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M&G Christmas Events for Families

All these events are FREE and open to the public—especially for families seeking to initiate the holiday season with special opportunities to celebrate together.

 

M&G Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Welcome Center, campus of Bob Jones University

Available Monday-Saturday from 10 AM-5 PM through December 16.

In search of a family-fun outing? For kids K5-8th grade, this adventure leads your young explorers in pursuit of the Christmas story in art all around the campus, including a peek inside M&G! Every child who completes the hunt, gets a prize! The search begins (and ends) at the Welcome Center, where you can pick up your guide, clipboard, and pencil. There are extended hours to 9PM on Friday, December 2.

Estimated time to complete: 35-40 minutes

OR if you prefer, enjoy a digital scavenger hunt HERE.

 

M&G Christmas Guild & Gift Shop

M&G Parking Lot, campus of Bob Jones University

As part of the Christmas Market, shop M&G’s booth! Our Guild & Gift Shop offers a variety of distinctive items you’ll be interested in: Medieval weaponry and accessories for kids, M&G’s 2022 glass Christmas ornament, M&G boxed notecards, our new collection catalog, artsy stocking stuffers, and more!

 

Christmas Village

Front Campus, Bob Jones University

Friday, December 2, 4-8:30 PM

Begin the Christmas season celebrating together as a family! From storytelling to cookie decorating to crafting, children K5-6th grade are invited to come with their families to explore a variety of holiday booths and activities!

 

Annual Christmas Carol Sing & Lighting Ceremony

Front Campus, Bob Jones University

Friday, December 2 at 7 PM

Welcome the Christmas season with the traditional holiday melodies at the front-campus fountain area, where you can join a Christmas carol sing-along and watch the campus transform into a twinkling wonderland.

For more information about the events offered by Bob Jones University on December 2nd, visit here.

 

 

ArtBreak 2022-2023: Lunch & Lecture Program

 

ArtBreak: Art Through the Ages

For far more than art appreciation, come deepen your existing knowledge of history and discover the inextricable link between art and message—a reflection of and influence on their times and our own. Referencing works around the world and in our own Collection, M&G’s Director of Education, Donnalynn Hess and Executive Director, Erin Jones offer a memorable and engaging journey of art through the ages.

Dates: 1st Thursdays at Noon, during academic year

Location: The Davis Room, Dixon-McKenzie Dining Common on the campus of Bob Jones University

Parking: reserved spaces will be available in M&G’s parking lot.

Register: Click on the dates below to register.

Note: Lunch orders must be complete by Noon on the Thursday, a week prior to each scheduled ArtBreak. Rather than box lunches, Aramark Catering will provide a Deli Bar with the following spread: sliced oven-roasted turkey, roasted beef, and ham, and tuna; a cheese and relish tray; a variety of baked breads and rolls, two green salads, chips, assorted cookies, and beverages.

Cost:

  • Member without lunch: FREE
  • Member with lunch: $15.00
  • Non-member without lunch:  $6.00
  • Non-member with lunch:  $17.00

Fall Topics

October 6: The Beauty of the “Dark Ages”: The Romanesque Period

Ranging from the 10th-12th centuries, the period boasts a strong economy with massive stone building projects, primarily large churches. Plus, artisans created beautifying elements for churches and the wealthy including frescoes, tapestries, richly decorated books, carved ivory, enamels, and elegant columns and arches. Key personalities of the era include William the Conqueror, Peter Abelard, and Bernard of Clairvaux.

 

November 3: From Darkness to Light: The Gothic Period

Roughly between the 12th-15th centuries, artists built on the artistic ideas of the previous centuries and began to innovate in various media and architecture. The era produced beauty of truth, imagination, and design as seen in Dante’s Divine Comedy, Jacobus de Voragine’s The Golden Legend, and the Limbourg Brothers Book of Hours. However, the desire for painting with light through stained glass led to the architectural addition of the flying buttress. Other notable personalities include Abbot Suger, Thomas Aquinas, Marco Polo, Geoffrey Chaucer, Jan Hus, and Joan of Arc.

 

December 1: Beauty’s “Rebirth”: The Renaissance

During the late 15th-early 16th centuries, old traditions were replaced with new thinking as thought leaders and artists were influenced by the minds and creativity of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Culture shifted from a focus on the church to an interest in man’s abilities. Key personalities range from the Medici banking clan to engineer-artist Leonardo da Vinci to reformer Martin Luther and playwright William Shakespeare.

For lunch: register by Noon on Wednesday, November 23.

 

Spring Topics

February 2: Dramatic Realism: The Baroque Period

To cover the incredibly diverse and busy Baroque era from the 17th century with its bevy of influencers and talent in nearly every field of study, M&G will provide a tour of our Baroque exhibition at the Lenz Gallery at First Presbyterian, downtown Greenville. Box lunches will be provided.

For lunch: Register by Noon on Thursday, January 26

 

March 2: The Restrained and Exuberant: Neo-Classical and Rococo Movements

The 18th-century world broadens with colonization and revolutions, and the art of the times reflects the period’s order and chaos. Key personalities include George III, George Washington, William Wilberforce, Katherine the Great, Maximilian Robespierre, and Napoleon Bonaparte.

For lunch: Register by Noon on Thursday, February 23

 

April 6: Art as “Idea”:  The Romantic, Pre-Raphaelite, and Realist Painters

This final season of 18th-19th centuries is named after the most influential world leader of the time, Queen Victoria. The era is not unlike the creative expansion in thought and art during the Italian Renaissance. However, the Industrial Revolution sparked responses to poverty, social ills, and injustices. Art became a vital platform for messages—the foundation of modern art.

For lunch: Register by Noon on Thursday, March 23

Tours

Specialized Focus Tours (for adults)

Cultural Discovery Tours (for K-12 students)

The following tours are available for groups of at least 10 or more by reservation only according to scheduling availability. Tours are 45 minutes in length. Schedule at least two weeks in advance. Request tours HERE. 

Fees:

Students (K5-12): educational discounts are available

Adults (College age and above): $5 per person

Note: There is a non-refundable reservation fee to book your tour.

 

Luther’s Journey: Experience the History 

Gustafson Fine Arts Center, campus of Bob Jones University

For adults and students (6th-12th grade)

This focus exhibition features paintings from M&G’s internationally respected Old Master collection.  Tour the exhibit and take a closer look at the man, Martin Luther, by understanding more about his life’s circumstances in the 1500s—a plague circling Europe, the scarcity and inaccessibility of books, the normalcy of illiteracy, and the exacting authority of church and state. Luther’s life journey reminds us that ordinary people can be used by God to inspire extraordinary and enduring change.

 

Benjamin West: The Father of American Painting

War Memorial Chapel, campus of Bob Jones University

For adults and students (3rd-12th grade)

From an aspiring artist in rural Pennsylvania plucking the hairs of his cat’s tail for a home-made paintbrush to working as History Painter to the King of England during the Revolutionary War, Benjamin West led a remarkable life of influence, and his paintings detail his story of amazing opportunities! Tour this monumental collection of paintings commissioned by King George III and discover their significance in history.

Request tour HERE or call for more information: (864) 770-1331

Living Gallery 2023

 

Join Greenville’s leading Easter tradition–the annual Living Gallery!

Be challenged and inspired by the drama, uplifting music, and life-size re-creations of masterpieces that make up Living Gallery, an annual Upstate tradition since 1998.

The program varies from year to year and includes iconic Living Gallery works of art such as Rembrandt’s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, or Michelangelo’s Pieta. In addition, paintings from M&G’s collection are often featured, such as Francois de Troy’s Christ and the Samaritan Woman and Benjamin West’s Ascension.

 

Location: Rodeheaver Auditorium, campus of Bob Jones University

Parking: Parking is available on the campus of Bob Jones University.

Performance Times: 

Thursday, April 6 at 4:30 and 7:30 PM

Friday, April 7 at 4:30 and 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 8 at 2:00, 4:30, and 7:30 PM

 

Living Gallery Tickets: Teens & Adults: $18.90 and Children (Ages 6-12): $16.85

  • Tickets go on sale September 1 at Programs & Productions, in the lobby of Rodeheaver Auditorium, campus of Bob Jones University
  • Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 12PM to 5PM
  • Purchase tickets online here.
  • Call (864) 770-1372, Monday-Friday, 12PM to 5PM

 

M&G Annual Makers Market

During BJU’s Homecoming events every October, M&G hosts a curated market of handmade art, crafts, foods, and designs created by BJU grads, current and former faculty/staff, and current and former students. The Makers come from around the country and feature a variety of items including handmade cards, specialty cupcakes, functional pottery, illustrations, watercolor paintings, jewelry, fiber art, woodworking, calligraphy, gourmet popcorn and more!

This all-day event is hosted on both floors of the Welcome Center on the Saturday of Homecoming, and it is open to the public to enjoy!

If you’re interested in becoming a Maker, please consider the following process and timeline:

Application: Artists (and craftsmen, artisans, illustrators, designers, jewelers, bakers, etc.) can submit their application and images online beginning 8AM on Monday, May 29 through Midnight on Sunday, June 11, 2023.

  • Remember, since this is for BJU Homecoming, applicants are limited to current/former faculty and staff, BJU graduates, and current/former BJU students.
  • There is an application fee of $25.
  • Market application information will be updated each spring, and applications are only received during the 2-week time period stated.
  • M&G will make an email announcement about the opening of the application process in advance and on the day of the opening. There will be reminders throughout the two weeks to encourage Makers to apply.  If you would like to receive this announcement please click here.

Selection: Following the closure of the application process, a jury of BJU grads will review all submissions and choose which artists will participate in the Market in the following categories: 2D Fine Art, 3D Fine Art, To Wear, Paper Goods, Fiber Art, and Everything Else.

  • Once the jury makes its choices based on quality, price point, and variety, M&G will contact the chosen Makers to accept their admission and pay their booth fee to participate.

Announcement: M&G will announce the participating Makers on Facebook, Instagram, our website, and via email at some point late summer. Saturday, October 7, 2023 will be M&G’s 7th annual Makers Market.

If you would like to receive M&G updates, click here.