• Winter - Spring 2019


  • Current Exhibits

    Folk Art in the 21st Century

    May 31st - October 15th

    Folk art in the twenty-first century continues to stay on message: art must be comprehensible and must convey meaning to the viewing public.


    The new century has introduced a second generation of folk artists who have lost their sense of isolation so prevalent among the now famous, former generation.


    These new young artists, immersed in an electronically connected world, are rendering more complex messages about everyday life,, religious beliefs and the increasing anxieties afflicting modern man.


    See for yourself!


    Second floor gallery

    Contemporary African-American Art from the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation Permanent Collection

    February 5th thru April 30th

    Artsits: William Tolliver, Luther Vann and more. These legendary African-American expressionist artists have gifted the foundation with exceptional works that will leave you in awe. In honor of Black History Month The Beach Institute is opening our treasure trove to the world. Come and see some of the most profound contemporary art in our permanent collections.
    2nd Floor Classroom Gallery

    The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center | American Abolitionists & Anti-Slavery Activists

    Slaves In The City - An Exhibition of Photographs & Lithographs

    February 5th-April 30th

    Co-curated by military historian Eric Saul, Dr. Amy Fiske, Ph.D, and Pat Gunn this exhibit debuted in Savannah on Jubilee Freedom Day at Sulfur Studios.
    A sprawling exhibit with photographs of enslaved people, historic documents, slave ships and renderings from the antebellum and civil war eras.
    Main Gallery

    Permanent Collection Exhibitions

    Ulysses Davis Masterwork Collection | 40 Busts of the American Presidents through George HW Bush

    The Treasure of Ulysses Davis

    American Folk Artist | Wood Carving

    Davis began sculpting as a boy—whittling was his word for it. Davis always referred to himself as a whittler, never as a sculptor or artist. “I am not an artist,” he would say, “because I can’t draw.” A modest statement from a modest man who qualifies as a whittler, as an artist, and as a sculptor. Seeing his work is the best evidence. The Davis Collection, is housed in the John B. and Mozelle D. Clemmons Galleries at the Beach Institute African American Cultural Center. The collection, consisting of 238 sculptures, is the work of a man who was a genius with wood sculpture and design. Self-taught, he learned to master the tools of his trade. His background as a railroad blacksmith's assistant enabled him to make many of the tools he later used in woodcarving. A modest man, he had called himself simply a whittler, one who carves sticks and wood. But he was a brilliant sculptor, an artist of the first degree.

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