Quinlan Visual Arts Center
The second of Gainesville’s cultural hubs, the Quinlan Visual Arts Center is able to date its foundation to 1946, making it the oldest arts organisation in Georgia north of Atlanta. While the Smithgall Arts Center is multi-disciplinary, the Quinlan is dedicated to the visual arts, in other words, sculpture and works on paper. An even more important space after it was expanded in size in 2004, it contains five different galleries which together host at least seven exhibitions each year. Its remit means its exhibitions span all media, from photography to modern impressionism.
The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable arts organization located in Gainesville, Georgia. Founded initially as the Gainesville Arts Association in 1946, the organization has grown to the comprehensive visual arts center today providing only the best quality art education opportunities for all ages and all stages of artistic development, special events for the community, a summer art camp program for children, up to 20 fine art exhibitions featuring solo and group artists and a special Members’ Exhibition each fall. The Quinlan is funded by our membership, the artist community, local and regional corporations, and foundation support. Their mission is ” Bringing Visual Arts to life, and to the life of the community through Exhibition, Education, and Engagement.”
For more than 60 years, the Quinlan has provided extensive opportunities in the arts to the growing, culturally rich community of Gainesville. Located on historic Green Street in downtown Gainesville, we are the only facility of this size and scope in Northeast Georgia, and the oldest arts organization north of Atlanta. A haven for artists, collectors, students and art appreciators, the Quinlan has something to suit everyone’s artistic needs. Initially known as the Gainesville Art Association, the Quinlan can trace its origin to a 1946 meeting of artists. The current facility was initially dedicated in 1964 and expanded in 2004. There are five gallery spaces that host at least seven major exhibitions annually, featuring original two- and three-dimensional works of art in all media ranging from realism, folk art, abstracts, impressionistic works, landscapes, still life, portraits and photography.