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Greenville Museum of Art

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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.

In 1986 the Museum received accreditation by the American Association of Museums, the highest honor that can be bestowed on any museum.

In 1988, Nelson Britt was named and Executive Director, and a couple of years later, the Museum facilities were expanded by 7,000 foot addition. In 1992 Barbour Strickland became Director, a position he held for 14 years. Currently, Charlotte Fitz-Daniels is Executive Director of the Museum. She was appointed in 2009.

The GMA's mission is to: To Provide and Promote the Visual Arts through the Collection, Exhibitions and Education. With over 14,000 visitors a year and numerous lectures, programs and tours throughout the year, the Museum is passionate about culturally enriching the lives of all who walk through its doors.

About the Visual Arts Academy


Our mission is to provide an avenue of development for students in Pitt County who exhibit high aptitude, interest and skills in the visual arts.


Our goal is to give select visual art students a unique learning experience. Students are mentored by visual art educators, licensed by the state of North Carolina. These educators work with your child to further their learning within the bounds of the N.C. Standard Course of Study in the Visual Arts. We facilitate the education, exploration and application of artistic learning in a more expansive and guided studio setting.


The year is divided into two, 8 week semesters, September - early December and February - May. Semesters consist of 18 meetings per term. Studio times are from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Studio sessions are held at the GMA Center for Art Education. This is a new building next door to the museum.


Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to apply. Parents and students must complete an application. We will contact the art teacher listed on the application form to obtain a written letter of nomination of the student to the Academy. An application is included in this handbook and may also be obtained from your child's art teacher, from the Academy, or from the Greenville Museum of Art.

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Hours of Operation:
Tue10:00 AM4:30 PM
Wed10:00 AM4:30 PM
Thr10:00 AM4:30 PM
Fri10:00 AM4:30 PM
Sat1:00 PM4:00 PM
Sun1:00 PM4:00 PM
Notes: None Listed


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