The artistically minded have always felt at home in Savannah, GA. It’s quite clear that we have always had an appreciation for the arts! The Savannah College of Art and Design, also known as SCAD, anchors the city’s artistic community. Plus, our city is home to countless galleries and events that promote our Savannah, GA, arts and culture.
4 Ways to Experience Savannah, GA, Arts and Culture
Attend an Event
Savannah has countless events you can attend, and many of them showcase our arts! Head to an event like the Savannah Music Festival or the Savannah Film Festival. If you appreciate the art of music, stay at Presidents’ Quarters Inn during the Savannah Music Festival. This event draws thousands of visitors each year, and more than 500 artists perform in venues across the city. Film buffs love the Savannah Film Festival; more than 50,000 people come to the city to see everything from independent film screenings and workshops to panels, lectures, and exclusive receptions.
Visit a Gallery
Of course, one of the best ways to see art is by visiting a gallery full of it. Go to a spot like the Ray Ellis Gallery to look at and potentially purchase some art. The late Ray Ellis was one of the most renowned artists of our time; he was commissioned by the President of the United States multiple times and his paintings have been sought out by museums.
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.
Explore the Telfair Academy
Just a few moments from Presidents’ Quarters Inn, the Telfair Museums are a testimony to Savannah’s appreciation for art, both old and new. Anchoring the Telfair’s trio of museums is The Telfair Academy; it houses 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 7,500-square-foot space.
Book Your Savannah Getaway Today
Make Presidents’ Quarters Inn your home base during your Savannah adventures. Immerse yourself in our Savannah, GA, arts and culture while you stay in one of the city’s historic buildings. Our inn was built in 1885 and is in the heart of the Historic District, so you’ll be close to everything you need during your stay. Browse our accommodations to start planning your getaway!