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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  • We spent about two hours going through the museum. It is a lovely building and we enjoyed all the permanent and visiting displays.  more »
  • Not your typical museum with their own private displays, the Greenville County Museum of Art has displays that "travel" to different locations. I cam to see the Wyeth works but they had already been s...  more »
  • For the size of our town, we are very fortunate to have many incredible art works featured here. It's also conveniently located next to the Children's Museum, Upcountry Museum, and library.  more »
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  • Nicely laid out - easy to follow the pattern of the art. Clean. Staff are polite and helpful. Restrooms were clean. Good mix of eclectic, abstract, classic, oil, sculpture, darker works etc - everyone will find something. They did have a LOT of more abstract work which I’m not fond of but if that’s your thing, you’ll be quite happy. :) Admission is free. Paid parking.
  • The GCMA is a real godsend for the entire Upstate, particularly its Sundays at 2 program. Where else can you learn about art in a wide variety of ways (including hands on) or enjoy some fine music that complements the fantastic visual art space? Thanks Duke Energy!
  • I enjoyed the art that I saw, but unfortunately did not experience all the museum had to offer because the overbearing guard continuously hounded my boyfriend and I for supposedly violating their rule that patrons must be three feet away from the artwork. Knowing I was being so closely watched made me feel incredibly uncomfortable especially since we didn't do anything wrong. We left after around 10 minutes.
  • 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
  • World class art with free admission. I can't say enough good things about this museum. To me it is at the standard other museums hope to attain.

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