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Art Museum: The Art of the Brick opens
The Art of the Brick® Debuts at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Saturday, June 11 – Saturday, September 10, 2016
One­-of-­a­-kind LEGO® art exhibition by Nathan Sawaya opens in Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach, SC –  
Beginning Saturday, June 11, 2016, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will host The Art of the Brick®, an exhibition featuring large-scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO® bricks by New York-­based artist Nathan Sawaya.
The Art of the Brick is one of the largest and most popular art exhibits touring the globe. CNN hailedThe Art of the Brick as one of the top twelve “must-­see exhibitions in the world.”  “This year alone, we’ve visited Australia, South Africa and Taiwan,” said Sawaya. “We are thrilled to be bringing this collection to Myrtle Beach, SC.”
Like most young kids, Sawaya started playing with LEGO at a young age. But unlike most kids, Sawaya never stopped building, creating and exploring his own imagination. The result has solidified his place in pop culture history and he is making an indelible mark on the art world as well. The award-­winning artist has catapulted the iconic LEGO brick into an art medium all its own, transforming this construction toy into awe-inspiring and thought provoking sculptures.
The centerpiece of Sawaya’s collection of sculptures, as well as arguably his most famous piece of artwork, is entitled Yellow, a LEGO torso of a man ripping open his chest while yellow plastic bricks cascade out of the open chest cavity. Sawaya has made a name for himself by creating out of LEGO exacting replicas of the human form in various states of emotion, including anger, love, depression and joy. Concurrently on display at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum and for the run of the exhibition will be Sawaya’s unique multi-­media collaboration with award-­winning Australian photographer Dean West, entitled In Pieces. The two artists spent years traveling and working together to blend their crafts resulting in the In Pieces collection of visually stunning hyper-realistic images that are exhibited with corresponding and complimentary three-dimensional LEGO sculptures.
“I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people’s reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar. Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place that it has never been before. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before. I also appreciate the cleanliness of the medium. The right angles.  The distinct lines. As so often in life, it is a matter of perspective. Up close, the shape of the brick is distinctive. But from a distance, those right angles and distinct lines change to curves,” Sawaya said.
The Art of the Brick will be on view at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, SC from Saturday, June 11 through Saturday, September 10, 2016.  The Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. Admission is Free; however donations are suggested.  Please check the Art Museum’s website for extended summer hours.
About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO® bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO® into the art world and his touring exhibition – The Art Of The Brick® – has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts from Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, China and around the world. CNN heralded, “The Art Of The Brick® is one of the top 12 must-see exhibits in the world!” Originally from Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun and creative. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and of course also played with LEGO®. His days were filled with imagination. When it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art, than sitting in a board room negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO®. Now Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit
About Dean West
Dean West is an acclaimed and award winning photographer who specializes in highly conceptual and thought provoking contemporary portraiture.  His body of work has been featured in top photography magazines and art galleries around the world. Born in Australia and currently living in Toronto, Dean has also been named “one of the world’s best emerging photographers” by After Capture Magazine and included in Saatchi & Saatchi’s collection of the world’s top 100 emerging photographers. See more of his work at
About the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
As the only visual arts museum in both Horry and Georgetown Counties, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is committed to showcasing some of the finest art being produced locally, regionally and nationally.  Opened in 1997, the Art Museum features approximately 12 exhibitions annually.  Visitors may also participate in artist talks, docent tours, lectures, receptions, films and workshops for all ages.  Throughout the year, the Art Museum offers children’s educational programs for children from ages three to 18.  In 2013, Art Museum was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award by the South Carolina Arts Commission for its outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina.  The Art Museum is a Free Admission Museum; donations, however, are suggested.

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wholly nonprofit institution located across from Springmaid Pier at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.  Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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June 11
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Art Museum of Myrtle Beach
3100 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina United States