During the year, the Coastal Discovery Museum hosts between 6 and 8 temporary exhibits in the Hilton Head Regional Healthcare Temporary Exhibit Gallery. The exhibits vary in theme and subject matter related to Lowcountry history, natural history and art. Visiting the Coastal Discovery Museum’s exhibitions will introduce you to the many facets of Hilton Head Island.

Depending upon the exhibition, there are often demonstrations, talks and workshops offered during the year. Some artists will paint in the gallery or ‘plein air’ on site during their show while others will present workshops about how to take nature photographs. For our younger visitors, several of the exhibitions feature ‘scavenger hunts’ or other activities.

Many exhibitions have ‘artist coffees,’ demonstrations or classes offered during their installation. Here you can meet the many of the exhibiting artists at gallery walks and coffees. It is a great opportunity to get to know the artists, their methods and vision for their works.

Please contact the Museum or check the event calendar for more information.


Where Nature Meets Art

Featuring the artists of Spring Island

March 1st – April 30th – Opening Reception, March 4th- 4:30 – 6:30)

Demonstrations and discussions – Dates TBA


The preservation of the cultural and artistic history of Spring Island is as important as the preservation of its stunning environmental beauty. Both are woven into the fabric of Spring Island, and are foundational to its vibrant Art community.

This exhibition features works from Spring Island Member Artists in all mediums inspired by the natural beauty and cultural heritage of this Beaufort county island.

The American Gullah Collection

Original artwork by Sonja Griffin Evans

May 4th – June 28th (Opening Reception, May 4th – 5 – 7 PM)

American Gullah (229x300) (2)Original artwork by Sonja Griffin Evans depicting the history, culture, traditions, and spirituality of the unsung pioneers of the Gullah-Geechee people.

‘The American Gullah Collection’ depicts the unsung pioneers of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and of America. The story behind this culture’s creation is compelling. The Gullahs are descendants of West Africans who were forced to the colony through the trans-Atlantic slave trade. They were brought to South Carolina because of their knowledge about the process of cultivating rice. However, they also possessed other intellectual prowess. West African people brought their culture, art food and music, with many valuable assets that have influenced American culture.

The American Gullah Collection effectively communicates the Gullah culture and Lowcountry living with its viewers. Each piece lures viewers into the paintings and leaves them with a desire to learn more about this captivating Pan African American cultural treasure. Sonja Griffin Evans’ American Gullah Collection reflects compassion and redeeming love. It gives a visual example of one’s humanity. It immortalizes the divinity, an expression of the soul. It brings to life, through art, the Gullah story; while instilling in the viewer’s heart a yearning to visit the amazingly beautiful, historical and spiritual destinations which encompasses the Gullah culture.

Summer Images – Presented by Les Bonnes Artistes

July 1 – August 28 (Reception date TBA)

Art Beyond Tradition

September 2 – October 29 (Reception September 7th – 5 – 7 PM)

Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser

November – December, 2017