Although many are not aware of it, Greenville, SC, ranks 13th in the nation for art galleries. We also have some wonderful museums that feature local artists as well as national and international exhibits. No longer do you have to go to New York or Chicago to have the opportunity to experience wonderful art.
Greenville Galleries and Museums:
Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery
The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, recognized as the “largest collection of religious art in the Western Hemisphere,” features works by major artists such as Rubens, van Dyck, Reni, Tintoretto, Le Brun, Cranach, Ribera, and Murillo, aesthetically exhibited with period furniture, sculpture, tapestries, and porcelains.
Greenville County Museum of Art
The Greenville County Museum of Art offers its visitors a way to sample the very best in American art through traveling exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from its own collection. It also offers art classes, evening programs, and information for teachers and school classes.
Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council
The Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) is the only organization in Greenville, South Carolina working daily to support every discipline of the arts. MAC provides support to area arts organizations and many individual artists through its grants program, through its cultural planning process, by advocating on behalf of all artists and arts groups, and by providing cooperative marketing opportunities promoting arts groups that might not have resources available to them. The organization also maintains a calendar of art events in the Greenville area.
Greer Cultural Arts Council
GCAC currently presents 4 plays per season, offers summer arts camp programs, and provides for other artistic opportunities throughout the year, including acting, drawing, dancing, and music.
16th SC Volunteers Museum of Confederate History
The 16th South Carolina Volunteers Museum of Confederate History boasts a large and growing collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the War Between the States. The collection includes firearms, photographs, flags, edged weapons, currency, clothing, letters, newspapers, and other items from military and home life.
Roper Mountain Science Center
The science center houses the largest planetarium in SC and the seventh largest telescope in the nation. The primary mission of the center is to foster enhanced learning and growth opportunities through educational excellence and high quality instructional programs for students, teachers, and the general public. Science enrichment programs are presented in an exciting and entertaining manner that makes learning fun.
Upcountry History Museum
The Upcountry History Museum strives to promote, present and preserve the history of Upcountry South Carolina through education, research and service.
Upstate Visual Arts
Upstate Visual Arts began officially in 1991, when a small group of area business and cultural leaders resolved to serve both area artists and the community by celebrating the vast talent of local artists. UVA now exists as a thriving non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, almost 500 members strong, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life within the community by elevating the stature of visual art and educating the public to its significance.
See the cars, the speed, the innovation – all for free in the only BMW museum in North America. The Zentrum is part meeting and events center, part café, part gallery, and part time machine. Located next to the only BMW manufacturing plant in the US, this museum of motion offers something for everyone.
Carolina Foothills Artisan Center
The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center is organized and shall operate exclusively as a nonprofit corporation to develop the educational, artistic, cultural and economic growth of the Upstate by providing means for North and South Carolina artists to demonstrate the creative process and to showcase the products of their talents to a wide variety of citizens and by providing a place for citizens to learn about and purchase the work of Carolina artisans.
Sparklenet.com is a search engine for arts, culture, and education in the Spartanburg area. Information on area museums and galleries and links to calendars of events are available on this site.
Walnut Grove Plantation
Walnut Grove Plantation is on land granted in 1763 by King George III to Charles Moore when the area was known as the backcountry. The documented collection of antique furnishings and accessories vividly portrays living conditions in Spartanburg County prior to 1805.