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.
13 N. Madison St.
Quincy, FL 32351
phone (850) 875-4866
fax (850) 627-8606
850.627.5020; office hours Monday–Friday, 9a–5p
850.627.5021; office hours Monday–Friday, 9a–5p
850.627.5023 ; office hours Monday–Friday, 9a-5p
850.627.5023; office hours Saturday, 10a–5p
850.627.5022; office hours Tuesday & Thursday, 11a–5p
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.
Lucy Harris, President
Raine, Thompson, Vice-President
Kate Clark, Treasurer
Patsy Bates, Secretary
Dawn McMillan, Past President
Karol D. Selvaggio
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.
In honor of Pat and Mary Jane Woodward
from Robert and Halle Walker
In honor of Julia Munroe Woodward, Bob & Elaine Woodward, and Mayo Woodward
from Katharine Woodward
Mark and Patsy Bates
John Shaw and Janice Curry
Randy and Barbara Pople
Mary Margaret and Larry McNeill
Jim and Betty Ann Rodgers
Bradley and Melanie Joyner
Pat and Mary Jane Woodward
Bradley and Melanie Joyner
Help us bring the magic of art to our community!
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.
Copyright 2016, Gadsden Arts, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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.