Best Gallery In South Carolina: Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art / 2021 American Art Awards

Thom Bierdz
7 min readJul 24, 2021

For the past 13 years, American Art Awards has decided the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America. Among the criteria: years in business, industry reputation, online activity, location, size, exhibits, educational programs, represented artists and references from artists, clients and visitors.

Only one per state per year is selected.


American Art Awards: “Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art introduces emerging local artists as well as showcases mid-career national and international artists with focus on art which forges new ground. The stunning original building anchors the west end of Gallery Row, Historic Broad Street, which runs from King to East Bay, in Charleston, the city which Conde Nast refers to as the number one tourist destination in America. This intersection of retail, culture and Five Star Hotels is on par with Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive and NY’s Fifth Avenue.

“This prestigious French Quarter gallery offers a variety of sculpture as well as paintings of realism to abstract, linear expressionism to intuitive and has excellent long-term relationships with clients, designers, architects, and trade professionals. Not only does MMG host ongoing exhibitions as often as twice a month, they offer museum quality work in bronze, ceramic, wood sculptures, original oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and pastels: phenomenal pieces ranging from realistic to abstract.

“The American Art Awards is proud to proclaim the Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art the Best Gallery or Museum in South Carolina, 2021, and one of the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America, 2021.”

Mary Martin: “We are an eclectic gallery and don’t wish to be branded with just one style of work. We look for originality as well as beauty. We want the eyes, heart and soul, as well as the intellect to be stimulated, soothed, and excited.

”We also have five hotels that have gallery areas on the main floors that we show our art at. One of them is a Kiawah Island. That is the Andell Inn, Bonvoy hotel. The other locations are all in Charleston, South Carolina.”

Mary Martin Gallery / 103 Broad Street / Charleston, SC 29401 / 843–723–0303 annually awards 25 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).




Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.