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A Quarter Past: Highlights from Our Permanent Collection

October 27, 2022 – February 25, 2023

A quarter of a century has passed since first opening our doors in June of 1997, and oh, the heights to which we have soared! Our first 25 years are surely something to look back on with joy, pride and gratitude – gratitude for our supportive patrons and visitors; for our beautiful, historic and homey building with our oceanside setting; for the amazing artists with whom we’ve been able to work and exhibit, and for the five extraordinary art collections we’ve amassed.

The Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Collection, was the Museum’s first gift of art, consisting of 46 works of art in various media by 29 artists of regional renown. Donated in 1999 by Mrs. George Bishop in memory of her late husband, George Bishop, a local entrepreneur, the Bishop Collection of Antique Maps and Historical Prints consists of 30 works dated from 1606 to 1863. In 2009, the Art Museum was yet again presented with a gift of epic proportions, when a Charleston-SC couple, Barbara Burgess and John Dinkelspiel, donated a large portion of their private collection of Southern art. The Burgess–Dinkelspiel Collection includes 54 works of art in a variety of media, 19 of which are by renowned Gullah artist Jonathan Green. In 2014, the Art Museum was gifted an extraordinary collection of four oil paintings completed by artists associated with the Barbizon School of painting by longtime Museum friend and supporter Harold Hartshorne, Jr. The Museum’s Gifts and Purchases Collection consists almost entirely of works of art gifted by exhibiting artists, as well as by art patrons wishing to help build our beloved collection of Southeastern contemporary art. 

A Quarter Past highlights works from our Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Collection,  Burgess-Dinkelspiel Collection of Southern Art and Gifts and Purchases Collection. We hope you’ll enjoy looking back at – or perhaps viewing for the first time – a fine sampling of what our seaside Museum collection has to offer. 


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.