Art Exhibitions

Dec 8, 2016 - Apr 16, 2017

  • Venue: Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
  • Address: 3100 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Gee’s Bend | From Quilts to Prints
December 8, 2016 – April 23, 2016
Created by a group of women from the isolated African-American community of Gee’s Bend (now known as Boykin), Alabama, the nationally acclaimed Gee’s bend quilts have taken the museum world by storm. Back again for a second visit – their first exhibit here was in 2010 – the quilts, alongside their counterparts in print, will be exhibited in a new light. From Quilts to Prints will focus on a series of fine art etchings designed by four of the Gee’s Bend quilt makers and produced in collaboration with Paulson Bott Press in Berkeley, CA. Seen side by side with some of the famous quilts of Gee’s bend, these prints open up new conversations about the translation of ideas between one artistic medium to another. Exhibit-related programming TBA in 2017. The Art Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm and closed on Mondays. Free admission; donations are appreciated. For more information, please visit our website at MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.


Stitchin’ and Pullin’ | Painted Illustrations by Cozbi Cabrera
January 10, 2017 – April 16, 2017

Inspired by the celebrated Gee’s bend quilts and their makers, New York-based artist Cozbi Cabrera painted just over 20 illustrations to accompany McKissack’s prose for the children’s book Stitchin’ and Pullin’ a Gee’s Bend Quilt. These colorful, heart-warming works of art, exhibited alongside a variety of Cabrera’s famous hand-made dolls and quilts will provide a fun and engaging atmosphere for visitors to experience the wonder that is the Gee’s bend phenomenon. The Art Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm and closed on Mondays. Free admission; donations are appreciated. For more information, please visit our website at MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.


The Fabric of Our Collection
January 11, 2017 – April 23, 2017

To complement the fiber-rich exhibition of Gee’s Bend quilts and prints as well as that of Cozbi Cabrera’s dolls, quilts and paintings, the Art Museum will present visitors with works form our permanent collection from a new perspective that references and explores fabric and other forms of fiber in a variety of ways. Works like Burgess, The Legacy photo-collage quilt by Carolynne Miller will serve as an example of art that utilizes fabric as its medium, while works in non-fiber media, like Carl Blair’s oil and wax painting Appalachian Spring (pictured below), will exhibit imagery that evokes the look and feel of fabric by way of texture, color, style and composition. Other works will exemplify our theme with their subject matter, such as Jonathan Green’s oil painting of a woman in an iconic straw hat embellished with a striped ribbon moving between colorful, line-hung quilts, titled African memories. And finally, the exhibition will highlight technique in terms of representing the beautiful folds and draping of fabric in several drawings of women’s clothing and one still-life featuring a tablecloth. The Art Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm and closed on Mondays. Free admission; donations are appreciated. For more information, please visit our website at MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.