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Myrtle Beach Art Museum


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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

843.238.2510  

Website: www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org

 

Housed in a beautifully-restored beach cottage, the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon P. Chapin Art Museum presents contemporary exhibits, as well as the permanent collection, creative art studio, art library and Museum Store. Social events and programs for children scheduled, too.

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is the Grand Strand's home for contemporary art. The Art Museum is a showcase for living artists, dedicated to furthering the visual arts in northeastern South Carolina. It is Myrtle Beach's very own art museum and the only one of its kind in Horry County.

The Museum first opened to the public in June 1997, but it was conceived some 13 years earlier by a small group of Myrtle Beach visionaries -- artists, art patrons, business leaders, cultural enthusiasts and other private citizens. The building itself has an even earlier history. In 1924, Eugene and Emma Cannon built a large, attractive home in the Cabana section of Myrtle Beach, far north of the developed area, and christened it the Cannon Beach House. After 20 years, they sold it to Colonel Elliot White Springs for use by his family and executives of Springs Industries. Springs re-christened the residence Springmaid Villa, and his family, friends and company executives enjoyed it for the next 30 years. During the course of those years, however, building projects slowly began to surround the house. Finally, in 1975, the family reluctantly decided it was time to move. They gave the Villa to the Cox Construction Company in exchange for a new home. Cox never did anything with the Villa, and in 1983, abandoned at 5429 North Ocean Boulevard, Springmaid Villa seemed to be waiting patiently to succumb to the fate of its neighbor, the Ocean Forest Hotel, torn down a decade earlier.

Distressed at the potential loss of this grand testament to Myrtle Beach's past architecture and lifestyle, local artist and interior designer Gaye Fisher, then president of the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild, took the Villa and its preservation under her wing. Although Myrtle Beach has a very short history even by American standards, these symbols of its beach life not destroyed by Hurricane Hazel in 1954 were in danger of being razed in the coastal development boom. To save the Villa, its existence had to be justified by a viable and meaningful future. The justification would arise from Fisher's own area of expertise: Springmaid Villa would be resurrected as an art museum. In 1984, historic preservation was but a faint concept; so was interest in the visual arts. Fortunately, Fisher's vision initiated community support in both areas. That spring, Springmaid Villa was carefully lifted and transported eight miles south on Ocean Boulevard to its current home at Springmaid Beach. Its transformation into an Art Museum had begun.

The actual transformation took 13 years of fundraising, architectural redesign and construction. Originally planned as the Springmaid Villa Art Museum, it became the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in honor of the founders of the Burroughs & Chapin Company who presented the extraordinary gift of title to the land. In June 1997, the 10,000-square-foot Art Museum opened to the delight of the community. The Art Museum sits proudly at Springmaid Beach, commanding a dramatic view of the changing tides. As seaside breezes and vistas exhilarate and invigorate us so, too do the elegant galleries of the Art Museum. 

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