Jim Harrison painting in Myrtle Beach museum
Written by Advertizer-Herald   

Renowned Southern Artist Jim Harrison will now have an original painting in the permanent collection of the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “We are delighted to have one of my original paintings in this well regarded museum,” said Jim Harrison. “I have always had a strong affinity for our coastal areas in all of their natural beauty so having my work presented in the Myrtle Beach area is an exciting opportunity.”

Patricia Goodwin, Executive Director, accepted the gift on behalf of the Art Museum and stated, “We’re delighted to receive the gift of Mr. Harrison’s acrylic painting, Fall Sea Oats, and will enjoy sharing it with our visitors in future exhibits drawn from our permanent collection.” The Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. The museum strives to engage its community and visitors through unique exhibitions and interactive, educational and creative programs for people of all ages.

The contribution was made possible by Mr. Reaves McCall. A citizen of South Carolina and a long-time collector of Mr. Harrison’s work, McCall donated this original painting to be placed in a museum upon his death. Other works from McCall’s collection have been placed with the Morris Museum in Augusta and the Spartanburg Art Museum.

A complete collection of Jim Harrison’s limited edition prints – also contributed by McCall – was also accepted for the permanent collection of the South Carolina State Museum.

Jim Harrison’s success is evidenced by four decades as a full-time artist. With talent, hard work and perseverance, he has more than 100 sold out limited editions of the prints made from his paintings and thousands of collectors of his work across the country. Harrison’s work is universal in appeal – blurring the lines that can otherwise mark the boundaries of society. His paintings and prints can be found in elegant beach houses, large international corporate offices, prestigious museums, and in modest country homes including The State Museum of South Carolina; the Morris Museum of Art; Spartanburg Art Museum; The Coca-Cola Company; The Maytag Corporation; Philip Morris Company; The Leo Burnett Company; and the Augusta National Golf Club. His highly praised one-man shows have included the prestigious Hammer Galleries in New York and the Conacher Gallery in San Francisco with his paintings also included in the renowned National Academy Gallery in New York.

In his career, he has scaled the heights of success as an artist and received the accolades that follow. In recognition of his contributions, he was honored by the Governor of South Carolina with the exalted Order of the Palmetto Award.

He was also honored for his many contributions to art and the State of South Carolina by the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Their resolution praised Harrison as a “nationally and internationally acclaimed artist” and as “one of the Palmetto State’s Chief Art Treasures.” More recently, Harrison was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by the University of South Carolina for his many successful years as a professional artist, the prestige he has brought to the University and the State, and his generosity to a wide range of charitable organizations.

Mr. Harrison is the author or illustrator of several books including: Pathway to a Southern Coast, Country Stores, American Christmas, The Passing, and Jim Harrison His World Remembered, and The Palmetto Tree and Its South Carolina Home.