Robert Pickett

41 | Robert Pickett | untitled | watercolor | 16.25×18.25

Bob (1924 – 2010) served in World War II in the U.S. Navy onboard PT 167. After the war, he married his first wife, attended and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University as an electrical engineer, and began his career in the telecommunications industry for North Electric and later ITT.
During his career, Bob became a renowned inventor, speaker and author. He patented the electronic ringer for telephones (replacing the old bells inside telephones) along with almost 60 other patents; solved the primary technical hurdle that was preventing the introduction of cell phone technology in the U.S.; spoke at conferences worldwide; and wrote more than 70 articles for telecommunications magazines. Bob served on numerous government committees on technology in Washington, D.C., and represented the United States internationally (reporting to Al Gore) at the International Standards Organization forum that created the Internet.
Outside his career, Bob became an artist and painted over one hundred paintings in oil. More recently, he pioneered using a computer to create hand “painted” artwork and created close to 200 such “paintings.” This interest in art led him to become involved in various organizations dedicated to the arts. After retiring to Myrtle Beach, Bob became one of the early supporters of the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and served as the Museum’s construction coordinator. He was also an active member of the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, one of the board members of the Horry County Arts Council, and served on the original Myrtle Beach Cultural Arts Advisory Committee. Most recently Bob’s attention was focused on breathing life into the dream of a Myrtle Beach Performing Arts Center and once served as chairperson of that committee.
Bob’s fingerprint was left on Myrtle Beach in the form of the Art Museum, the many painted carrousel horses located around town – not to mention the many lives he touched.


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.