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sam JOin uS Winter, spring, summer, or fall – Spartanburg residents of all ages can see art, learn about art, and do art year-round through the exhibitions, art school, and art outreach programs provided by Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM). Headquartered in the Chapman Cultural Center, SAM has been thriving since the 1960s. Now bigger and better than ever, SAM welcomes approximately 15,000 visitors annually who enjoy 20 exhibits with a variety of themes. “We generally have two contrasting exhibitions simultaneously to stimulate the imagination,” says Director Scott Cunningham. Upcoming exhibits feature master furniture-maker Michael McDunn, ceramicist Mike Vatalaro, and lithography from the famous Rolling Stone press collection (no relation to the magazine). SAM’s art classes for children and adults have seen the highest enrollment in six years. The 4-12-week classes cover all kinds of media, from drawing and pottery to stained glass and jewelry. Smorgasbord classes provide a taste of four different mediums in a four-week span by four teachers, and children ages 6-12 can attend summer camp. In addition to a free after-school studio on site, Colors Outreach runs studios all around the county to serve at-risk children in outlying areas, according to Cunningham, an artist and a 15-year SAM veteran. More than 900 children participated last year. Spartanburg Art Museum Chapman Cultural Center 200 East St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306 864.582.7616 | Tuesday-Saturday 10am- 5pm Open until 9pm every third Thursday for Artwalk