Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Johnson Collection offers an extensive survey of artistic activity in the American South from the late eighteenth century to the present day. The Johnson family is committed to creating a collection which captures and illuminates the rich history and diverse cultures of the region. By making masterworks from its holdings available for critical exhibitions and academic research, the collection hopes to advance interest in the dynamic role that the art of the South plays in the larger context of American art and to contribute to the canon of art historical literature. The collection also seeks to enrich its local community by inviting the public to interact with these inspiring works of art.

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Gettysburg on the Move

An iconic visual document of a pivotal moment in American history has a new home in the center of Spartanburg. The Battle of Gettysburg is now on view in the Church Street headquarters of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries. Read more

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Quick Study

When Malvin Gray Johnson died at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, audiences mourned the loss of one of the most influential African American artists of the era. Only sixty works by the North Carolina native are known to exist today. Read more

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SC Verner Award

The Johnson Collection is honored to have been named a 2016 recipient of the Governor’s Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, South Carolina’s highest arts distinction which is named for the beloved Charleston artist. Read more

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