The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is North Georgia’s premier arts organization. Located in the charming historic Green Street district in downtown Gainesville, the Quinlan is the only organization of its size and scope serving the region. A 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, the Quinlan is sustained by the generosity of its membership, the local community, and the entire North Georgia region. Founded as a sketch club in 1946, the Quinlan has grown into a well-respected arts organization known for commitment to working artists, exceptional visual arts programming and educational opportunities for the entire family.
In keeping with its mission, "Bringing visual arts to life, and to the life of the community: Create, Exhibit, Educate", the Quinlan hosts up to 20 major solo and group exhibitions each year, advanced workshops with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Entry to the galleries has always been free and open to the public. The Quinlan provides quarterly classes in all media for adults and children, a popular summer art camp program every year, the birthday or celebratory “Arty Party”, a museum-quality gift shop featuring original art by local artists, and other special events for the community including a fine art auction and Youth Art Month celebration each spring, juried shows and an exhibition exclusively for the Quinlan Membership every fall.
Community outreach is a primary focus of the organization. The Quinlan has partnered with many community organizations to reach a wider audience and provide art opportunities to underserved populations. Nurturing grassroots artist groups by providing a home, meeting and networking spaces to groups including the Georgia Art League (now with 120 members), the Georgia Mountain Handspinners Guild and the local high school chapters of the National Arts Honors Society.
At the Quinlan, we strive to make a valuable, far-reaching impact on the quality of life through the visual arts. Whether you’re an artist, art appreciator, instructor, collector, educator or student, the Quinlan is THE place to nurture your creativity in North Georgia.
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