The Spartanburg Art Museum's beginnings lie in 1907, when citizens of Spartanburg were so collectively moved by an exhibition of the contemporary art of that time, they pooled resources to purchase the city's first collectively-owned work of art, Robert Henri's The Girl With Red Hair. To this day, the Girl With Red Hair remains the center of Spartanburg Art Museum's Permanent Collection of Artworks, and a potent symbol of Spartans' commitment to the very best that visual art has to offer. We continue this legacy with our current mission: promoting contemporary visual arts by inspiring and engaging people of all ages through exhibitions and education. The Spartanburg Art Museum receives support from The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, but is primarily supported by our generous donors, who make it possible for us to pursue and fufill this mission. Become a SAM Donor and receive a complimentary membership & access to behind-the-scenes programming, special events, and compelling experiences in contemporary art.
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.