578 West Main Street
Spartanburg, SC  29301
(864) 804 - 6501

            WEST MAIN ARTISTS CO-OP        


Mission of the WMAC

The mission of the West Main Artists cooperative is to create a community of artists wherein members mentor and support one another.  To provide affordable studio, display, and performance space to established and emerging artists living in and around Spartanburg, South Carolina.  And to provide the public with opportunities to view original art and to interact with the artists.

Art can be created and enjoyed by people from all walks of life.  We actively seek a diverse membership of all races, cultural backgrounds and religious faiths.

WMAC History - in a nutshell

The Co-op has come a long way from its conception. Formerly the West Main Baptist Church, renovations and artist sweat equity transformed the empty and nearly forgotten landmark into a showcase of artists for the state to see. The church was purchased in the fall of 2009 with the great notion of providing affordable work spaces for local artists; this is not the only attribute found at the WMAC by any means. Many artists are realizing that with such a diverse group around all of the time, the progression of the individual's work never stops. This is constantly forming a catalyst that drives each person to question his or her art and where it is going. The WMAC is the only studio art co-op in Spartanburg County and art is everywhere in this 20,000 square foot building. The exhibition, workshops, performance and educational spaces, along with artist's studios subsist in the creation of something that Spartanburg has never seen, a one of a kind facility that houses like-minded individuals that share a common consciousness.  

Non-Profit Status

The corporation's name is West Main Artist Cooperative and its principal office shall be 578 West Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29301. Subject to limitations provided by law or the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, as amended from time to time, shall contain the provisions for regulation and management of the affairs of the Corporation, Inc. (the "Corporation"). West Main Artist Co-op is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable/ non-profit purposes as an exempt organization within the meaning of Section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

The Purpose of the Corporation Shall Be:

  1. The purpose of the West Main Artist Cooperative is to provide a forum and home for the arts and creative population of the area.
  2. To provide facilities and services available to artist's members who need a place to exhibit, perform or create their original artwork, especially those who cannot obtain space to exhibit or perform from traditional sources because of financial or other limitations.
  3. To train volunteers to assist with policies of the Corporation.
  4. To raise, solicit and collect money to carry out the purpose of the Corporation.
  5. To accept contributions, bequests, legacies, grants and gifts; and
  6. For any other lawful purpose intended to serve the stated purpose of the Corporation, consistent with the Corporation's Mission Statement as amended from time to time by the Board of Directors provided that none of the purposes shall be inconsistent with maintaining the Corporation's status as an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or corresponding provision of any future U.S. Internal Revenue law.

The WMAC is a 501(c)(3) entitled organization. This program is supported in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.