In addition to numerous art galleries, local guilds (such as The Seacoast Artists Guild & Gallery at the Market Common), and regional art shows throughout the year featuring talented makers and artisans, here are four unique places to see world-class fine art along the Grand Strand.
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
3100 South Ocean Boulevard
As one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is located in a charming old villa overlooking the ocean, and features four permanent collections, changing exhibits, and engaging educational programs for the public. Pieces include sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, textiles, and paintings in various mediums. Along with celebrated regional artists, past exhibitions have featured the works of Ansel Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright, Norman Rockwell, John James Audubon, and Jasper Johns, as well as many other renowned names. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
1931 Brookgreen Drive
Just a few miles south of Myrtle Beach, nestled amongst a gorgeous botanical backdrop, you’ll find one of the largest collections of American figurative sculpture in the United States. Founded in 1931, Brookgreen Gardens has over 2,000 works in its comprehensive collection, by over 400 artists. Each sculpture is stunningly integrated into the lush garden setting, and can be enjoyed while strolling along the many stone paths located on the grounds. Or experience important, yet smaller scale works of art in the indoor galleries and pavilions. As the recipient of numerous awards and honors, this historic site is well worth the visit and admission fee.
506 37th Avenue, South
North Myrtle Beach
One of the more recent additions to the Grand Strand art scene is the gallery at Artspace 506, which mounts unique exhibits featuring contemporary works from both established and emerging artists in the Myrtle Beach area. Shows and exhibitions are scheduled throughout the year, so visit the website for more information on up and coming events.
William H. Miller Studios & Fine Art
714 Main Street
William H. Miller is a professional, award-winning local artist, and owner of William H. Miller Studios & Fine Art in Myrtle Beach — a unique stop for any art lover visiting the area. This small gallery includes ever-changing works by various local artists — and by Miller himself. His upcoming exhibition at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, What You See Is What You Get, will showcase his dynamic abstractions in both digital and traditional paint media.
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