Founded in 1937 and housed in the historic Nicholas Ware mansion (c. 1818), the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is Augusta's only independent nonprofit visual arts school and contemporary art gallery. The Institute serves as a showcase for regional, national, and international artists, offering rotating exhibitions of outstanding contemporary artwork year-round. In addition, professionally taught studio art classes in a wide variety of media are provided to students of all ages and experience levels.


To provide opportunities for visual arts education and to develop visual arts awareness and appreciation throughout the greater Augusta community.


The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art (GHIA) is a registered Georgia 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The GHIA’s exhibitions, programming, and operations are member supported and privately funded through contributions from individuals, endowments, corporations, and private foundations, and local, state, and federal grants, as well as from admissions, membership fees, and merchandise sales. Additional support is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its Partner Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding for the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is provided by the Greater Augusta Arts Council through appropriations from the City of Augusta.


Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art 506 Telfair Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901-2310

PHONE: 706.722.5495
EMAIL: ghia@ghia.org

Gallery Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday by appointment only
Closed Holidays

Admission is FREE.