It would be accessible to a widely diverse audience — all ages, ethnicities, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. It would invite community involvement, while providing a continuing array of intellectual and educational outreach programs. These programs, while engaging and entertaining, would also teach about history, art and culture. This museum would be a sought-after destination for out-of-area visitors as well as a regular stop for residents. And it would provide all these things free of charge, year round.
This great museum exists! It’s right here, right now and it’s your Art Museum.
Each fall we send out an appeal for donations to help sustain all the wonderful things our Art Museum offers. This year, in celebration of our 20th anniversary, we presented exhibitions that recognized the history and culture of our community and of the Southern region. These included exhibits of quilts and fine art prints from the world-renowned quilters of Gee’s Bend, AL; the wildly entertaining and provocative exhibition Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South, including a sold-out lecture series that complemented the exhibit; and Grand Strand Collects, featuring more than 200 works reflecting the tastes, passions and pleasures of art collectors in our community. We also presented an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the South Carolina Arts Commission, featuring one of the Commission’s fellow artists, Joceyln Châteauvert.
And we did so much more. Our educational programs touched thousands of young lives through our Saturday KidsArt workshops (for 5 to 12 year olds); Mommy and Me (for 3 and 4 year olds); T.A.P. (teens); classes for home-school students and children with autism; early art education programs at 12 area nursery schools and daycare centers, and our collaboration in art/reading programs at two area libraries. Our annual High School Juried Art Exhibition, now in its 18th year, offers young artists opportunities for professional feedback on their work as well as a chance to have their work displayed in a museum setting. In the coming year, we’ll be adding a pottery studio to our facility which will offer opportunities for new and experienced ceramists both young and old.
Providing world-class exhibitions like these, as well as the many public programs that accompany them, costs money, which means we depend on the generosity of art lovers like you. Whether you’ve been a long-time supporter or are newly acquainted with our Museum, we need your donation. The Art Museum will continue to be a world-class facility — but only if you help. Please consider a generous donation to this wonderful community resource. And please do it today. Your gift can be by credit card online or by calling the Art Museum at 843.238.2510, check or stock transfer. Checks can be made out to the Art Museum and mailed to our address below.
Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
3100 S. Ocean Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Thank you for imagining a great museum — and making it real.
Chair, Board of Trustees Executive Director
Nancy Cave Patricia Goodwin
© 2016 Franklin G. Burroughs • Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
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.