• 2022

    Exhibits

  • Current Exhibits

    The Quilting code

    Currently throughout 2022

    In Celebration of Black American History, The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation’s Beach Institute, presents a profound exhibit of Quilts linked to the Underground Railroad.

     

    Discover the Codes & Symbols that Enslaved People devised to navigate the challenges of Self-Emancipation during the Antebellum Era.

     

    Main Gallery of The Beach Institute

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

    WORLD-CLASS TOLLIVER EXHIBITION COMING IN THE AUTUMN OF 2022

    Famous Artist William Tolliver's works will be on display at the Beach Institute's Main Gallery. This legendary African-American expressionist artist have gifted the foundation with exceptional works that will leave you in awe.

    The Beach Institute is opening our treasure to the World. View some of the most profound contemporary art of our permanent collections.
    Main Gallery

    The Greatest story ever told

    Currently throughout 2022 -

    SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION OF RUDOLPH VALENTINO BOSTIC'S WORKS COMING SPRING 2022

    Explore the talents of Rudolph Valentino Bostic. This exhibit showcases the passionate, colorful, energetic and compelling artistry of this innovative native Savannahian. Bostic's paintings are located in the Penthouse Gallery of the Beach Institute.

    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

    SPECIAL VIEWING OF HIS RELIGIOUS WORKS OF ART COMING SPRING OF 2022

    Ulysses Davis began sculpting as a youngster—whittling was his word for it. Davis always referred to himself as a whittler, never as a sculptor nor 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 and sculptor. The Davis Collection, is housed at the Beach Institute's John B. & Mozelle D. Clemmons Galleries . The collection, consisting of more than 230 sculptures, is the work of a genius of the first degree with wood sculpture & design. Self-taught, he learned to master the tools of his trade. His background as a railroad blacksmith's assistant enabled him to make the tools he later used in woodcarving.

     

    The Davis Collection works are also displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.

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    The W.w. law art collection

    June 1, 2020 - January 30, 2021

    Westley Wallace “W. W.” Law (1923-2002) was a prominent Civil Rights leader, local historian, historic preservationist, and community leader in Savannah, Georgia. After a forty-year career as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service and twenty-six years as President of the Savannah Chapter of the NAACP, Law turned his focus and efforts to preserving Savannah’s African American community through its history, architectural and cultural landmarks, and art. He established the Savannah-Yamacraw Branch of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH), the King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, Beach Institute African American Cultural Center, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and the Negro Heritage Trail Tour.

     

    Through the King-Tisdell Cottage and the Beach Institute, W. W. Law featured the work of emerging African American artists, as well as works featuring local Savannah scenes. His personal collection of original artwork and prints (including those featured here) reflects these efforts, as well as the personal friendships that came about from them.

    31st Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival Exhibition

    The National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU) is a flourishing arts organization by name and service. It is the second-largest, and perhaps the most active African American arts organization in the United States. The overwhelming number of artists within the organization are either working at or have taught or studied in art departments and programs at historically black colleges and universities in America.

     

    Visit us at the Beach Institute to enjoy their exhibit, curated by Dr. Peggy Blood from Savannah State University in partnership with The Black Heritage Festival.

    fOLK ART IN THE 21ST CENTURY

    May 31 - March 15 2019/2020

    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!

     

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