Your Museum & Gallery Today
Did you know that before COVID during the 2018-2019 academic year, M&G educators taught arts-integrated, core subject matter lessons in a record number of South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina schools? Invited by the schools—95% of them public schools—Museum on the Move educators taught in 463 classrooms before 12,436 students. This past year, 499 classrooms were scheduled before COVID cut the year short. However, M&G invested during the closure time to produce online, virtual versions of MOM lessons which have already been used by local teachers with rave reviews.
In addition to Museum on the Move, M&G currently offers online enrichment curriculum for homeschoolers and plans to offer live Kids Create! summer art day camps for K-6th grade in the summer of 2021.
To learn more about M&G’s educational program, click:
An opening day tour of the Picture Books of the Past exhibit of 64 M&G paintings at the Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C.
M&G has a long history of loaning works from the Collection to local, neighboring institutions as well as to some of the most famous museums in the world. The current closure of M&G has enabled more paintings to travel the globe for more people to enjoy and experience them!
In recent years, both Wofford College and the Georgia Museum of Art have requested recurring loans from the Collection for varied exhibitions. M&G’s largest loan to date (64 paintings!) is to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., for an exhibition closing November 14, 2020. Having the Collection in the nation’s capital has allowed M&G to strengthen relationships with the National Gallery and begin a relationship with the Italian Embassy. After giving 2 ambassadors and their staff private tours, the embassy’s staff have offered to help bring art loans from Italy to the new M&G.
You can learn more about M&G Art World connections here. (Yes! M&G paintings have even been requested by the Louvre!)
Even though M&G isn’t able to offer public hours for viewing art, selections from the Collection are exhibited in locations on the university campus. Private tour groups are able to explore the German Renaissance and its impact, the life and legacy of the Father of American Painting, Benjamin West, and ancient civilizations like Egypt and Rome—with an M&G docent. Private tours are available to schedule for groups of 10 or more! Choose your tour focus here.
Your M&G Tomorrow
Now at a pivotal moment in M&G’s story, the Museum & Gallery board and administration would like to increase the cultural influence of the Collection by making it more visible and accessible, increasing the opportunities for its use and enjoyment, and expanding the impact of its educational programming.
The new home for M&G will be built along the banks of the Reedy River in downtown Greenville within view of the Peace Center and Main Street.
Moving to a New Beginning
Visit our Beauty Matters campaign site to see current renderings and learn more about the new M&G.
Join M&G’s communications list to follow our work and progress.
What was originally a gift for you…
“Nothing is too good for God, and here on these walls you see great talent employed in His service. . . . You may not be an artist yourselves, but you have eyes to see and hearts to appreciate and souls to respond. It is my prayer that each of you will find here something which will make your lives more richly revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Dr. Bob Jones Jr., M&G founder, at the 1951 Art Gallery dedication
…is now a gift you can share with current and future students as well as all of Greenville, anyone visiting Greenville, and those encountering the paintings around the world on loan.
Even if your first Museum & Gallery experience as a freshman wasn’t 100% volitional, we’re hopeful you’ll be excited about how God has used the Collection over the years and continues to use it to transform lives.
In fact, that’s the mission of M&G—Transforming lives through fine art.
As a freshman, I remember being ‘dragged’ through the art museum. The building was nice, but halfway through I was looking for a way out. However, since that time, I’ve learned that most of the paintings depict Bible Stories and by sharing this art with the public it creates a creative witness for Christ.
—Wayne Wright, Class of 1971, New Windsor, NY
Three ways you can help build the new M&G
Your Gift Matters
Your gift will help bring the beauty of art and its message of the gospel to all who visit M&G and attend our educational programs.
For the next 3 years, all M&G Homecoming donations will go directly to funding the first floor Welcome Theatre, which will provide an orientation to the Collection before the guests encounter the art on the three floors above. We’re trusting you can help us meet our multi-year goal of raising $1,000,000 from as many alumni and friends as possible. (There are additional ways to give you can consider beyond sending a check or giving online.)
A Warm Welcome and Tribute
All 2020 donors will be listed on the 2020 section of the “M&G Homecoming Wall of Welcome” adjacent to the Welcome Theatre. Guests entering the museum through the theatre will be introduced to Dr. Bob Jones, Jr. and his vision together with God’s providence clearly visible in the Collection’s story. We hope you’ll agree that having you welcoming guests to the new museum is a fitting tribute.
The current museum space is one of the original buildings constructed in 1947 for the Greenville campus, where it functioned as the University’s Dining Common. In 1965, it opened as a newly renovated museum, and it has served M&G well since. However, the building needs significant improvement to provide an environment to adequately preserve and display the Old Master collection long-term. The building’s mechanicals—HVAC, electrical and lighting, and more—require complete replacement and modernization. Additionally, the building is owned by BJU. Moving will allow M&G to own and operate its own property and release the current space for BJU’s purposes.
Once M&G’s Board determined that the current building wasn’t the best option for the care of and access to the Collection, they commissioned a Charitable Interest Assessment (also called a feasibility study). The Assessment’s purpose was to determine both the interest of current M&G donors as well as a broader segment of Greenville residents and community leaders in supporting a capital campaign for a new M&G. Further, the Assessment sought to determine both the preference among interviewees for the location of a new M&G and the impact that location would have on the success of the necessary capital campaign. A strong majority of participants indicated they would support the campaign for the new M&G in “walkable downtown” Greenville—ensuring much greater access to the Collection.
Opening a new museum facility in walkable downtown Greenville will provide state of the art environmental design and mechanicals for the Collection, square footage that will nearly double the size of the current space, the ability to design the museum visitor’s experience with the Collection, and greater access to an internationally respected art collection that has been called “a hidden gem.” M&G will be positioned in the heart of a growing tourism destination, where thousands of people visit annually, rather than a private University campus on the city’s borders.
$22.5 Million dollars for the build-out of the new M&G in the South Carolina Arts & Cultural Center as well as seeding an operating endowment for M&G. Specifically, the allocation of the Beauty Matters Campaign Goal is as follows:
22.5M Comprehensive Campaign