Greenville Museum of Art

The original impetus for the formation of the present Greenville Museum of Art was the first Women’s Club Arts Festival in 1935. Rachel Maxwell Moore contacted the Federal Art Project in Raleigh, which authorized the establishment of a Federal Art Project’s Gallery in Greenville.
The building on the northeast corner of Fifth and Cotanche street was converted into an art gallery.
During these early years of federal sponsorship in the arts, the entire program became an integral part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). In 1943, when Congress made a decision to terminate WPA, the federal government announced a plan for donating one of the numerous small traveling exhibits to local centers meeting certain requirements. A local group was organized under Mrs. Moore’s guidance and requested a collection for Greenville. This collection of graphics was granted, as a long-term loan, and formed the nucleus of what is now GMA’s collection.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: illustration, paintings, Photography, printmaking and sculptures

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