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












Steve Jameson, Old Myrtle Beach Cottage with Palm, 2011, oil

































Winyah River Keepers Foundation Photo Contest Winners

May 8 - May 21, 2015

The mission of the Winyah River Keepers Foundation is to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. The winning photographs from the contest will be on display in the Reception Room. The categories are Wildlife, Scenic and Youth. The Horry Independent, Alternatives and Waccamaw Outdoors support the photograph contest.


Steve Jameson: Ode to the Grand Strand

May 26 - September 13, 2015

Steve Jameson's representations of iconic Myrtle Beach landscapes provide a lasting impression of the Grand Strand's cultural history and evolution. Jameson has painted scores of old, orginal homes up and down the strand, mostly in Pawleys Island and Myrtle Beach. He spends hours surveying each structure, analyzing its composition, color, light and space to create an authentic watercolor or oil depiction conveying a specific time and place. Most of the houses he's painted have since been torn down.


Before I Die

May 26 - September 29, 2015

After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled the sentence, " Before I die I want to ______." Within a day of the wall's completion, it was covered in colorful chalk dreams as neighbors stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than 500 Before I Die walls have been created in over 65 countries and over 30 languages by passionate people all over the world.


Sandy Logan: Ironic Abstraction

June 9 - September 20, 2015

Architect Sandy Logan of Charleston, SC, who incidentally worked on the Art Museum's renovation project prior to its opening in 1997, brings us a series of images consisting of objects that have been so removed from their natural context that their original meanings or purposes have been transformed into more personal and subjective perceptions. Some photographs demonstrate situations that have taken on or received a twist on their original purpose, thus rendering a changed perception of their actuality.


Norman Rockwell's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

June 9 - September 20, 2015

In 1935, George Macy, the publisher of the Heritage Press and Limited Editions Club books, invited Norman Rockwell to illustrate Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Rockwell visited Hannibal, Missouri, Twain's boyhood town, to find authentic details to include in his work. Twain's vivid descriptions of character, setting and mood were an inspiration to the illustrator, who considered each of the writer's scenes to be "complete and perfect to the last detail." The 16 signed limited edition prints from Rockwell's own collection comprise this exhibition featuring the artist's timeless images for these American classics.


John Baeder: A Road Well Taken

June 9 - September 20, 2015

Baeder is best known for his popular, photorealist paintings and prints of roadside diners. The acclaim drawn by Baeder's imagery is a measure of a passion that goes well beyond qualities such as reportage or the ability to capture the more casual elements of American culture which stand among the primary aims of Post War realism, particularly the power stroke that has been termed Photorealism. More than any other artist associated with the powerful Post War realist movements, John Baeder has returned the favor in kind to the very culture that inspired him. The diner paintings were always inherent in Baeder's special consciousness. Like a vanishing point, they represent the convergance of a range of interests and influences that took some time, and another career, to formulate.


The State Art Collection: Contemporary Conversations

September 20 - December 27, 2015

The State Arts Collection: Contemporary Conversations traveling exhibition is comprised of art from the South Carolina Arts Commission's 448-piece State Art Collection. Curated by Eleanor Heartney, author and contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress, the exhibition is composed of works by contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition is designed to suggest both the quality and diversity of the state's cultural heritage and includes everyhthing from hard-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.


Carolina in My Mind: Works from the Permanent Collection

September 29, 2015- January 7, 2016

This exhibition will be comprised of various works in the Museum's Permanent Collection that relate to the rich culture of South Carolina.


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 andindigo, 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, wotk ethic and blue-collar industries.


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