Feature Articles

November 2011

The Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, Celebrates 60 Years

The Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, is presenting the exhibit, Celebrating 60!, on view through Dec. 14, 2011.
The Museum & Gallery, referred to by U.S. Airways Magazine and art experts alike as “The Best Hidden Gem” in Greenville, has been sharing its unique collection of Old Master paintings, European sculpture, and furniture with the public for 60 years and invites its friends to join them in celebrating this milestone.

The exhibition provides a glimpse of M&G’s acquisition history and represents a cross-section of artists from many European countries and time periods. A brief video highlights M&G’s cultural and educational programs and shares M&G’s unusual story of becoming “one of the largest and most interesting collections of European paintings in America.”

M&G’s year-long anniversary celebration also includes free admission to both M&G locations (at Bob Jones University and at Heritage Green) for adults celebrating their 60th birthday in 2011. Additionally, continuing through the end of 2011, regularly scheduled Thursday and Friday 3pm guided tours at the campus museum will include a rare opportunity to view the Benjamin West Collection located in the War Memorial Chapel on the campus of Bob Jones University.

West’s passion and pursuit of excellence in art earned him the well-deserved title, “Father of American Painting.” Although an American, his skills and reputation so impressed King George III of England that he appointed West “History Painter to the King,” a position he held for nearly 20 years, including the period of the American Revolution. Guests will have an exclusive and limited opportunity to enjoy seven of only twelve surviving works of a rare series - a true American treasure.

The 60th anniversary exhibition spotlights continuing preparations for the historic Nov. 11, 2011 anniversary gala celebration, A Diamond Jubilee: Celebrating 60 Years of the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University, and the highly anticipated opening of the Russian icon exhibition, Rublev to Fabergé: The Journey of Russian Art and Culture to America, on view at M&G’s satellite museum located on the Heritage Green cultural campus in downtown Greenville.

See the collection that has inspired and enthralled hundreds of thousands of visitors from the Upstate, South Carolina, the United States, and countries throughout the world. This special exhibition commemorates six decades of assembling a collection that has been a source of inspiration, education, and culture for people of all walks of life from royalty to students, archbishops to home educators, business professionals to tourists.

Adults celebrating their 60th birthday during 2011 receive free general admission at both locations, M&G at Bob Jones University and at Heritage Green, during normal hours of operation by showing their ID at the welcome desk. Make plans to stop by and enjoy the best of the “Best Hidden Gem” in the Upstate.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call 864/770-1331 or visit (www.bjumg.org).

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