Museum Musings
A Message from our Chair
Why should we visit art museums? Many reasons abound. Museums inspire us, educate us, challenge us and unite us with our community. The Art Museum of Myrtle Beach brings this wealth of possibility to all who visit.

We are working to make our Museum better and better. Most visibly, we’re making much-needed improvements to our exhibit spaces. With grants from The Chapin Foundation and the Jackson Family, we have recently installed new flooring throughout the building. And in May we will have new exhibit walls. These upgrades should be complete by the opening of this year’s summer exhibit.
We welcome our new Museum Board of Trustees members Anna Brittain Bratton, Charles Brodhead and Steve Carter. Each brings diverse gifts and talents to our Museum, and we are grateful for their energy and commitment. Anna will focus on exhibitions and programming, Charles will work on long-range planning and Steve will focus on fundraising.
We are especially proud to announce this year’s summer exhibition, Can’t You Sea? | Ocean Plastic ARTifacts.  We call it “Five Artists Who Create Art with an Impact.” These gifted contemporary artists have created an amazing variety of two- and three-dimensional artworks and installations using up-cycled plastic waste “rescued” from our oceans and beaches – all with the goal of drawing attention to a critical, global environmental problem: plastic ocean pollution.

We invite you to visit the Art Museum throughout the year. We offer exhibits, lectures, pottery classes, kid’s art, road trips, community family days and fundraising events. Most recently the 8th Annual Collector’s Event — always electric with excitement and anticipation — delighted a sellout crowd. We thank PNC Wealth Management for their sponsorship and all who made this such a great fundraiser. Please check our calendar and come join us.

While we hope you take advantage of our many offerings, we also invite you to join our membership. We are a free-admission, non-profit museum — only because of our many dedicated sponsors, contributors and members. We’d be delighted to add you to that list. And thank you, City of Myrtle Beach, for all of your support through the years.

Elizabeth Benton
Chair, Museum Board of Trustees
Image: Alejandro Duran, Mar (Sea) , 2013, found plastic.