One of the best ways to take a piece of our mesmerizing coastal destination with you after a vacation is to find the perfect piece of local artwork to hang in your home. When you visit our area, browse the exceptional art galleries in Charleston, and you’ll discover a vibrant and forward-thinking local scene. Charleston art features a wide variety of styles and works by regionally and nationally acclaimed artists. There is something to suit every taste!
Browsing awe-inspiring art galleries in Charleston is just one remarkable experience to enjoy on a vacation to the Lowcountry. Request a copy of our complimentary Kiawah or Seabrook Island Vacation Guide to learn more about other great things to do in our area.
10 Amazing Art Galleries in Charleston
When you spend an afternoon perusing the galleries downtown, we know you’ll fall in love with a piece of fine art that beautifully depicts our area. The Charleston Gallery Association alone represents over 40 exquisite galleries, and many of them are featured below. So, narrowing our list down to 10 was a significant undertaking. In addition to these great destinations, you’ll find a variety of other excellent organizations, museums, and galleries that feature talented artists in Charleston, SC. Nonetheless, here are a few places to consider visiting when you’re looking for a unique piece to hang in your home.
1. Ann Long Fine Art
Ann Long Fine Art offers museum-quality still life, portraiture, landscape, and figures. The gallery displays work by living artists who are contemporary realists with extensive classical and academic training.
2. The City Gallery at Waterfront Park
Operated by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, The City Gallery at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Waterfront Park displays the finest contemporary work from local, regional, national and international artists in a dynamic venue.
3. Corrigan Gallery
For artwork that exhibits “the charm of old Charleston with a contemporary edge,” head to the Corrigan Gallery. You’ll find pieces by artists who challenge the traditional approach to Southern landscapes of marshes and palmetto trees. They produce regional work that is truly unique.
4. George Gallery
The George Gallery in Charleston features modern and unique American pieces with a focus on abstract painting and work with a strong textural presence. In addition to sales, the George Gallery offers consulting and professional installation services.
5. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts was named the Best Art Gallery by the Charleston City Paper in 2014, 2015, and 2016. It is an excellent place to go for a diverse range of ever-changing exhibits. You’ll also find an artists-in-residence program and 3,200 square feet of museum-quality exhibition space.
6. Mary Martin Gallery
The Mary Martin Gallery in Charleston, SC, was named one of the top 25 art galleries in the nation by the American Art Awards. The same organization also named it the 2016 Best Gallery in South Carolina. Here, you’ll find a diverse range of work including bronze and stone sculptures, oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, and other media. In addition to the downtown Charleston, SC, and Naples, FL, gallery locations, Mary Martin also curates monthly shows at Freshfields Village near Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.
7. Principle Gallery
With a focus on Contemporary and Classical Realism, Principle Gallery has delighted Charleston art enthusiasts since 1994. The gallery represents established American and international artists in an airy and light-filled space.
8. Redux Contemporary Art Center
Our next must-see art gallery is a popular place for fine art as well as local, live music. The Redux Contemporary Art Center is a non-profit organization that offers fantastic gallery space, artist workshops, diverse exhibitions and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences.
9. Robert Lange Studios
Voted the Best Art Gallery four years in a row by the City Paper, Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC, is a local favorite among popular art galleries in Charleston. Lange is a contemporary, hyper-realism painter who works out of his unique downtown gallery.
10. Atrium Art Gallery
Atrium Art Gallery is often considered “Charleston’s Most Exciting Art Space.” It boasts a wide variety of work by local, national, and worldwide artists in a range of mediums including contemporary, abstract, realism, landscape, Lowcountry artwork, and black & white photography.
Explore Several Galleries During the Artwalk in Downtown Charleston
The Charleston Gallery Association Artwalk is a phenomenal way to explore dozens of galleries downtown in one evening. On the first Friday of March, May, October, and December, over 40 different galleries in historic downtown Charleston open their doors from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to visitors. Browse stunning local work while you enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Upcoming event dates include:
- May 5, 2017
- October 6, 2017
- December 1, 2017
Get Inspired by the Lowcountry Landscape with a Kiawah or Seabrook Island Vacation
After vacationing on Kiawah or Seabrook Island, the breathtaking landscape may just inspire you to follow creative pursuits of your own! After all, the islands offer some of the most scenic marshes, maritime forests, and glittering beaches in the Lowcountry.
These secluded and private island communities also feature high-end vacation rental homes that are truly works of art. Homes like 306 Ocean Oaks on Kiawah Island or 3738 Amberjack Court on Seabrook Island feature impeccably designed living areas, modern kitchens, and awe-inspiring views you will love. Learn more about these homes, as well as our other vacation rentals online today. Then, book your next seaside escape with us!
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