Location:  506 Telfair Street  Augusta, Georgia 30901   706.722.5495, [email protected] -Heather Williams, Executive Director

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is now open to the public with classes and regular scheduling resumed. Masks are optional if you are vaccinated and there are several hand sanitizing stations throughout the building. We do reserve the right to require masks for events that are crowded and where social distancing can't be followed.


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.


Heather Williams, Executive Director 

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

506 Telfair Street 

Augusta, Georgia 30901-2310 

PHONE: 706.722.5495

EMAIL: [email protected]

Normal Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Holidays

Admission is FREE.