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Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville

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The Greenville County Museum of Art offers its visitors a way to sample the best in American art through exhibitions drawn from its own collection and through traveling exhibitions from other museums.

The GCMA's respected Southern Collection surveys American art from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on examples with relationships to the southern United States. Of particular interest is the exhibition David Drake: Potter and Poet of Edgefield District, which features nine vessels created by the enslaved and literate potter known as Dave. The exhibition is enriched by paintings and illustrations that depict the antebellum era.

Andrew Wyeth: The Greenville Collection is almost always on view at the Museum. Recently expanded to 46 paintings, it now includes an example from every major period of Wyeth's career. The GCMA Collection is the largest public collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth in the world.

Since its inception, the GCMA has also collected contemporary art. The collection includes examples from every major movement in American art, featuring artists such as Josef Josef Albers, Andy Warhol, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Eric Fischl, and Leon Golub. A highlight of this collection are three Jasper Johns paintings and more than 50 prints, sketches, and works on paper.
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  • Not a bad art museum for such a small town! Currently featuring many paintings by the prolific Wyeth family. I didn't know famous artist Andrew Wyeth's father, N.C.; son, Jamie; and two sisters were a...  more »
  • When traveling we always stop at a museum. The Columbia Museum of Art had a wonderful art collection from the 70s with each year displayed with information from 1970-1979. I loved reading all the info...  more »
  • What a wonderful way to spend a few hours and get the culture of several artists at this well designed and beautiful museum. A trip worth your time.  more »
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  • The building is an beautiful study of board formed concrete and modern architecture. The exhibits are free and have a cool variety of art. This place would have gotten 5 stars except that the staff was overbearing and discriminatory. We we standing in line behind a older white couple and the lady had a large hand bag. She asked if she needed to leave it. The docent told her that she was fine and it was really reserved for large bulky bags. Less than 30 seconds later he was rudely telling my companion that she needed to leave her small see through mesh bag behind because it had 2 straps and was considered a backpack. He showed up at another part of the exhibit and stood staring at us completely detracting from the artwork. Another docent stopped my companion and told her she needed place her camera strap around her neck. Another group was scolded for standing to close to a window. A trained and efficient security team operates invisibly. This rabble would barely qualify as janitors. They detract from the beautiful experience they are supposed to be preserving
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  • The museum could be so much better. They need to get more traveling exhibits to keep things fresh. The art in this museum doesn't change very often. It's also disappointing that none of the museum staff can explain the art or even the techniques. They have several security guards but no one is available to answer questions. They have a staff of over 20 people who seem to know very little about art but their focus is on business...what? They need to be more proactive in helping people understand the art so they can appreciate it. They could also benefit by having something for children. Overall it's a bit stale and needs to evolve.
  • I you want to accosted by guard continuously by hired security than this is your place. Upon entering we were stopped by security and briefed about how close you can get to a painting. The closet you can view a work is set at an arms length plus a hand. Approximitely 3 feet. My first incident of which there were many was becasue I was standing too close. The next because I point ed at something, mind you the work was under glass. The next my favorite, my wife , standing next to me at the 3 foot imagiary peremiter, turned around to face me and the guard walked across the gallery to tell her that her shoulder was too close to the watercolor which again was under glass. Really! These incident took plase within our first 15 minutes of being there. This continued the entire time we were there. I walked through the gallery with my hands in my pocket, made little difference. What an uptight museum. I said to a guard once, don't you think this is a little anal, he smiles, completely understood and responded, I am just doing what I was told. The Andrew Wyeth watercolors presented were mostly second rate. The Jamie Wyeth painting should of been returned to him so he could burn them and the N C Wyeth work would make him turn over in his grave if he knew they were on display. Don't get me wrong I love the entire families' work. I have been to the Brandy Museum too many times to count. I own just about every publication of there work. So I am making these comments from an informed perspective. I am an educated practicing figurative artist, have been my entire life. I did enjoy see some of the Wyeths' work as outside of Chads Ford at the Brandywine museum there is non to be viewed but the harassment that went along with being there was not called for. I will probably not go back again regardless of whatever show is up. My 2 cents. Tom Szewc .
  • Glad it's here. Although would like to see more variety and deverse installations.

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Greenville's main street is home to a few historical hotels with elegant lobbies and rooms that recall the opulence of the early 20th century. Chain hotels with both standard rooms and suites are scattered throughout the city and near the airport. To be close to nature without sacrificing the city, consider a lodge or cabin in one of the nearby national parks.
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