhibits
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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.
Learn more about our lectures
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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.
Learn more about Lyceum
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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.
Read Perceptions
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The Music Department performs several times during the year through the Choir and Performance Ensemble.
Learn more about Choir
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