All works of art proposed for acquisition are considered through the same procedures, whether offered as purchase, gift or bequest, or allocated by the local government. Proposals are discussed and assessed by the Museum’s curatorial staff, and their recommendations are considered by the Acquisitions Group. This includes the Executive Director, the Collections Manager, and the Exhibitions Coordinator. Final assessments are made by the Executive Director and the Permanent Art Collections Committee, which includes members of the Board and meets on a monthly basis. All decisions, however, rest ultimately with the full Board of Directors. Archive acquisitions also go through the same process and are submitted to the Board of Directors for decision.
The Spartanburg Art Museum’s Permanent Collection and archive collection are built by purchase, gift and bequest, as well as by works allocated by the local government. Maintenance of, conservation of, research on, and supervision of the Permanent Collection is funded primarily by an endowment provided by the Palmetto Bank, but is also supported by individuals and by funding groups established by the museum. The Permanent Art Collections Committee makes formal recommendations to the full Board of Directors whereupon they are submitted to a vote. Final decisions about all proposed acquisitions, loans, and de-accessions are made through this process. The core of the Permanent Collection is comprised of gifts, bequests, and purchases from local artists.
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.