The artistically minded have always felt at home in Savannah, GA, where there is a strong appreciation for the arts. The Savannah College of Art and Design, also known as SCAD, anchors the city’s artistic community. Located in the downtown historic district, SCAD has been committed to pursuing excellence in the arts since its beginning in 1978 and boasts more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university. The campus is spread throughout Savannah’s downtown in numerous historic buildings and has served to enhance Savannah’s strong appreciation for the arts. Showcasing the art of SCAD’s talented artists is shopSCAD. Stop by its convenient Bull Street location, near lovely Forsyth Park, to peruse and purchase many unique and innovative items such as jewelry, paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography, handbags, and clothing.
A highlight to Savannah’s art appreciation is The Ray Ellis Gallery, located on Congress St., adjacent to Ellis Square and the City Market. This gallery is certainly worthy of a visit by newcomers and locals alike. Ray Ellis, a contemporary artist, has brought the southern charm and natural beauty of the southeastern landscape to life in his watercolor paintings of Savannah and the surrounding lowcountry. Don’t miss visiting his gallery where you can view and purchase many of these famous painting.
Only a few blocks away, you will find The Telfair Museums, a testimony to Savannah’s appreciation for art, both old and new. Anchoring the Telfair’s trio of museums is The Telfair Academy, housing nineteenth and twentieth century American and European art, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts. Highlights include fine examples of American Impressionism and Ashcan School Realism, with major paintings by Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, Gari Melchers, Robert Henri, George Bellows, and George Luks. The Owens-Thomas House and The Jepson Center complete the Telfair Museum trio. The Owens-Thomas House is a historic house museum that is considered by architectural historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency architecture in America. At the contemporary Jepson Center, you will find examples of today’s art in a stunning 7500 square foot space, that includes not only galleries, but also a 3500 square foot interactive gallery for children and families, known as an ArtZeum. The Jepson Center is home to the Telfair’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection, a cornerstone of the museum’s contemporary holdings. Assembled in honor of the late Savannah native, scholar, and MoMA curator Kirk Varnedoe, the collection features works on paper by some of the most pivotal artists of the past fifty years, including Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Richard Avedon. The museum’s diverse contemporary collection also features important works by William Christenberry, Helen Levitt, Sam Gilliam, James Brooks, and many notable Georgia artists. There are numerous exhibitions currently on display at The Telfair, such as Sitting in Savannah: Telfair Chairs and Sofas. This exhibition highlights the museums significant collection of seated forms and is unique in its focus on one aspect of furniture, seating. Check out their website to peruse all of their current and varied art exhibitions. You’ll be glad you did. They are a testimony to the City of Savannah’s ongoing love and appreciation for the arts.
Savannah is certainly a small city with big art appeal and has always been a place where artists and purveyors of art alike feel at home. As you plan your next visit to Savannah, make sure to choose one of their luxurious Bed and Breakfasts. The President’s Quarters Inn, located in the heart of the historic district, is the perfect choice and was voted the best B&B by Savannah magazine in 2012. A stay here will pamper you and make you fall in love with Savannah. Contact us today for availability.