#GertrudeHerbert75 Instachallenge!

November 1, 2012 – January 4, 2013

The Gertrude Herbert is calling on you to participate in their Instachallenge, #GertrudeHerbert75!  Capture images of the Gertrude Herbert (its buildings, classes, or exhibitions) for potential inclusion in the Institute’s juried Instagram exhibition.   Filter the image how you so desire and upload it to Instagram between now and December 31, 2012.  Show your love for the Gertrude Herbert on Instagram using the #GertrudeHerbert75 hashtag, add a short description of the image if you so desire, and geotag the location to Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. 

GHIA 75 Evening Celebration

Friday, January 11, 2013, 6–9 p.m.

GHIA IS 75!  Take a visual trip through the Institute’s history, from its founding in 1937 to present day. #GertrudeHerbert75, a juried Instagram competition will provide a participatory and modern look at the Institute today.

$75 per couple or $37.50 for individuals; includes complimentary cocktails and hors d’œuvres.

GHIA 75 Family Day

Sunday, January 13, 2013, 2–5 p.m.

Art lovers of all ages are invited to explore the history of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art with an open house event at historic Ware’s Folly! Discover the features of our exquisite historic building and immerse yourself in the art and architecture around you. Hands-on activities and special treats for the whole family await you.

$7.50 donation per family


January 18 – March 1, 2013

The sculptures and drawings of Ed Smith remind the public of how to retain our humanity in a world were oftentimes the wrong individuals are idealized, and to remind ourselves of the Gods and Heroes ancient Greece once cherished. A prolific artist, Smith’s work has been reviewed by the New York Times, he has served as a visiting artist, artist-in-residence and lecturer at countless universities and is currently a Professor of Art at Marist College and Director of Marist-Lorenczo de Medici Venice Biennale Program and Guggenheim Fellow in Sculpture and Drawing. This solo exhibition will feature drawings and smaller bronze sculptures.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, January 18, 2013, 6:00–8:00 pm
Free for members; $5 for nonmembers.

CREEL-HARISON GALLERY: Katie Harris: Blissful Fullness-Empty Freedom

January 18 – February 22, 2013

Opening the new year in our community art gallery is Appling artist Katie Harris. A recent graduate of Augusta State University, Harris will display both photographic work and sculpture. Her work was also recently seen at the Institute in A Sense of Place 2012.

Exhibition Opening Friday, January 18, 2013, 6:00–8:00 pm
Free for members; $5 for nonmembers.  

CREEL-HARISON GALLERY: Mahera Khaleque: Restoration

March 1 – May 17, 2013

As part of Women’s History Month, the Gertrude Herbert’s Creel-Harison Gallery will feature works of art by Mahera Khaleque, adjunct instructor of art at Augusta State University. Khaleque’s paintings are inspired by survivors of the acid attacks perpetrated against women in Asia and the Middle East.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:00–8:00 pm
Free for members; $5 for nonmembers.

FIRST AND THIRD FLOOR GALLERIES: 34th Annual Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition

March 1 – March 28, 2013

Held in conjunction with the National Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month, the Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition feature works of public, private and home-schooled students in grades K–12 from Aiken, Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, and Richmond Counties. The event seeks to promote the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs throughout the greater Augusta region. The exhibition gives students the opportunity to see and take pride in their work hung in a gallery setting, complete with an opening reception and awards ceremony.

Awards Presentation and Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 4:30–5:30 pm
Support for the Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition comes from the Markwalter Family Foundation.

MAIN GALLERY: 7th Annual Spring Artists Market and Festival

March 15 – 22, 2013

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art presents its seventh annual Spring Artists’ Market and Festival, offering a full week of activities for art lovers of all ages and interests. An exhibition and sale of works featuring GHIA’s talented member artists kicks off the festival with an opening wine and cheese reception on Friday, March 15. Works will remain on view and available for purchase through March 22. On Saturday, March 16, a free festival will be held, with children’s art activities, hands-on activities, and artist demonstrations, held at the Institute’s headquarters from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. All components of the festival are open to the public and free of charge.

Wine and Cheese Opening Reception: Friday, March 15, 2013, 6–8 pm
Spring Artists’ Market: March 15 – 22, 2013, 10 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Mon.–Fri.; 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Sat.
Spring Artists’ Festival: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Free Admission to all events.

To volunteer for the Festival or to participate as an exhibiting artist, please contact the Institute at 706-722-5495

MAIN GALLERY: Rebecca Clark

April 5 – May 17, 2013

The drawings of Rebecca Clark are glimpses into the natural world. Observing insects, animals, and plant life of her environs, she sees all as a microcosm of the universal interconnectedness of all living things, most drawn to life’s transient moments of grace and beauty. Her skilled and detailed work is clearly influenced by the art of the Northern Renaissance – in particular, Netherlandish devotional panel paintings. This solo exhibition will be curated by William Willis, Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, April 5, 2013, 6:00–8:00 pm
Free for members; $5 for nonmembers.


June 7 – July 26, 2013

Printmaker Chad Tolley works in a variety of print media including etching, relief, and mixed media. His work bridges the connections between people and nature, between the menaced and the menacing, but also between experiences and the ideas they provoke. His sophisticated color schemes, which emerge as much from elaborately patterned textures as from choice of inks, contributes to the sense of sharpened, slightly heightened vision given by the drawings, with their poised figures and odd perspectives. Currently on faculty at Augusta State University, Tolley received his BA from the University of Utah and MFA from the University of Oregon.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, June 7, 2013, 6:00–8:00 pm
Free for members; $5 for nonmembers.

MAIN GALLERY: A Sense of Place 2013: 33rd Annual National Juried Fine Art Competition

September 13 – October 18, 2013

This national juried fine art competition celebrates its thirty-third anniversary in 2013, continuing its tradition of recognizing the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by contemporary American artists. Don Kimes, former chair of the Department of Art of American University serves as juror for this national competition. Still on faculty at American University, Kimes has also served as Artistic Director in the Visual Arts at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State since 1986.

Opening Reception and Awards Presentation Friday, September 13, 6–8 p.m.
Free to the general public.

WARE’S FOLLY: Oysters on Telfair

November 7 – December 10, 2013

Relaxed, informal fun and a cool autumn evening will set the stage in the gardens of historic Ware’s Folly for the ninth annual Fall Affair, Oysters on Telfair. The evening features raw and steamed oyster bars, a delectable “down on the bayou” feast, soulful live music, and a full bar. A silent auction of “small works” by local artists will be held, in addition to a raffle. As the primary fundraiser for the Gertrude Herbert, Oysters on Telfair generates revenue that benefits the Institute’s operations and helps support the rich array of public programming each year throughout the region.

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
$65 per person. $50 for members of Contemporaries.

MAIN GALLERY: International Insights: A Richard Tichich Retrospective

January 17 - February 28, 2014

North Carolina photographer Richard Tichich has traveled to many countries, capturing images that introduces the viewer to an interesting facet of each.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, January 17, 6:00–8:00 pm
Free for members; $5 for nonmembers.

CREEL-HARISON GALLERY: Before, During, and After: Georgia Southern Alumni

January 17 - February 28, 2014

Roger Finch, Janine Reynolds, Travis Wiggins, Dorothy Fletcher Eckmann


FIRST AND THIRD FLOOR GALLERIES: 35th Annual Agnes Markwalter Youth Art Competition


MAIN GALLERY: 8th Annual Spring Artists Market and Festival