The South Carolina Arts Commission Board recently named the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum as the recipient of the 2013 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts in the Organization category. The Verner awards are the highest honors the state presents in the arts. They will be presented at a Statehouse ceremony tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2013.
“It’s heartwarming to see such well-deserved recognition of our executive director, Patricia Goodwin, and her wonderful staff. Their dedication and love of the museum are reflected in every aspect of the operation of the museum and the quality of the programs offered to the community,” said John Stewart, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “This award reflects the support that the museum receives from the city of Myrtle Beach and sponsors and members. Without their loyal support, none of this would be possible.”
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency responsible for creating a thriving arts environment that benefits the citizens. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, they work to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and artist development through state funds, the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Categories within the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Awards include: Individual Artist, Individual, Arts in Education, Business, Government, Organization, Special Award, and Lifetime Achievement.
“This is a wonderful award that Pat Goodwin and the Art Museum staff certainly deserve. I’m thrilled that they’ve received this award for the best arts organization in the state of South Carolina,” said Carolyn Burroughs, Trustee Emeritus. “It’s such a great thing for this community.”
Over the years, the Art Museum has become an integral part of the Myrtle Beach community and has established itself as one of the finest art institutions in the Carolinas.
“I consider this incredibly special museum to be a ‘Palmetto Crown Jewel’ to South Carolina, its community, artists, international and state visitors, adult and children students, and academic artists and creative interns,” said artist Jonathan Green. “This museum consistently through the past ten years has brought exhibitions of outstanding visual arts ranging from fine art, outdoor art, and magnificent crafts to visitors who are fortunate to see this museum.”
Visitors to the museum enjoy an array of artwork and educational opportunities, and have had the opportunity to view exhibitions of acclaimed hometown artists such as Brian Rutenberg, Frederick Hart, Sigmund Abeles and Alex Powers, and South Carolina natives Jonathan Green and Jasper Johns.
Throughout 2012, the Art Museum celebrated I Heart Art, a yearlong series of events designed to bring in new friends and funds for the museum. Events included several fundraisers (including the 1920’s-inspired Great Gatsby Affair) as well as a 9-hole mini-golf course over the summer (which was the only course in the South to use famous art as its focal point).
“The whole goal of the yearlong I Heart Art program was to increase awareness in the community and attract new patrons,” said Lineta Pritchard, co-chair of I Heart Art. “We’ve more than accomplished that goal. It’s great to see the Art Museum recognized not only within the community, but within the state as well.”
The Art Museum worked with other regional art organizations and partnered with local businesses and individuals to increase awareness of artists and available arts programs. I Heart Art concluded with new members and sponsors, and over $100,000 in new revenue.
For more information call the Museum at 843/238-2510 or e-mail Patricia Goodwin at (firstname.lastname@example.org).