The Art Gallery in Smolyan was opened in 1964 and the same year it shows its first exposition. In 1983 the gallery moves into a new, specially designed building, with 1300m.sq. exposition area, special storage, work premises and conservation and restoration studio.

Gallery’s deposit holds more than 2000 Bulgarian and foreign artists’ works, in different genres of painting, graphic and sculpture, with focus on the artists, connected with the Rhodopes area.

The permanent exhibit of the Smolyan Gallery of Art displays works of some of the best Bulgarian fine art artists – Vladimir Dimitrov-the Master, Bencho Obreshkov, Nenko Balkanski, Anastas Staykov, Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, David Perets, Vasil Barakov, Alexandar Mutafov, Rafael Mihaylov, Dechko Uzunov, Stoyan Venev, Iliya Beshkov etc.

The ‘Rhodopean touch’ of most of the works in the Smolyan Gallery of Art defines the distinctiveness of its exposition. Many of the artworks were inspired by the nature, life, history and the rich local traditions.