Greensboro Art Galleries, Museums, Supplies & More

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Anyone that wants to learn about art in Greensboro has definitely found the right blog and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.

After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.

You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Greensboro art map with all of the spots we mention throughout the post pinned on it.

All of our other city guides on the Southeast Region are available at that link if you are interested.

Best Art Galleries & Museums In Greensboro

If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Greensboro then check out:

The Weatherspoon Art Museum is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday with the doors staying open until 8pm on Thursday nights and it was founded in 1941 by Gregory Ivy thanks to superb collections and a strong exhibition program. The Weatherspoon attracts over 35,000 visitors each year including UNCG students, faculty, and staff, Triad residents, and visitors from around the state, region, and country along with an additional 24,000 students who attend art history programs there. They also have a year-round calendar that features around fifteen exhibitions.

205 Collaborative offers over 30 artists private and communal working spaces as well as two exhibition spaces with one upstairs and one below that are open to the public every Second Saturday mid-day or by appointment.

Having evolved into a creative platform for Guilford County and North Carolina The African American Atelier which is open from noon to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday presents artistic works, organizes debates, gallery presentations, and educational seminars while emphasizes African Americans and other ethnic groups’ contributions and culture.

For around two decades Artmongerz has been a co-op style downtown gallery showcasing local art from noon to 8pm Thursday through Saturday and 1pm to 5pm on Sunday. It presents a diverse range of art styles and work for anyone to enjoy and some of their most outstanding work is currently on exhibit all over the world.

The Center for Visual Artists has been showcasing the creativity of local artists and providing experiences to everyone in their diverse community since 1956.

The Cultural Center’s gallery and classroom doors are accessible to anybody who wants to develop their inner creator.

Founded on October 7, 1974 as a gallery space for professional painters with a statewide objective of promoting North Carolina artists Green Hill Art Gallery keeps open hours of noon to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday. Through innovative statewide exhibitions and educational programs GreenHill engages a broad and diverse community of adults and children while providing a platform for inquiry and involvement in art.

A three-story old thrift store with a 58-year collection of goods has been transformed into Elsewhere which is a collaborative environment you can visit on Friday or Saturday. A living museum, dwelling, creative laboratory, retreat facility, playground, think tank, and more are all part of the project.

Guilford College Art Gallery promotes social justice through rotating exhibitions, instructional programming, and the management of the College’s permanent fine art collection which spans more than 4,000 years and four continents with over 1,500 original works of art by more than 600 painters.

Over thirty painters and sculptors from all across the country and the world are represented by Ambleside Gallery which is open from noon to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday.

More than forty local, national, and international artists are represented by the O’Brien Gallery from 11am to 5pm Monday through Friday and until 4pm on Saturday where original paintings in all mediums, portraiture, fine craft, and pottery are featured in ongoing gallery exhibitions.

In 1975 the High Point Area Arts Council launched Theatre Art Galleries (TAG) which was established in 1996 as a separate non-profit organization. They offer visual art exhibits and educational opportunities for the community’s benefit.

The Darrell E. Sechrest Art Gallery at High Point University is open from 9am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday and starting at 10am on Monday and is primarily an educational gallery that hosts rotating exhibitions in a variety of media for the University and the surrounding community. Interacting with exhibiting artists and hearing them speak about their work will be possible at these exhibitions while all exhibitions, gallery lectures, and openings are advertised locally and regionally and are free and open to the public.

Materials & Supplies Near You

These local art stores are great places to buy new materials and supplies:

Jerry’s Art Supply & Framing Wholesale Club is a great place to buy art materials in your area as they sell a wide choice of high-quality products including pencils, pens, paper, paints, framing equipment, and a variety of other mediums.

Both new and used art supplies are sold at Shelf Life Art & Supply which opened in 2014. Regular art classes and workshops, art displays, and weekly figure drawing sessions are held at the storefront location which has become a nexus for idea exchange in the creative community.

We doubt we need to tell you what the chain stores like Michaels, Joann, Dollar Tree, and Hobby Lobby are.

If all you want to do is buy cheap basic art supplies near you Dollar Tree should suffice, if you want something higher end or harder to find the others will be better options.

Shows & Events

There are some really cool shows, events, and festivals in your area like:

At First Friday Art Park every first Friday of summer month’s painters, potters, and others will flock to Center City Park for demonstrations and hands-on crafts guided by Art Alliance instructors.

The North Carolina Folk Festival takes place in September and comprises over 300 musicians performing on numerous stages at the same time. The Festival draws large audiences downtown for a three-day celebration of cultural heritage that includes music, dancing, handcrafted items, cuisine, and family fun.

Original designs and work from hundreds of brilliant artists and craftspeople from around America are included in Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic where numerous exhibitors will demonstrate the creative process throughout the weekend. With things ranging from the most traditional to the most contemporary there is something for every style, taste, and budget and Sunshine Artist’s “200 Best” honors were given to this presentation.

Art Dealers & Appraisers

To get an old piece valued or add something new to your collection head to these dealers and appraisers:

The Art Shop is home to a world-class art collection as well as a cutting-edge framing facility. Original oil paintings, hand-embellished and embellished works on canvas, bronze sculptures, and hand-blown glass are four of their specialties.

For your house, workplace, or hotel William Mangum Fine Art crafts contemporary and fine art paintings of North Carolina.

The Picturalist makes your life as a designer easier by providing a vast selection of styles and artists that you can browse and order from the comfort of your own computer plus they offer high-end custom framing services that are delivered right to your house.

Leftbank Art has been hand-painting US-made wall décor at their Southern California factory for over 40 years and their in-house artists create original works plus they also collaborate with excellent creators from across the country to deliver high-quality works to the most discerning clients.

Walking Tours

We don’t know of any local art walking tours at the moment, our best current suggestion is to use our area map at the end to put together your own unique tour. Of course any time one of the festivals is going down you should have even more options.

Sculptures & Statues

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An equally enjoyable way to have fun on a pleasant afternoon would be to check out some of these statues and sculptures in your area:

  • Alpform at 1530 Benjamin Pkwy
  • Cactus at 219 W Washington St
  • Charles Duncan McIver Statue at 1000 Spring Garden St
  • Cirilo by Horace L. Farlowe at 915 W Gate City Blvd
  • Dr Joe at 1101 Hobbs Rd
  • John Coltrane Statue at S Hamilton St & Commerce Ave, High Point

Ogdean Deal created the Alpform sculpture out of steel in 1968.

Dan Lomax’s Cactus is a modern sculpture of a cactus made of metal that has been installed permanently downtown.

The Statue of Charles Duncan McIver is 7.5 feet of bronze and stands atop a 3.5-foot granite pedestal honoring Charles McIver who was the first president of the State Normal and Industrial School for Women which later became UNCG.

Outside of the Gate City Plaza Apartments Horace L. Farlowe constructed Cirilo which is a nice outdoor sculpture near you.

Dr. Joe is a life-size sculpture created by Maria Kirby-Smith in honor of Dr. Joe Christian who was the originator of The Bog Garden at Benjamin Park.

A bronze sculpture of the famous jazz musician John Coltrane stands 8 feet tall which you can find in Coltrane’s hometown of High Point on the northeast corner of City Hall.

Greensboro Art Classes

Whether you are trying to find lessons for kids, teens, or adults some of the best Greensboro art schools and classes can be found at:

UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is a National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredited institution that offers several degree paths to help you achieve your goals combining intensive and rigorous curricula with practical experiences to unlock your creativity and prepare you for a variety of career options.

Individual tuition in potter’s wheel throwing, hand building, and glazing techniques is available at the Clay Bakery Studio providing a complete pottery experience. All essential materials, tools, and equipment are provided and are included in the lesson fee.

Wine & Design is an enjoyable approach to make memories and artworks in your area. During one of their two-hour lessons you can have a glass of wine while canvases and paintbrushes are provided, and a local artist will assist you through the evening stroke by stroke. It is fair to say that given the wine these classes might be a little more casual, but that doesn’t mean you won’t learn something.

Since 1998 the Art Alliance of Greensboro has aided adults and children in exploring their creativity while making an environment for creatives to thrive through classes, a community studio, and events.

Students learn about the principles of art, history, and more while having fun with hands-on crafts at Little Blank Canvas.

Studios For Rent Near You

Try to rent art studio space at one of these spots when you are ready to begin your next project:

Working artists can hire studio space on a monthly basis at Studio 503.

Masterpiece Art Studios encourages creators of all ages to participate in art classes, paint parties, and summer art camps plus they have studio space available to rent.

Another spot to potentially find workspace is the 205 Collaborative from our initial best galleries in your area list.


For the most highly recommended places to go for art framing in Greensboro head to:

Since 1979 Irving Park Art and Frame has provided full-service custom framing as well as a boutique art gallery to the Greensboro area.

The term artisan refers to a skilled craftsman and that is exactly what Artisan Art & Framing provides in the form of custom frame, printing, and photo restoration.

Thousands O’ Prints is a locally owned and operated business that takes on commercial and personal frame projects of all shapes and sizes.

Penland Custom Frames provides all of the craftsmanship and imagination and from a poster to a Picasso there’s something for everyone.

Jewelry, apparel, accessories, gifts, and custom framing are all available at HangUps Custom Framing.

The Art Shop and The Picturalist from the dealers list also do top notch framing.

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Have Fun Enjoying The Greensboro Art Scene

Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.

Anyone that made it this far probably loves the local art as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.

Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Greensboro!

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This post and all of the posts on our site are edited by Dan Soloman who has been a huge fan of art since he was a little kid. His mother was a good local artist, and she taught him the trade from a very early age. He studied art and its history in both high school and college, has worked at multiple galleries, and recently has begun creating and editing online content for this site and some other online media platforms.


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