Established in 1975, the Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody is a private, non-profit organization, whose mission is to foster understanding and appreciation of the visual arts, by offering an extensive and diverse program of classes, a professional artist exhibition series, and outreach programs for seniors, youth, and audiences with special needs.
Spruill Education Center
The Spruill Center for the Arts provides over 800 visual arts classes annually to more than 5,000 students of all ages and skill levels. Disciplines taught at the Spruill Center include Ceramics, Decorative Arts, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Mosaics, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. Our Education Center offers state-of-the-art, advanced equipment and stellar instruction by top artists from Metro Atlanta, nationally and internationally.
The Spruill Gallery
Located in an historic 1867-1905 home on Ashford Dunwoody Road, the Spruill Gallery mounts four to six exhibitions each year in a variety of mediums, including the Holiday Artists Market. The Gallery’s exhibits promote emerging artists, established artists and the artwork created at the Education Center each year during the Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition. Visit the Gift Shop for a variety of handmade art by Atlanta area artists. The Gallery is home to Jason Kofke’s popular “EVERYTHING WILL BE OK” mural.
History of the Spruill Center for the Arts
For more than 40 years, the Spruill Center for the Arts has been devoted to providing arts education and enrichment to the metro Atlanta community. That legacy began in 1975, when a group of women began meeting in the Dunwoody United Methodist Church for painting classes.
When that space was outgrown, the art instruction moved to the Dunwoody Park on Roberts Drive as the North Arts Center. It was in this space where the Center flourished, developed a Ceramics program, began bringing new artists and created the Summer Camp program.
By 1993, more space was needed and the Education Center moved to the current location within the North DeKalb Cultural Center on Chamblee Dunwoody Road. The Spruill Homeplace and five surrounding acres were donated to the North Arts Center by the Spruill Family. The name was then changes to the Spruill Center for the Arts to serve as a place to foster the arts, and as a remembrance of one of Dunwoody’s first families.
Today, the Spruill Center for the Arts is known around metro Atlanta and beyond as a premier community arts center. Because of a supportive community and strong leadership, the Spruill Center for the Arts survived a difficult economic climate in the late 2000’s. In 2015, the Spruill Center celebrated its 40th anniversary and looks forward to serving the community for many years to come.
Class fees, Gallery sales and grants cover approximately 75% of the cost of operating the Spruill Center.
We rely on fundraisers, grants, and the Annual Campaign to help fill the gaps and allow us to continue to bring outstanding programming to the community.