Northeast Georgia Mountains / Gainesville

Quinlan Visual Arts Center

514 Green St. NE
Gainesville, GA 30501

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  • The Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia

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For more than 60 years, the Quinlan has provided extensive opportunities in the arts to the growing, culturally rich community of Gainesville. Located on historic Green Street in downtown Gainesville, we are the only facility of this size and scope in Northeast Georgia, and the oldest arts organization north of Atlanta.

A haven for artists, collectors, students and art appreciators, the Quinlan has something to suit everyone's artistic needs. Initially known as the Gainesville Art Association, the Quinlan can trace its origin to a 1946 meeting of artists.

The current facility was initially dedicated in 1964 and expanded in 2004. There are five gallery spaces that host at least seven major exhibitions annually, featuring original two- and three-dimensional works of art in all media ranging from realism, folk art, abstracts, impressionistic works, landscapes, still life, portraits and photography.  

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Rates Call or See Website

    Facility Amenities

    Dance Floor, Free Parking, Meeting Facilities, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway

    400, 85, 985

    Payment Options

    American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Quinlan Fall Exhibitions

    Quinlan Fall Exhibitions

    08/17/2017 - 10/07/2017

    Join us for an exhibition featuring the Georgia Watercolor Society, Max Muller, Joseph Emery, Christopher Sherry. The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is located in the heart of the historic Green Street district of downtown Gainesville, Georgia. Admission to view the galleries is always free to the public. For more information, please call (770) 536-2575, and for exhibition information and photographs, please view the website at

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  • Fall Exhibition

    Fall Exhibition

    08/17/2017 - 10/07/2017

    Join us for the 2017 Fall Exhibition, featuring The Georgia Watercolor Society Members' Show, and artists Max Muller, Joe Emery, and Christopher Sherry.

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  • UniQue Artisan Craft Festival - 4 Day Event

    UniQue Artisan Craft Festival - 4 Day Event

    09/28/2017 - 10/01/2017

    Join us at Quinlan Visual Arts Center for a multi-day event for fine craft artists and artisans and their enthusiastic collectors with fundraising for the Q in mind. UniQue is a juried fine craft show. Artists will be showcased in a market setting for the duration of the 4-day event with opportunities to meet the artists as well as other hands-on activities.

    Located on Historic Green Street in downtown Gainesville, the center is host to 20 major exhibitions annually. We offer worksh... read more

  • Pan Pastel: A Truly New Art Medium

    Pan Pastel: A Truly New Art Medium

    10/06/2017 - 10/06/2017

    Discover a completely new range of colors for artists. PanPastel is the world's first range of pastel colors that can be applied like paint. The idea behind the development of PanPastel was to create a dry color medium that would work like a fluid paint. PanPastel Colors are professional artists' quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply pastel (dry) color like paint for the first time.... read more

  • 70th Annual Members’ Exhibition

    70th Annual Members’ Exhibition

    10/12/2017 - 11/25/2017

    The most popular tradition in the history of the Quinlan, the 70th Annual Members' Exhibition showcases the work of the myriad of member-artists from Gainesville and surrounding North Georgia Communities, Atlanta and the Southeast. Each year of celebration marks yet another season of unparalleled excellence in visual arts programming and celebrates the artists that contribute to that level of excellence. The exhibition will be on view through October 25, 2017.

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  • Demonstration and Dialogue with Dennis Campay

    Demonstration and Dialogue with Dennis Campay

    10/13/2017 - 10/13/2017

    Dennis Campay returns to celebrate the Quinlan turning 70! Join us at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, located in downtown Gainesville, Georgia, on Friday, October 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. A unique artist talk and demonstration is specifically designed for professional artists to watch and learn from Dennis Campay. However, collectors and art enthusiasts will also enjoy the process of creation. All proceeds from the workshop go to the Q programs and outreach for teens at risk. For more informati... read more

Meeting Rooms

  • Name Dimensions Ceiling Ht Sq. Feet Banquet Cap. Theater Cap. Classroom Cap. U-Shaped Cap. Exhibit Cap. Conference Cap. Reception Cap.
    Edith Quinlan Rankin Conference Room - - 540.0 - - - - - 20 -
    Deluxe Rental Banquet Space - - 4040.0 300 - - - 300 - 300
    Art Studios and Classrooms - - 4040.0 - - 30 - - - -