Classic South / Augusta

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

506 Telfair St.
Augusta, GA 30901

  • Annual juried fine arts exhibition, A Sense of Place

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  • Historic Ware's Folly (c. 1818)

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  • Main Gallery

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  • Visual Arts Education opportunities offered for children and youth

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  • Ceramic Installation on Third Floor Gallery

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  • Ceramic Studio in the Walker-Mackenzie Educational Annex

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  • Quarterly Classes and Workshops offered

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  • Floating elliptical staircase - only two are known to exist

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  • Nearly 30 contemporary art exhibitions are presented annually

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  • Family-friendly free festivals and art activities

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Since 1937, the mission of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art has been to provide opportunities for visual arts education and to develop visual arts awareness and appreciation throughout the greater Augusta community. An exhibition calendar includes nearly 30 contemporary exhibitions each year.

The institute is housed in historic Ware's Folly (c. 1818) and the Walker-Mackenzie Studio (c. 1909). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ware's Folly was built by Nicholas Ware, former Augusta mayor and Georgia legislature representative, and state senator. The house quickly assumed the name Ware's Folly to signify the astonishing building cost of $40,000. The grand structure featured Adamesque style detailing on the interior and exterior, a floating spiral staircase, and intricately detailed fanlights, mouldings, fireplaces, and window and door surrounds.  The home is considered one of the finest Federal-style structures in the Southeast.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Tuesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Saturday by Appointment Free

    Tuesday - Friday Free

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Meeting Facilities

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages