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, colored pencil, 35-1/2" x 31-1/2"

Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina




































Contemporary Conversations II

September 20 - December 27, 2015

Curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, Contemporary Conversations II makes up one half of a two-part exhibit composed of works by 95 contemporary South Carolina artists.  The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state's edge geometric abstraction to surrealist tinged dreamscapes.  Works are inspired by social issues, memory, local and national history, imagination, art of the past and aesthetic theory.  Together they reflect the many voices and diverse concerns of South Carolina artists.  The Art Museum will exhibit 37 works from Contemporary Conversations II (CCII) and one additional piece from CCI.


Remnants of the Rice Culture: Photographs by David Shriver Soliday

September 29, 2015- January 7, 2016

Remnants of the Rice Culture features aerial photography of retired by still extant tideland rice fields in the South Carolina Lowcountry by David Shriver Soliday. Soliday of Charleston, South Carolina, whose work has been featured in such major publications as National Geographic, National Wildlife and Smithsonian, began photographing Lowcountry rice culture in 1977. His beautiful sharp and graphic-looking images are printed on infused aluminum sheet metal, a sleek and contemporary look that juxtaposes wonderfully with the sweeping views of South Carolina's colonial past. These photographs, aside from the awe and understanding the incredible skill and expertise it took to construct the highly intelligent hydraulic systems of dikes and canals that connected plantation rice fields to one another as well as the vast amount of land that was cultivated by hundreds and thousands of enslaved Africans. From an aerial perspective, Soliday presents us with a unique way of looking at tideland rice culture. We get a visualization of how the various tasks on the ground, or in the fields, coalesced into the entire, complex rice plantation system.


Rice and Indigo: Paintings by Jonathan Green and Works in Denim by Jim Arendt

September 29, 2015- January 7, 2016

One of the 13 originals colonies, South Carolina built its wealth and prosperity by cultivating two highly lucrative exports:  rice and indigo. The exhibition Rice and Indigo is a conceptual exploration of the effects of the culture of South Carolina laborers - both enslaved and free, both colonial and modern-day - on contemporary perspectives and understandings of our rich history. The rice component of the exhibition is comprised of a series of over 20 acrylic-on-paper paintings and drawings by one of South Carolina's most notable contemporary artists, Jonathan Green, titled Unenslaved: Rice Culture Painting. Complementing Green's work are fascinating works in denim by Coastal Carolina University's Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery director and recipient of the 2013 ArtFields inaugural Grand Prize, Jim Arendt. Rice and Indigo will not only offer a lesson in history of South Carolina's development into a prosperous colony due to its cultivation of two staple crops, rice and indigo, with stunning works of art by two outstanding Lowcountry artists; but it will also provide the viewer with two fascinating concepts relating these crops to contemporary issues surrounding race, ancestry, economy, work ethic and blue-collar industries.


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