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    God and Modern Man

    January 2018 - April 2018

    Modern man has embraced the cult of individualism, placing man above God, and establishing himself as the sole arbiter of truth, goodness, beauty, liberty, equality and justice. Displacing God and reason, he is unwittingly reaping a whirlwind of despair and isolation.


    Sponsored by the Sottile family of Savannah, Georgia.


    "The Parallel between Ulysses Davis and Richard Law - A Diversity of the Arts"

    February 11th - March 11th, 2018

    The Ulysses Davis Folk Art Collection is sponsored by the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation. The 29th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival is presented by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah.


    Formal Exhibition Opening Reception & Co-Lecture. "The Parallel between Ulysses Davis and Richard Law- A Diversity of the Arts".

    Exhibition of Ulysses Davis collection, and a Co-lecture about his life by Dr. Peggy Blood, international artist and professor of Fine Arts, and Richard Law, local artist and professional Barber. A second exhibition will feature paintings by Artist Richard Law.


    Presented by the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation.


    Free Admission. Schools, non-profit organization and general community are welcome to view the Exhibition.


    For Group Tours, Feb 11 - Mar 11, Call 912.335.8868


    Beach Institute African American Cultural Center

    502 E. Harris St. | Savannah, GA 31401



    W W Law and Music

    March 2017 - January 2018

    Westley Wallace "W.W." Law (1932-2002) was a prominent Civil Rights leader, local historian, and historic preservationist in Savannah, GA. He was also a lover of music, with a large collection spanning a wide variety of musical genres and technological formats. Law was always eager to share his collections and musical knowledge with those he encountered. Through this exhibit, the City continues Law's legacy of education and encourages others to discover music, as well as the math and science concepts behind it. Hightlights of the exhibit include content from W. W. Law's music, book, periodical, and photograph collections. The exhibit includes interactive activities and touches on select Georgia educational standards for K-12 students.

    This exhibit is made possible through a partnership of the City of Savannah and the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation.

    The Art of Richard Law

    August 2017 - August 2018

    The works reflect the experiences of the artists' life. "I paint what is around me and things I grew up with such as hard-working women and men, gospel bands, and musicians. As an artist, I have discovered that my life tells a story and there is a story behind every painting I put on canvas. The more I paint the more I began to gain a passion for landscapes and southern stylistic scenes which led me to create a collection that would take you deeply into the mind and thoughts of Richard Law.” Sponsored by the Art of Richard Law.

    Permanent Collection Exhibitions

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

    Preserving a Legacy: 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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Closed for the following Holidays: 
New Year’s Eve 
New Year’s Day (Day after New Year’s Day) 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
St. Patrick’s Day Observance
Good Friday and Easter
July 4th 
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving (Day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving)
Christmas (Day before Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Day after Christmas)

Closed to the Public when Private Events are held at either museum.

Closed when severe weather conditions occurs (T-Storms ,etc are indicate by the national weather systems as a severe warning).

Closed when events are held in the City of Savannah or City Limits that required streets closing (marathons, parades and so on). 
Mobility Access: All galleries at the Beach Institute are wheelchair accessible. 
Accessible Entrance and Parking: The wheelchair entrance is located in the garden entrance of the Beach Institute from Price Street Lane. There are accessible parking spaces immediately outside the wheelchair entrance located directly behind the museum on the Price Street Lane. An elevator provides access to the upstairs galleries.

Accessible Programs: The museums offer programs by appointment for audiences with special needs. Each year, the museums schedule visits for non-profit organizations serving senior and individuals with disabilities. For more information or to request a visit, please call 912.335.8868 or email kingtisdell@bellsouth.net 

Sketching: Sketching is permitted in the galleries (pencil only, no ink or paint) with sketchbooks no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm). No easels, stools, or sketching while sitting on the floor is permitted. If galleries are crowded, staff may ask visitors to stop sketching or writing.
Photography for Studio Projects or Class Assignments: All Visitors must obtain and signs a onetime image-usage permission form from museum staff.  And visitors must also provide museum staff with official documentation concerning the Studio Project or Class Assignment while visiting the museums. Still photography and video taken from a handheld device are permitted for personal, noncommercial use. The camera must be at least three (3) feet from the work of art. Flash photography, tripods, additional lights and extension cords are not allowed.
Additional Guidelines:
•	No Touching. Visitors must at all times remain at least two feet away from all artworks and must not touch any paintings, sculptures, books, foyer furniture, or displays.
•	No Photographs. Visitors are not permitted to take any photographs inside the Museums at any time for any reason. This includes cell phone cameras and video recording devices of any kind.
•	No Food or Beverage. No food or beverages are permitted inside the Museums.
•	No Smoking. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the Museums or immediately outside the entrance.
•	No Firearms. Firearms are not permitted in the Museums.
•	No Pets. Pets are not permitted in the Museum, except service dogs for the disabled.
•	No Cellular Phones. All cellular phones and other electric devices must be turned off or put on vibrate before touring the museums.
•	Strollers: Baby strollers are welcome.
•	Children. All children must be supervised at all times by their accompanying adults. (Due to the fragile nature of the collection and the intimate environment in the galleries, children under the age of 8 must be supervised at all time while inside of the museums, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by at least one adult for every four children).