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Tuesday- Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Monday - Closed
FREE and Open to the Public, but donations are appreciated
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Elevator access at ground floor under the building (call button activated). Wheelchair available on request. Handicap parking in front of the Museum.
The Art Museum is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. We strive to engage our community and our visitors through unique exhibitions and interactive, educational and creative programs for people of all ages.
The Museum first opened to the public in June, 1997, but was conceived some 13 years earlier by a small group of Myrtle Beach visionaries - artists, art patrons, business leaders, cultural enthusiasts and other private citizens.
The building itself dates to 1924, when it was built by textile industry mogul Eugene Cannon in the Cabana section of Myrtle Beach. It was subsequently sold to Col. Elliot White Springs for use by his family and executives of Springs Industries and re-christened Springmaid Villa.
In 1975, the Villa changed hands again and was slated for demolition. A campaign to save Springmaid Villa began, led initially by Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild President Gaye Sanders Fisher. The building's survival, however, was contingent on its relocation: a Herculean effort organized by Guild member and Myrtle Beach Councilman Harry Charles, along with his wife, Jane. Relocating the 150-ton structure required two flatbed trucks for three full days, with a team of city employees, utility workers and every member of the Guild working side by side.
The Villa was taken to its new home eight miles south, an undeveloped property whose donation by the Myrtle Beach Farms Company, precursor to the Burroughs & Chapin Company, had been negotiated by Harry Charles.
Charles was also instrumental in creating the Springmaid Villa Art Museum Corporation, a new non-profit with a board of trustees charged with converting and later managing the property as a public Art Museum. Following a decade-long fundraising effort, the Museum opened its doors in June, 1997.
In recognition of the land donation, it was re-named for the founders of Myrtle Beach Farms and became the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.
The Museum is composed of the following:
- Six first floor galleries featuring rotating exhibits
- Four second-floor galleries including the Grace Martin Matlock Education Galleries
- The Art Studio, classroom space used for children's, adults' and family workshops
- Simeon Chapin Art Resource Library
- Reception Room with baby grand piano, used for receptions, concerts, lectures, displays and demonstrations
- Carolyn Burroughs Tea Porch, an enclosed space for receptions and other events offering a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean.
From its beginning in 1997, the Museum has acquired a number of works through gifts from generous donors, from artists who have exhibited at the Art Museum and through purchases. This collection, though small, continues to grow through the efforts and generosity of our exhibitors and patrons.
The Bishop Maps and Prints
The Bishop Maps and Prints Collection includes 15 maps from 1606 to the mid-19th century illustrating what has been termed "the golden age of cartography," plus a selection of 15 complementary historical prints. These magnificent historical maps and prints were a gift from Mrs. George Bishop in memory of her late husband, a local entrepreneur, in 1999.
The Barbara Burgess and John Dinkelspiel Collection of Southern Artists
Acquired over more than a decade by Barbara Burgess and John Dinkelspiel, transplanted Bostonians who settled in the Lowcountry, this collection includes 21 works by Jonathan Green along with works by nearly a dozen other Southern artists. Among the more than 50 works in the collection are paintings, pastels, photographs, prints and lithographs, sculpture and collage. In 2008, the couple generously donated their entire collection to the Museum where it will be the inspiration for activities that will enlighten and educate generations of art lovers and artists.
Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild (WACG)
Among those instrumental in the creation of the Art Museum was a group of local artists formed in the late 1960s, called the Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild (WACG), which had amassed a small but growing collection of artworks through purchase awards from annual juried competitions beginning in 1970. Upon the Museum's opening in 1997, the Guild's collection of 46 works by 29 artists of regional renown became its first gift of art and the Museum's first permanent collection.