Gainesville - Quinlan Visual Arts Center

514 Green Street North East


Celebrating more than 60 years of unparalleled excellence in visual arts programming, the Quinlan Visual Arts Center is north Georgia's premier arts organization. From humble origins as a sketch club and founded as the Gainesville Art Association in 1946, the Quinlan has grown into a well-respected regional arts organization known for its commitment to quality visual arts programming and educational opportunities.

In 1955, Leslie F. Quinlan deeded the land for the center, "not as a gift, but as an investment in the cultural future of the community." Renovated and expanded in 2004, the center is today known for its commitment to excellence, quality programming and educational opportunities for all ages and all stages of artistic development.

Located on historic Green Street in downtown Gainesville, the center is host to at least at least seven major exhibitions annually, workshops instructed by nationally and internationally recognized artists, a quarterly class schedule with courses in all media for both children and adults, summer art camps for kids, a museum-quality gift shop featuring original art created by local artists, and other special events for the community. Whether you are an artist, art appreciator, instructor, collector, or simply a student, the Quinlan Visual Arts Center is THE place to nurture your creativity in northeast Georgia.  


Trish Davis

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
Great place to take art workshops. Plenty of room and equipment. Just took a great class from Qiang Huang here. Nice staff. Good restaurants and hotels nearby.

Evelyn Asher

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
The Quinlan is a gem. If you are seeking a contemplative, introduction to regional artists or looking for the perfect one-of-a-kind gift, linger here.

Anne Brodie Hill

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
This wonderful Art Center is such a vital part of the arts community in North Georgia. The Exhibitions, the volunteers, the Board members, the Staff, the Georgia Art League, and workshop instructors are top notch. The Executive Director, Amanda McClure, is an excellent and very creative leader. Nationally known artists and Societies, such as the Georgia Watercolor Society and the American Society of Marine Artists have had and will have future exhibitions at this venue, because the galleries have the best lighting and wall space. The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is so important in many people's lives in North Georgia. Visitors to Gainesville, GA should put this on their must see list.

Lesley Bradshaw Orr

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
What a beautiful place to view and/or learn the arts!

paula lindner

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable arts organization located in Gainesville, Georgia. Founded initially as the Gainesville Arts Association in 1946, the organization has grown to the comprehensive visual arts center today providing only the best quality art education opportunities for all ages and all stages of artistic development, special events for the community, a summer art camp program for children, up to 20 fine art exhibitions featuring solo and group artists and a special Members' Exhibition each fall. The Quinlan is a proud affiliate of the Arts Council and the Annual Art in the Square music and art festival. The Quinlan is funded by our membership, the artist community, local and regional corporations and foundation support. Our mission is "Bringing visual arts to life, and to the life of the community."