about spartanburg art museum


The Spartanburg Art Museum is a regional museum promoting contemporary visual arts by inspiring and engaging people of all ages through exhibitions and education.

major programs offered

The Museum has three major programs:

  • The Exhibitions Program...
    provides exhibits of national, regional, and local art.
  • COLORs Youth Outreach Program...
    gives under-served youth ages 6–18, the opportunity to experience high-quality art instruction in a safe environment during after-school hours. 
  • The Art School...
    is a non-accredited, community oriented, educational program that offers classes for children and adults.

membership & volunteerism

Your membership will help support art school classes, workshops & camps for children & adults, exhibitions by local, regional and national artists, an art lecture series, docent tours for students & adults, outreach art programs for at-risk youth, a growing permanent collection of artwork for the community.

As a non-profit organization, the museum relies not only on financial contributions from the private sector, but also upon its volunteerism. If you are interested in helping us install exhibitions in our galleries, helping us with mailings or any number of other projects, please let us know either by e-mailing us below or by calling us at 864.582.7616.


We are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sundays from 1-5pm.

Accepted into American Alliance of Museums MAP Program

This fall the Spartanburg Art Museum will take part in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) created in collaboration between the American Alliance of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). "This is tremendous news for SAM", said Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director. "I have worked with both of these organizations in the past and feel very fortunate to have another opportunity to bring national standards of excellence to the work SAM is striving to accomplish."
The American Alliance of Museums mission is to nurture excellence in museums through advocacy and service. MAP: A Customized Roadmap for Improvement is a powerful tool designed to support museums of all sizes through a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities and consultative peer review. At the end of this process SAM will emerge with an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and a prioritized roadmap for improving operations and meeting standards. 
To read the full press release click here.

SAM is funded in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg 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.



featured class

Glaze Spraying Techniques (Session II) (17+)
Robert Woods, Instructor
Saturday; 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
July 22nd - July 22nd, 2017
Tuition: SAM members $45; non-members $50 - 1 week

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