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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

Dates Available:

  • November 28 through Noon on December 15 (Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM; Sat. 11AM-4PM)
  • There are special extended hours to 9PM on Friday, December 1.

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! 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. 

Estimated time to complete: 40 minutes

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



Christmas Village

Front Campus, Bob Jones University

Friday, December 1, 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 1 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 1st, visit here.



ArtBreak 2023-2024: Lunch & Lecture Program

ArtBreak: The Past Meets the Present

From Egyptian pyramids to Roman colosseums, from Medieval stained glass to Fabergé jewels, from Renaissance frescos to 19th-century oil paintings—these artistic innovations from the past continue to provide an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the present. Join us as we explore how classical themes, motifs and styles are re-discovered and interpreted in our modern age.

Dates: 2nd Tuesdays 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.

Note: 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.


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

Registration: click on the dates below to register.

Fall Lectures:

October 10: More than a Fragment

Register by Noon on Tuesday, October 3.

Jean O’Reilly Barlow, founder and creative director at Interi, will share how she preserves and transforms Italian fragment artifacts with natural specimens, artistic methods, and contemporary interpretations–creating truly unique works.

November 14: The Continuing Artistry of Light, Color, and Composition

Register by Noon on Friday, November 3.

M&G’s Donnalynn Hess and Erin Jones team up again to reveal how the Old Masters’ creative innovation is visible in modern times.

December 12: A Glimpse into the World of Appraisals

Register by Noon on Friday, December 1.

Christopher Zydowicz, professor of cinema and film by vocation and appraiser (even creator) of fine art and objects as a diversion, will reveal appraisal insights and share his skillful re-designs of worn and overlooked treasures from the past.


Spring Lectures:

February 13: Storied South Carolina Silver

Register by Noon on Tuesday, January 30.

Dawn Corley, the Charleston Silver Lady, returns with objects from her beautiful silver collection, linking these meaningful treasures from the past and stories of their former owners  to our experiences today.

March 12: From Clay to Bronze: An Artist’s Journey

Register by Noon on  Tuesday, February 27.

Doug Young, a local sculptor, will open your eyes to the fascinating creation process of the planning, design, sculpting, and engineering of bronze sculpture commissions–including a special connection to the 2024 Living Gallery.

April 16: A New Lens in Architecture

Register by Noon on Tuesday, April 2.

Christian Sottile, architect and founding principal of Sottile & Sottile, will explore the lens that helps us experience beauty in the built environment. The role of the body is central in shaping our perception of buildings and cities. The ancient understandings of Roman, Medieval and Renaissance humanism are reemerging with new insights in neuroscience and the buildings being created today.


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. 


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 2024: Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

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

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

The program varies from year to year, and 2024’s presentation co-directed by Donnalynn Hess and Erin Jones features a new script revealing a gallery of witnesses from both the Old and New Testaments.

Since the creation and fall of man, God has persistently and lovingly pursued His own from generation to generation. At the center of His story stands the cross, the necessary and brutal work of redemption through the suffering Messiah. The inevitable culmination of God’s plan is yet to come in His final return, but until then we need not fear for God has consistently shown Himself faithful and strong. And, it is His faithfulness that strengthens our own to be steadfast to the end. View visually powerful stage reproductions of works like Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret’s The Last Supper, a new sculpture by local artist Doug Young, and M&G’s Adoration of the Magi by Flemish painter, Jan Boeckhorst.


Location: Rodeheaver Auditorium, campus of Bob Jones University

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

Performance Times: 

Thursday, March 28 at 4:30 and 7:30 PM

Friday, March 29 at 4:30 and 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 30 at 2:00, 4:30, and 7:30 PM


Living Gallery Tickets:

Teens & Adults: $19.79 and Children (Ages 6-12): $17.70

  • Tickets are on sale 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


Related Offerings:

Bringing a church group? Schedule a tour to see selections of M&G’s collection here.

For a family Easter adventure, follow an M&G Easter Scavenger Hunt.

Want to see works from M&G’s Collection? See the campus locations displaying selections here.


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, high-end writing instruments, gourmet popcorn, fidget gadgets, herbed soaps, soy candles, and more!

This all-day event is hosted on both floors of the Welcome Center, outside in the Student Center, and in The Den on the Saturday of Homecoming. Plus, 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 27 (Memorial Day) through Midnight on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

  • 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 a non-refundable application fee of $25.
  • Market application information will be updated each Spring, and applications are only received during the 2-week time period stated. Only Makers who have applied are considered for inclusion in the annual Makers Market.
  • 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.
  • Space for the Market is limited; therefore the number of Makers are limited between 35-42 total.

Announcement: M&G will announce the participating Makers on Facebook, Instagram, our website, and via email at some point late summer. Saturday, October 5, 2024 will be M&G’s 8th annual Makers Market.

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