Spartanburg Art Museum is a regional museum promoting contemporary visual arts by inspiring and engaging people of all ages through exhibitions and education.
The Spartanburg Arts and Crafts Council was founded in 1907 by two local artists, Josephine Sibley Couper and Margaret Law. They chose as their motto,
"Art must not be the occupation of a few, ministering to the luxury of a few; it must be a luxury for all."
Although the Arts and Crafts Council grew and evolved over the years, eventually becoming the Spartanburg Art Museum in 1968, its dedication to the spirit of that phrase never wavered. Now, over one hundred and ten years later, the Spartanburg Art Museum resides in a 3,000 square foot space located in the Chapman Cultural Center. SAM's exhibition calendar boasts a diverse range of contemporary exhibitions and offers a wide variety of educational and community programs for all ages and demographics.
Spartanburg Art Museum would like to acknowledge that our Museum is located on the traditional land and territory of the Cherokee people both past and present. The Cherokee Tribe was one of many in South Carolina displaced by the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Approximately 1000 Cherokee escaped the Trail of Tears by hiding, eventually becoming the modern Eastern Band of Cherokees located in Cherokee, North Carolina.