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Global Tour of Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO Sculptures in Myrtle Beach until September

By GINA GAMBONY • JUL 21, 2016 • WHQR, Wilmington, NC Listen…3:47 | LISTEN to Nathan Sawaya talk about his transition from law to art in 2004 and his current focus in human figures. More audio below. The artwork of award-winning contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya may surprise you-and your children. Sawaya creates sculptures out of LEGOS, the same Legos parents have in couch cushions […]


LEGO exhibits pop up throughout Grand Strand

By: Peggy Mishoe, The Sun News July, 7, 2016 The Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and Brookgreen Gardens are featuring awesome art exhibits created with LEGO blocks. At the Art Museum, The Art of the Brick® features large-scale LEGO® brick sculptures by Nathan Sawaya. In addition to the one-of-a-kind exhibition, there are interactive areas including Brick […]

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Shake It Up

Grand Strand Magazine August – September 2016 Written By: Sara Sobota Photographs By: Carl Kerridge and Janet Roe Watch out, tourist attractions and outlet malls; Billy Miller has arrived, and he aims to bring a shot of adrenaline to the Myrtle Beach arts scene. With a personal mantra of PACE, or “Positive Attitudes Change Everything,” Miller creates much more than […]

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Last Look

Last Look: Palace by Celia Pearson 2010, Archival Inkjet Print on Cotton Rag Paper, 15.5″ x 35.5″ Profoundly touched by Vietnamese, Thai and Cambodian cultures she glimpsed during two trips to Southeast Asia, nationally recognized photographer Celia Pearson felt challenged to make a body of work that would express the intensity and vitality of these rich and layered cultures and […]


LEGO bricks: once a toy, now an art form

By August R. Dittbenner Myrtle Beach Herald AUGUST.DITTBENNER@MYHORRYNEWS.COM LEGO bricks were one of the original toys inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998, along with Crayola crayons, marbles, the Frisbee, and Barbie. Since 1958, they have all been made to interconnect, so a vintage 1958 LEGO brick will connect perfectly with a brand new kit off the […]


Last Look

Last Look: Yellow by Nathan Sawaya The Art of the Brick, a global-touring, one-of-a-kind Lego art exhibition featuring the large-scale sculptures created out of iconic Lego bricks by contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya, is being presented for the first time in South Carolina and will be featured in all 11 galleries of the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. The […]


Why Is Our Newsletter The Villa Voice?

A look back… Those new to the area or to our Art Museum family may wonder why our newsletter is called The Villa Voice. It’s named after the building in which our Museum is housed—and that dates back to before there was an Art Museum. The structure was built in 1924 as a family beach home. Its last residents were […]


Grand Strand lands doubly lucky Lego summer

BY STEVE PALISIN Anyone longing to take in Lego art exhibits on the Grand Strand can enjoy double dipping all summer. Newly opened and going through Sept. 10, “The Art of the Brick,” with large-scale Lego sculptures by Nathan Sawaya of Los Angeles and New York, spans all 11 galleries inside the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, […]


The Villa Voice: June 2016

Museum Musings A Message from our Chairwoman. What is art? The dictionary defines it as a human creative skill, works created for beauty and emotional power. Beginning June 11th the Art Museum will present The Art of the Brick®, one artist’s interpretation of how LEGO® bricks can be used to create beauty and emotional power. Do you remember playing with […]


Art museum director recognized for community commitment

By the MyrtleBeachOnline Editorial Board When Pat Goodwin, director of the Myrtle Beach Art Museum, was helping plan the formal presentation of a painting to the museum, little did she know about the prestigious Medallion of Integrity presented to Goodwin on Sunday. The plot was carried out exactly as planned. Chuck and Sandie Merriam of North Myrtle Beach presented a […]


Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.