The Art Museum is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. In our 10 galleries art exhibits change throughout the year. At any given time you might enjoy watercolors, oils, textiles, sculpture, ceramics or photography. We also periodically feature selected exhibits from the Museum's permanent collections.
  Deane Ackerman, Foliage on Red, 2009, 35-1/2" x 31-1/2", colored pencil
Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Virginiae Item, Et Floridae


Virginiae Partis Australis, Et Floridae Partis


Laurie Blum, Bulbul - Nightingale and Roses, gouache on paper, 18" x 24


Arquimides Lores Echeverria (Nelo), Infinite Regressions, 1970, oil on canvas


Charles Williams, In Seconds #2, 2014, oil on canvas, 6' x 6'


Kathleen Elliot, Nest Trio, 2014, glass and found objects, 3.5" x 3" x 3"








The Mapmakers' Art: The Bishop Collection of Antique Maps: 1606 - 1863

March 11 - April 12, 2015

The Mapmakers’ Art includes 15 maps illustrating what has been termed the golden age of cartography plus a selection of complementary historical prints. During that era of rapid discovery -- and hence, extensive production of new maps -- cities as far-flung as Paris, Amsterdam, Florence, Venice and London competed as mapmaking centers of the world.


Among the historical prints accompanying the maps are four Civil War scenes from Harper’s Weekly and a collection of steel engravings from The Portrait Gallery of Eminent Americans, published in 1863, which include our country’s founding fathers.


Laurie Blum: My Inner Garden

January 18 - April 23, 2015

During her youth, Blum envisioned beautiful magical birds and avidly frequented and lost herself in the woods and flower gardens of her childhood dwellings. She has an understanding of flowers, animals and natural beauty and experienced a communion with them. She was able to communicate her feelings through her paintings, and these feelings could be grasped in an instant without spoken words. The symbols expressed, in a silent language, the beauty of the hidden world through the sense of Feeling.


Voices of the Island: The Cuban Art Collection of Reynier Llanes

January 15 - April 23, 2015

Reynier Llanes is an artist, curator and passionate art collector, who has assembled a collection of paintings by mid-career contemporary, professional artists, including himself, from Pinar del Rio, a unique multicultural region of Cuba. The works in the exhibition consist of drawings and paintings in a multitude of styles, such as abstraction, magic realism, where surreal subject matter is painted in a photorealistic manner, and representational landscapes and still lifes. The 18 Cuban artists in the exhibition include Juan Suarez Blanco, Carlos Ulises Bretana Hevia, Reynier Llanes and Pedro Pablo Oliva.


Swim: An Artist's Journey by Charles Williams

January 15 - April 23, 2015

Hearing stereotypical statements, such as " black people don't swim," along with having firsthand experience of nearly drowning, led artist Charles Williams' fear of water. Despite his fear, Williams finds there is a strong and opposite emotional attraction to the ocean and other bodies of water. He is drawn to the seemingly endless array of waves formations and their haunting sensual nature. It is this push and pull attraction to and fear of water that has inspired this exhibit.


Williams is a professional contemporary realist painter from Georgetown and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art. Williams' dramatic workis are arranged cinematically in order to demonstrate the artists's near-drowning experience in a series of stills. The paintings are large in scale and represent monumental views of the ocean, both from the perspectives of being underwater as well as on the shore gazing at incoming waves. They are intended to evoke a sense of the sublime nature of the ocean, which is particularly effective when viewers are in close proximity.


Kathleen Elliot: Imaginary Botanicals

January 8 - April 12, 2015

Exhibition organized through Katherine T. Carter & Associates

The art of California-based artist Kathleen Elliot asks us to consider nature in a new light. Leaves, fruits, flowers, pods and vines are translated into flameworked glass. And through the very accuracy of her botanical forms, a parallel rendering is also taking place: the organic is transposed into the domain of the imaginal, where natural forms appear in unexpected colors and in fantastic, new combinations. On view, will be approximately 25 flameworked glass sculptures making up four series within Elliot's body of work. These series address such issues as society's connections with the natural world; what constitutes spiritual necessity and fulfillment in contemporary cultures; as well as the food industry's ethical obligations to consumers.



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