Classic Contemporaries from SAM on Vimeo.

Classic Contemporaries is a program, designed for folks ages 55 and older, that encourages art enthusiasts to explore contemporary visual art 
through interactive presentations, exhibition tours, and art making activities in a studio environment. There are four main components within the
Classic Contemporaries program that bring education, socializing and creative exploration together.

February’s program begins with a presentation that offers some historical background to the medium of ceramics which is followed by a tour of
our current exhibition Cognitive Dissonance. Lunch is served and for those feeling like stretching their creative muscles, they are encouraged to
learn about working with ceramics in an informal studio setting. 

SAM Behind The Scenes: Bare & Zimany from SAM on Vimeo.

The SAM curatorial staff interviews contemporary ceramicists, educators, & collaborators Daniel Bare & Valerie Zimany on their raw-slip 
installation "Evergreen", on view now at Spartanburg Art Museum.

Cognitive Dissonance: Jan 26 - March 29 from SAM on Vimeo.

An introduction to several major themes, artists, and works in SAM's newest exhibition, "Cognitive Dissonance" with guest curator Anthony Merino.

Spartanburg Art Museum from SAM on Vimeo.

What is #givingtuesday? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now we have #givingtuesday, a global day dedicated
to giving back. On this Tuesday, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one
common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give. It's a simple idea. Let's work together to create a new tradition of global generosity.

Maggie Leininger: Visual Stratasphere from SAM on Vimeo.

Multifaceted textile artist Maggie Leininger discusses her contributions to SAM's exhibition "A Dyeing Art: Contemporary Textiles and Fiber Arts".
A Dyeing Art opens October 15th at 6pm at Spartanburg Art Museum and runs until January 14th.

Home Is A Name: Krista Svalbonas from SAM on Vimeo.

Artist & Educator Krista Svalbonas, alongside husband Lars Alverson, discusses her installation "Home Is A Name" while installing it for SAM's
exhibition "A Dyeing Art: Contemporary Textiles and Fiber Arts". A Dyeing Art opens October 15th at 6pm at Spartanburg Art Museum and
runs until January 14th.

ArtCycle: Local Art, Beer, Eats, & Bikes from SAM on Vimeo.

Begin ArtWalk at Spartanburg Art Museum on September 17, October 15, & November 19 for free BCycle rentals and an interactive ArtWalk
experience that turns visits you make to local galleries into special offers and discounts on local craft beer and eats.

Our Curator of Collections and Hub-Bub SC's own Tim Giles appear on Studio 62 with Jamarcus Garvey to disucss a whacky upcoming event,
the Putt-it-Together DIY Putter Workshop and Tournament, to be held thursday, August 20th during Artwalk.

Join the SAM staff and Art School instructors for an afternoon of art, demos, and fun! Learn about the Art School and the classes/workshops
offered year round. Our expert instructors will demonstrate a variety of techniques taught in their classes, from ceramics (both hand-building
and wheel throwing), to watercolor, portrait, oil painting and more. Artwork by local students and artists associated with SAM’s Art School will
be on exhibit. There will be special hands-on activities for children and opportunities to register early for our fall classes. Food trucks and other
community organizations will also be on site in association with 1Spark!

Artist Tommy Taylor discusses his work at the opening of Spartanburg Art Museum's contemporary group exhibition, "Pot Boiler".

Artist P.J. Mills discusses his work at the opening of Spartanburg Art Museum's contemporary group exhibition, "Pot Boiler".

African American Business Leaders met at the Chapman Cultural Center on July 21st, and Spartanburg Art Museum was there, along with a
number of their non-profit community partners to connect, discuss, and converse. We recorded this time-lapse of the milieu.

Contemporary SC Artist Charmaine Ortiz explains her performative installations of graphite and paper. Add your mark to Charmaine's "Drawing
Prompts/ Drawing Objects" at Spartanburg Art Museum's upcoming group exhibition "Potboiler", opening this Thursday July 16 at 6pm.

Spartanburg Art Museum's Executive Director Elizabeth Goddard converses with artist Jonathan McFadden about his site-specific installation
"Semisubmersible Helios" for SAM's upcoming group exhibition, "Potboiler".


featured class

Altering Studio Glazes (17+)
Robert Woods, Instructor
Saturday; 9:00 PM - 12:00 PM
April 8th - April 29th, 2017
Tuition: SAM members $85; non-members $95 - 2 weeks

about us

SAM is funded in part by the Chapman Cultural Center, INC and its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from The National Endowment for the Arts.



Chapman Cultural Center
200 E. St. John Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Closed Mondays

Tues-Sat 10am-5pm
Sundays 1-5pm