Stay up to date with the latest information, announcements and press releases from the Spartanburg Art Museum. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact us at or call 864.582.7616

Spartanburg Art Museum one of 10 national small museums to participate in Accreditation Academy
This is a new initiative funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and assisted by an advisory panel of leaders in the museum field. It is a year-long readiness program to make the Alliance’s accreditation process more accessible to smaller institutions. At the end of the program, the participating museums will emerge with a stronger culture of excellence and be poised to apply for accreditation.    read more

ArtCycle Takes To The Streets
Spartanburg Art Museum's New Interactive Bicycle & Local Business program for ArtWalk   read more

A Dyeing Art Opens at SAM
A New Exhibition Featuring Nine Contemporary Artists Who Work in a Variety of Textile and Fiber Media Opens at Spartanburg Art Museum   read more

"Pot Boiler" opens for July ArtWalk
Spartanburg Art Museum's newest contemporary group exhibition opens in time for ArtWalk.   read more

Spartanburg Art Museum helps feed hungry Spartans
HCEB, a local nonprofit connecting professional potters and the general public for the purpose of philanthropy and creativity, holds public bowl making sessions at Spartanburg Art Museum, the proceeds of which benefit the hungry.   read more

SAM One of 5 Most Fun Weekend Destinations
SAM's Summer Art Movie Series draws Spartans of All Ages   read more

SAM's "Pot Boiler" Group Exhibition
Pot Boiler is a group exhibition featuring the work of nine artists. The varied and playful exhibition at the Spartanburg Art Museum will include a collection of images and objects that range from surreal photographs of toys to large installations to performance-based work that activates viewer participation.   read more

Hub City Empty Bowls gearing up for 2015 bowl-making sessions at SAM
Hub City Empty Bowls is now gearing up for its 2015 bowl-making sessions and Soup Day at SAM, which are a fundraiser to help feed hungry people in Spartanburg.   read more

Rare Collection of 20th Century Glass Artifacts Exhibited at SAM
Jay Kaplan shows off some of his collection of perfume bottles on display at the Spartanburg Art Museum in the Chapman Cultural Center. The display is in conjunction with the International Perfume Bottle Association holding its 27th annual convention at the Spartanburg Marriott.   read more

Spartanburg Art Museum Exhibits to Feature Glass As Art
When we encounter glass at its best — as in the north rose window of Chartres Cathedral or in millefiori paperweights from the Venetian island of Murano — we seldom recognize it as the same prosaic material that holds our leftovers in the refrigerator. Explore the paradoxes and mysteries of glass at Spartanburg Art Museum from April 24-July 5 in two new exhibitions.   read more

SAM hosts Community Art Collaboration
Artist Maggie Leininger invites residents to help with textile art project featured at SAM.   read more

Spartanburg Art Museum's "Dark Corners" Exhibition featured in Herald Journal
An article about the Julyan Davis' current exhibition at SAM entitled "Dark Corners: The Appalachian Murder Ballads" from the front page of the Arts section of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Written by Anthony Gregory.   read more

Past, present painters on exhibit at the Spartanburg Art Museum
Spartanburg Art Museum's new exhibitions feature two regional painters, one from the 20th century and one contemporary artist living and working in Asheville, N.C.   read more

Past and Present Regional Painters on Exhibit at the Spartanburg Art Museum
The Spartanburg Art Museum new exhibitions feature two incredible regional painters, one from the twentieth century and one contemporary artist living and working Asheville, NC. From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason is on loan from The Johnson Collection.   read more

Spartanburg Art Museum Hosts Farewell Party for Memory Ship Exhibit
Fox Carolina joined SAM staff to talk about Rock the Boat.    read more

College Students 'Rock the Boat' at Art Museum
The Herald Journal joined SAM for the Rock the Boat party saying farewell to the Memory Ship exhibition.   read more

Spartanburg Art Museum Rocks the Boat
The Spartanburg Art Museum is throwing a farewell party to our current exhibition Memory Ship on Monday January 26 from 5-7pm. Rock the Boat isn’t just any party; it’s an evening filled with all things ship and memory related from some of your favorite games to a hand-crafted trivia game created by SAM staff, free pizza and a cash bar.    read more

Go Pro!
Cultural Arts Day Camp Offered at Chapman on Teacher Work Day   read more

Memory Ship Docks at the Spartanburg Art Museum
Memory Ship is a large scale site-specific installation that Savannah-based artist Chris Nitsche will construct in the museum over many days.    read more

1Spark festival brings arts, businesses together
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal wrote a lovely article about the Chapman Cultural Center's 1Spark Festival that specifically highlighted the Spartanburg Art Museum's interactive public art piece, "More of What?"   read more

Call for Lumber for Memory Ship by Chris Nitsche
The Spartanburg Art Museum is collecting wood material for artist Chris Nitsche and the construction of Memory Ship, a large site-specific installation on exhibition November 7, 2014- Feb 1, 2015. As the artist salvages old fencing and lumber from the city of Savannah, GA we know we can assist his efforts by doing the same in Spartanburg.   read more

Spartanburg Art Museum Receives National Support from the American Alliance of Museums
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).    read more

No Vacancies is a public art exhibition taking place along Main Street in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. This spring exhibition is the culmination of a community-wide collaborative process that fills vacant spaces with visual art. The artwork was created by over 35 art and design students from Converse College, Presbyterian College, USC Upstate and Wofford College. What started as an impression for a new comer progressed into a collection of vibrant impressions for the entire community.    read more

A Legendary Exhibition Daniel Cromer: A Retrospective Opens at Spartanburg Art Museum
Daniel Cromer’s distinguished career as a fine artist spans six decades. Beginning to draw at the age of four, Cromer’s work is immediately recognizable through medium and style. After living and working in New York and London as a commercial artist, Cromer returned to his roots in Spartanburg in the 1990’s and devoted all of his time and talents to his creative practice.    read more

COLORS Annual Exhibition Opens at Spartanburg Art Museum
Coming of the heels of its 20th Anniversary, the Spartanburg Art Museum currently has over 50 vibrant works on exhibition created during this past school year by COLORS program participants, ages six through fourteen.   read more

Out of Line Opens at the Spartanburg Art Museum
Out of Line, a solo exhibition by Randy Shull will leave you with a lot of things to think about. This is not your traditional exhibition of paintings and sculptures. Out of Line is a body of work that continues Shull’s central exploration of place and dislocation using the contour shape of the USA. With over twenty large scale mixed media pieces this exhibition presents an expanse of ideas that encourages a process of inquiry.    read more

SAM Soars with the Kites of Chuck Holmes Exhibition
The Kites of Chuck Holmes is an exhibition at the Spartanburg Art Museum developed in collaboration with the community-wide Spartanburg Soaring initiative. This vibrant and playful exhibition features 22 kites that Holmes has purchased, collected or created himself and is on view through March 30, 2014. This exhibition at the museum serves as a preview of a larger display of kites from Holmes’ entire collection at the Chapman Cultural Center.    read more


featured class

Mother's Day Wool Flower Painting (All)
Cecilia Ho, Instructor
Saturday; 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
May 6th - May 6th, 2017
Tuition: SAM members $40; non-members $45 - 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

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