About Gadsden Arts


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. A collecting museum that stewards, exhibits, interprets and shares works of art to capture, preserve, and share the culture of the Southeastern United States for current and future generations.


Download the 2018 Impact Report
Download the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum 2016 Annual Report
Download the 2015 Gadsden Arts Center 990 Form
Download the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Code of Ethics Document


Gadsden Arts Center & Museum

13 N. Madison St.
Quincy, FL 32351
phone (850) 875-4866
fax (850) 627-8606

Open Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm

Click on the names below to send an email.


Executive Director

Grace B. Robinson

850.627.5020; office hours Monday–Friday, 9a–5p



Curator of Exhibitions & Collection

Angie L. Barry

850.627.5021; office hours Monday–Friday, 9a–5p



Education Director

Anissa Ford

850.627.5023 ; office hours Monday–Friday, 9a-5p



Museum Shop Manager

Becky Reep

850.627.5024; office hours Thursday & Saturday, 10a–5p




Melanie Joyner

850.627.5022; office hours Tuesday–Thursday, 11a–5p



Chris Rivera, Museum AssistantMuseum Assistant

Chris Rivera

850.627.5024; office hours Friday & Saturday, 10a–5p



Chris Stewart, Museum AssistantMuseum Assistant

Chris Stewart

850.627.5024; office hours Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 10a–5p


The History of Gadsden Arts

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. 

Learn about where we are today
Download the 2015 Annual Report
Learn about the history of our c.1912 building
Download the Bell & Bates Building 100th Birthday Book


Gadsden Arts Center & Museum

2018–2019 Board of Directors



Ranie Thompson, President
Terry Hawkins, Vice-President
Patsy Bates, Secretary
Mayo Woodward, Treasurer
Lucy Harris, Past President



Jan Bates
Pam Butler
Dianne Croley
Penny Dehler
Laura Harris
Lou Hill
Alex Hinson
Alma Littles
Joe Munroe
Bill Piotrowski
Eluster Richardson
Karol Dover Selvaggio
Phyllis Simmons
Becky Tiller


As an artist, I enjoy sharing time and conversation with other artists and art lovers. As 'Nana' I particularly enjoy sharing the Gadsden Art experience with my grandchildren. As a member of this community I feel that Gadsden Art has had a tremendous positive influence on Gadsden County and our citizens. I look forward to seeing Gadsden Art grow and develop in the future.

-Terry Hawkins

I joined the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Board because I need to know all aspects of my profession including the marketing, production, and business sides. This is a great venue for learning and a way to enhance my career. 

-Eluster Richardson

It is an honor for me to serve on the Board because, being Vice President of the Tallahassee Watercolor Society, we can now work together in sharing our news and happenings in both organizations which is a great advantage to both of us.

-Karol Dover Selvaggio


Honorary & Memorial Gifts 2019

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.


Gift in memory of Jane Hunt

Tony and Kathryn Arrant

Gift in memory of Eleanor Fleming

Denton County Master Gardner Association
Walter and Jane Gilbert
Sharon Mayo
Don and Lynn Munroe
Jane Gardner Watson
Martha Jean Woodward

Gifts in memory of Susanne Taranto

Ben Andrews
Virginia Carolyn Burley
Mary Anne McDavid Cable
Jan Collier
Bob and Ellie Disbennett
Extra Point Club
Lauren Fraiser
Sandy Friedman 
Scott, Cindy and Diane Hamilton
Mark Hamilton
Robin Bennett Harris
Dale Lawson
June and Sonny Martin
Rob McDavid   
Edna Owens
Jerri L. Patterson
Mary Pat Peacock
Stephanie Riddle
Jeffrey and Nancy Rock
Karol Selvaggio
Robert and Meredith Smith
Caitlyn Smitherman
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Tallahassee Watercolor Society
Dr. Chris and Kelli Taranto
Tuesday Bridge Club (Wynn Datillio, Patsy Evans, Nell Kelly,
June Martin, Judy Natson, Sybil Palmer, Carolyn Shackelford, Jane Stroud)

Gifts by Russell and Lauren VanLandingham and Billy and Vicki VanLandingham in honor of

Jacqueline and Michael Dooner
Tamera and Chris Erde
Judy and Wes Greenwald
Julian and George Hackney
Stewart Hinson
Tee and Wilson Hinson
Melanie and Bradley Joyner
Suzie Johnson
Chrystle and Bradford May
Jane and Craig McMillan
Martha and Bill Sapp
Betty and Billy Suber
Karen Suber
Martha and John Pat Thomas
Carolyn and James Harold Thompson
Billy and Vicki VanLandingham
Debbie and James Whiddon

The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum is growing! 

Join the professional team at this nationally accredited art museum, serving the Big Bend Region of Florida.


Title: Development Officer


The Development Officer (DO) is a proven fundraiser with demonstrated experience and success in individual and corporate donor research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

The Development Officer reports directly to the Executive Director (ED) and works closely with the ED, Board of Directors, and stakeholders to develop new individual, foundation, and corporate support for the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum (GACM); and serves as the point of contact for all GACM development events.



A Bachelor’s degree and five years of individual and corporate fundraising experience, preferably in a community-based nonprofit organization. Three years of experience will be considered with a strong record of fundraising performance.


Click here for the full position description and application instructions.


Title: Summer Camp Instructor


Gadsden Arts seeks a versatile, creative thinker who is interested in exposing campers to a variety of art mediums and art styles. The ideal candidate has experience teaching art to children and is interested in creating a fun, welcoming, and flexible learning environment for young artists of all genders, ethnicities, abilities, and skill levels.

This is a contract employee position. A 6-week commitment is preferred, but 1-6 weeks are available. Camp runs June 10-28 and July 8-26, 9am-12pm. Weekly pay is $300,


Full Position Description, Timeline, and Qualifications

Please download the full position description here.


Help us bring the magic of art to our community!

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.



Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, 
Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs,
and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture



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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.



850.875.4866 | 13 N. Madison St. | Quincy, FL 32351