About Gadsden Arts


The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum’s mission is to foster understanding and appreciation of the visual arts to improve the quality of life in Gadsden County and the region. The organization works to enhance arts education, provide cultural opportunities, and stimulate economic growth in the community.


A thriving arts center and museum that offers a broad range of interpretive and studio art programs centered upon an exhibition calendar of top regional to major national and historically important art exhibitions. A community center that is enjoyed by a steady stream of daily visitors and participants, where a growing number of volunteers, philanthropists, and businesses find ample opportunities to invest in improving the quality of life and economic prosperity of our community.


Download the Gadsden Arts Center 2015 Annual Report

Download the 2015 Gadsden Arts Center 990 Form

Download the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Code of Ethics Document


Gadsden Arts Center & Museum

13 N. Madison St.

Quincy, FL 32351

phone (850) 875-4866

fax (850) 627-8606

Click on the names below to send an email.

Executive Director

Grace B. Robinson

850.627.5020; office hours Monday–Friday, 9a–5p

Curator of Exhibitions & Collection

Angie L. Barry

850.627.5021; office hours Monday–Friday, 9a–5p

Education Director

Anissa Ford

850.627.5023 ; office hours Monday–Friday, 9a-5p

Gift Shop Manager

Becky Reep

850.627.5023; office hours Saturday, 10a–5p


Melanie Joyner

850.627.5022; office hours Tuesday & Thursday, 11a–5p





The History of Gadsden Arts

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum….what began as a small annual art exhibition to support local artists and improve the quality of life in Gadsden County, has morphed into an American Alliance of Museum Accredited Museum with a state of the art exhibition space, a  leader in the Florida art community, with top scoring state grants and innovative educational and exhibition programming.

In 1989, local artist Beth Appleton and her husband David Harbaugh developed Art in Gadsden: a juried exhibition of fine art. Organized by the community and managed by the Quincy Mainstreet Program during its initial years, Art in Gadsden was originally hosted in empty storefronts on the courthouse square.

The Gadsden Arts Center (GAC) was incorporated in 1994, as Art in Gadsden grew and community feedback indicated the need for more exhibitions of fine art and art education. Originally GAC was housed in a small historic building near downtown Quincy. 

In 1997, the Bell & Bates Hardware Store, situated on Quincy’s historic square for 85 years, sought a new location. Mark and Patsy Bates then generously donated the 1912 Bell & Bates building to the Gadsden Arts Center, and the newly hired Executive Director, Zoe Golloway, accepted the gift with an enthusiastic plan. Golloway and community members researched and drove over 1,000 miles to design the types of exhibitions, educational activities, mission, vision, and organizational goals that now guide Gadsden Arts, Inc. Led primarily by private donations, Gadsden Arts, Inc. raised $1.4 million to renovate the hardware store into the state of the art museum facility it is today. 

In 2005, founding director Zoe Golloway retired, and Grace Robinson took over as Executive Director, guiding the Gadsden Arts Center to slowly grow programs and exhibitions, such as starting the Artists Guild, beginning annual fine art trips, adding an educator and curator, expanding the Permanent Collection from 11 to 54 works of art, creating a traveling vernacular art collection, and completing a successful multi-year fundraising campaign to grow the Gadsden Arts Center Endowment. 

On March 1, 2016, the Gadsden Arts Center was awarded the highest honor for a museum in the United States - American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Accreditation. AAM Accreditation means that the Gadsden Arts Center meets the highest standards and best practices for U.S. Museums. Burt Logan, Chair of the AAM Accreditation Commission, wrote: “The Gadsden Arts Center meets or exceeds all standards and best practices... through thoughtful planning and sound financial stewardship. We commend the Center’s profound commitment to its community... the Center’s role as a community convener and forum... it embraces this role without compromising its mission, vision, and plan.” AAM Accreditation is awarded to only 2.8% of all U.S. Museums (1,049 of an estimated 35,000 museums in 2015). Of accredited museums in all disciplines nationwide (history, science, zoos, art, etc.) 430 are art museums, and 34 of those are small art museums like the Gadsden Arts Center.


In July 2016, Gadsden Arts was pleased to share an addition to the organization’s name that reflects its status as a nationally accredited museum: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. Gadsden Arts is a “Center” – a community gathering place – and a “Museum” that collects, preserves, and shares important works of art, hosts culturally and historically meaningful exhibitions, and promotes tourism.

For the past 20 years, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum has strived to offer art educational opportunities for local children, support artists’ careers, and expose the community to nationally known artists, and stimulate economic growth and tourism for Gadsden County. 

Learn about where we are today
Download the 2015 Annual Report
Learn about the history of our c.1912 building
Download the Bell & Bates Building 100th Birthday Book


Gadsden Arts Center & Museum

Board of Directors

Meet our newest Board Members: Jan Bates (not pictured), Karol Dover Selvaggio, Eluster Richardson, and Charlotte Kelley 

I've been participating in various events and activities at Gadsden Arts Center for several years, and have found it to be a very exciting and welcoming place. Being a Board member offers me an opportunity to learn more about how the members and staff accomplish what they do, and hopefully contribute to that in some small way.
-Charlotte Kelley

I joined the Gadsden Arts Center Board because I need to know all aspects of my profession including the marketing, production, and business sides. This is a great venue for learning and a way to enhance my career. 
-Eluster Richardson
It is an honor for me to serve on the Board because, being Vice President of the Tallahassee Watercolor Society, we can now work together in sharing our news and happenings in both organizations which is a great advantage to both of us.
-Karol Dover Selvaggio

2016 Board of Directors


Lucy Harris, President
Raine, Thompson, Vice-President
Kate Clark, Treasurer
Patsy Bates, Secretary
Dawn McMillan, Past President


Jan Bates
Penny Dehler
Laura Harris
Sandy Higdon
Alex Hinson
Lou Hill
Charlotte Kelley
Alma Littles
Joe Munroe
Eluster Richardson
Karol D. Selvaggio
Becky Tiller
Medora Wester
Alan Williams
Mayo Woodward

Honorary & Memorial Gifts 2016

You can make a contribution to the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum in honor or memory of a loved one, and if desired, designate your gift to support a specific exhibition or program. A confirmation letter will be sent to the immediate family of your designee, and your gift is tax-deductible. Mail your contribution to: Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, 13 N. Madison, Quincy, Florida. Contact Executive Director Grace Robinson by email or (850) 627-5020.

Gift to the 2017 Spring Break Art Camp

In honor of Pat and Mary Jane Woodward
from Robert and Halle Walker

Gift to the 2016 Annual Fund

In honor of Julia Munroe Woodward, Bob & Elaine Woodward, and Mayo Woodward
from Katharine Woodward

Gifts in memory of Mrs. Ellen S. Bryant

Mark and Patsy Bates
Robert Bryant

Gift in memory of Tom Cumbie

John Shaw and Janice Curry

Karen Suber

Gift in honor of Sharon Hester

Randy and Barbara Pople

Gift in memory of Mrs. Marilynn Higdon

Mary Margaret and Larry McNeill

Gift in memory of Mrs. Nancy Higdon

Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers


Gifts in memory of Vance Kaehler

Bradley and Melanie Joyner
Pat and Mary Jane Woodward

Gift in memory of Margaret R. Lines

Blucher Lines

Gift in memory of Sylvester Woodward

Bradley and Melanie Joyner

Current Members

Thank you members who joined or renewed
October -November 2016


Jeanne Alderson
Chris and Angie Barry
Elizabeth Bettendorf
Lucrezia Bieler
Benjamin and Elece Bivins
Matthew Brady
Sonya Burns
Judy Conlin
Will Croley
Charles Davis
Sandy DeLopez
Michael and Linda Dodson
Alphonso Figgers
Carolyn Fixel
Bert and Denise Fletcher
Neil Fletcher
Anissa Ford
Kenneth Frame
Lee Garner
Joy and Jim Green
Harold Griner
Fred and Lucy Harris
Paul Harvill
Lou and Calynne Hill
Sara Holton
Jack and Martha Howe
Winston Howell
Clarence Jackson
Stuart and Eileen Johnson
Wendy Johnston
Bradley and Melanie Joyner
Matthew Keelean and Diana Kampert      
Paul and Deberah Keith
Rick and Susan Keyser
Debra Sue Lachter
Mary Claire Lovell
Bob and Ann Lumsden
Valerie Mackenzie-Sherlock
Billy and Susanne Mahaffey
Neil Mooney
Wes Mullins
Susan Peacock
Vanessa Pinto
Jared and Jenifer Policastro
Gail Presnell
Terry and Carlene Prince
Jill Quadagno
Betty Rawsthorne
Fred and Susan Redmon
Grace Robinson and Tom Morgan
Frank and Emily Rowan
Bill and Martha Sapp
Betty Sittig
Gwen Spivey
Mary Spooner
Richard Stafford
Barbara Sterling
Susan Stratton
Sherrie Taylor
Mary Tippin-Moody
Julie Todd
Scott and Ellen Watson
Lynn Wilson
Diane Winzler
Martha Jean Woodward


Help us bring the magic of art to our community!

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, 
Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs,
and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture


Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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All images of artwork are the sole property of the artist or the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, and may not be reproduced or distributed without written permission.



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