Temporary Exhibits | Coastal Discovery Museum

Always Something New to Discover

In addition to our permanent history gallery, the Coastal Discovery Museum hosts between 6 and 8 temporary exhibitions throughout the year in the Discovery House Gallery. With a focus on art, history, and the environment, our exhibitions may introduce you to intriguing aspects of Hilton Head Island's people and events or explore broader themes of environmental stewardship and cultural heritage.

In conjunction with our exhibitions, there are often demonstrations, talks, and workshops scheduled during the year with our artists and curators. For our younger visitors, exhibitions may feature scavenger hunts or other activities. From formal lectures to participatory learning, there’s something for everyone!

Always Something New to Discover

In addition to our permanent history gallery, the Coastal Discovery Museum hosts between 6 and 8 temporary exhibitions throughout the year in the Discovery House Gallery. With a focus on art, history, and the environment, our exhibitions may introduce you to intriguing aspects of Hilton Head Island's people and events or explore broader themes of environmental stewardship and cultural heritage.

In conjunction with our exhibitions, there are often demonstrations, talks, and workshops scheduled during the year with our artists and curators. For our younger visitors, exhibitions may feature scavenger hunts or other activities. From formal lectures to participatory learning, there’s something for everyone!

Nikon Small World
Celebrating 47 Years of Images Captured by the Light Microscope

August 6 - October 6, 2022

A Stunning World Seen Through the Microscope: Combining microscopy and photography, a photomicrographer is able to capture a glimpse of a world unseen by the naked eye. A photomicrograph may be of great technical significance and, at the same time, a sheer beauty to contemplate. This remarkable intersection of science and art inspired Nikon Instruments to create the Small World Competition in 1974 – and 47 years later, it remains the premier photomicrography competition in the world. From Small World’s very first winner (James Dvorak, Oxalic Acid) to this year’s winning image (Jason Kirk, Trichome and Stomata on a Southern Live Oak Leaf), microscope techniques, equipment, optics, and software have changed dramatically. Improved techniques and tools contribute to solutions for complex biological and industrial mysteries, but there is much in the microscopic world that remains undiscovered.

Small World Competition: The Nikon Small World Competition is open to any photomicrographer who shares Nikon’s goal of furthering excellence in photomicrography. A maximum of three entries per person are submitted to Nikon and judged by an independent panel of experts who are recognized authorities in science, academia, photomicrography, and photography. The judges apply their expertise and select winners based on originality, informational content, technical proficiency, and visual impact. This year, nearly 1900 qualified entries were received, representing 88 countries and a myriad of subject materials and techniques. The 20 prize-winning images from the 2021 Nikon Small World Competition are featured in this exhibit.

Art Quilters of the Lowcountry:
Heart and Soul of the South

September 10 - October 23

Heart and Soul of the South features work by the Art Quilters of the Lowcountry, a group of five dedicated artists who use fiber and thread to create detailed portraits of the world around them. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to host the group’s latest exhibition, in which they explore themes related to the people and places of the Southeastern United States.

Reception: September 14 from 5 – 7pm
Artist Walks: Thursdays (9/22 – 10/13) from 1-3pm, call or visit website for schedule
Discovery Night with Ro Morrissey: Fiber Art Seascape Workshop from 5-7pm, reservations required

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Nikon Small World
Celebrating 47 Years of Images Captured by the Light Microscope

August 6 - October 6, 2022

A Stunning World Seen Through the Microscope: Combining microscopy and photography, a photomicrographer is able to capture a glimpse of a world unseen by the naked eye. A photomicrograph may be of great technical significance and, at the same time, a sheer beauty to contemplate. This remarkable intersection of science and art inspired Nikon Instruments to create the Small World Competition in 1974 – and 47 years later, it remains the premier photomicrography competition in the world. From Small World’s very first winner (James Dvorak, Oxalic Acid) to this year’s winning image (Jason Kirk, Trichome and Stomata on a Southern Live Oak Leaf), microscope techniques, equipment, optics, and software have changed dramatically. Improved techniques and tools contribute to solutions for complex biological and industrial mysteries, but there is much in the microscopic world that remains undiscovered.

Small World Competition: The Nikon Small World Competition is open to any photomicrographer who shares Nikon’s goal of furthering excellence in photomicrography. A maximum of three entries per person are submitted to Nikon and judged by an independent panel of experts who are recognized authorities in science, academia, photomicrography, and photography. The judges apply their expertise and select winners based on originality, informational content, technical proficiency, and visual impact. This year, nearly 1900 qualified entries were received, representing 88 countries and a myriad of subject materials and techniques. The 20 prize-winning images from the 2021 Nikon Small World Competition are featured in this exhibit.

Art Quilters of the Lowcountry:
Heart and Soul of the South

September 10 - October 23

Heart and Soul of the South features work by the Art Quilters of the Lowcountry, a group of five dedicated artists who use fiber and thread to create detailed portraits of the world around them. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to host the group’s latest exhibition, in which they explore themes related to the people and places of the Southeastern United States.

Reception: September 14 from 5 – 7pm
Artist Walks: Thursdays (9/22 – 10/13) from 1-3pm, call or visit website for schedule
Discovery Night with Ro Morrissey: Fiber Art Seascape Workshop from 5-7pm, reservations required

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PAST EXHIBITS
PAST EXHIBITS
Conservation in the Classroom

July 9 – September 5, 2022

The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to partner with area elementary schools for Conservation in the Classroom, an environmental education experience that inspires and challenges students to take action and educate others about protecting our natural habitats. Now in its third year, this standard-based program culminates in an exhibition at the museum from July 9 through September 5.

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Conservation in the Classroom

July 9 – September 5, 2022

The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to partner with area elementary schools for Conservation in the Classroom, an environmental education experience that inspires and challenges students to take action and educate others about protecting our natural habitats. Now in its third year, this standard-based program culminates in an exhibition at the museum from July 9 through September 5.

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Hitnes, The Image Hunter:
On the Trail of John James Audubon

April 23 – July 3, 2022

The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon features work by the Italian artist Hitnes. The exhibition is a culmination of The Image Hunter project, in which Hitnes retraced Audubon’s travels in the United States and created work during a residency at the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston in2017 and 2018. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to host the final stop on this national touring exhibition.

Hitnes’s exhibition documents his journey, elaborating on what it is that drives a person to dedicate multiple decades of their life to pursuing an obsession like Audubon did. The exhibition will feature a range of work informed by his own expedition and will include other objects and ephemera collected on his trek. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a feature-length documentary film on Hitnes’s trip, directed by filmmaker Giacomo Agnetti.

Reception and exhibition tour with the artist: April 28 from 4:30-7 pm
Mural Painting at Honey Horn: April 19-29 call for details
Birding at Pinckney Island: Every Wednesday at 7:30am, reservations required

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Hitnes, The Image Hunter:
On the Trail of John James Audubon

April 23 – July 3, 2022

The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon features work by the Italian artist Hitnes. The exhibition is a culmination of The Image Hunter project, in which Hitnes retraced Audubon’s travels in the United States and created work during a residency at the Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston in2017 and 2018. The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to host the final stop on this national touring exhibition.

Hitnes’s exhibition documents his journey, elaborating on what it is that drives a person to dedicate multiple decades of their life to pursuing an obsession like Audubon did. The exhibition will feature a range of work informed by his own expedition and will include other objects and ephemera collected on his trek. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a feature-length documentary film on Hitnes’s trip, directed by filmmaker Giacomo Agnetti.

Reception and exhibition tour with the artist: April 28 from 4:30-7 pm
Mural Painting at Honey Horn: April 19-29, call for details
Birding at Pinckney Island: Every Wednesday at 7:30am, reservations required

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1st ANNUAL
BEAUFORT COUNTY
HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL

March 11 – April 15, 2022

You will be amazed by the quality and creativity of our Beaufort County high school students. The Coastal Discovery Museum, in partnership with the USCB Center for the Arts, is hosting the first county-wide juried exhibition featuring the best artwork from area high school students. This year we received submissions from Battery Creek High, Beaufort High, Bluffton High, Bridges Prep, Hilton Head High, Hilton Head Prep, Island Academy and May River High.

Reception: March 16 from 5-7 pm (Awards at 6 pm)
Postcard competition winning image (right) by Chelsea Fleming, Hilton Head High School.

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1st ANNUAL
BEAUFORT COUNTY
HIGH SCHOOL REGIONAL

March 11 – April 15, 2022

You will be amazed by the quality and creativity of our Beaufort County high school students. The Coastal Discovery Museum, in partnership with the USCB Center for the Arts, is hosting the first county-wide juried exhibition featuring the best artwork from area high school students. This year we received submissions from Battery Creek High, Beaufort High, Bluffton High, Bridges Prep, Hilton Head High, Hilton Head Prep, Island Academy and May River High.

Reception: March 16 from 5-7 pm (Awards at 6 pm)
Postcard competition winning image (right) by Chelsea Fleming, Hilton Head High School.

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ART BEYOND TRADITION:
INTERPRETATIONS

January 14 – March 6, 2022

The Art Beyond Tradition Group returns to the Coastal Discovery Museum with its biennial exhibition of abstract art. With a focus on line, color, form, texture, shape, and value, the artists bring their unique vision to the many different faces of abstraction. Participating artists include Earline Allen, Joanna Chalson, Cindy Chiappetta, Margaret Crawford, John Crum, Jo Dye, Vickie Jourdan, Mark Larkin, Sharon Collings Licata, Donna Varner, Arla Crumlick Wible, and Irene K. Williamson.

Meet & Greet with the artists: January 20 from 3-5pm
Reception: February 3 from 5-7pm
Artist Walks: Every Thursday from 12-2pm

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ART BEYOND TRADITION:
INTERPRETATIONS

January 14 – March 6, 2022

The Art Beyond Tradition Group returns to the Coastal Discovery Museum with its biennial exhibition of abstract art. With a focus on line, color, form, texture, shape, and value, the artists bring their unique vision to the many different faces of abstraction. Participating artists include Earline Allen, Joanna Chalson, Cindy Chiappetta, Margaret Crawford, John Crum, Jo Dye, Vickie Jourdan, Mark Larkin, Sharon Collings Licata, Donna Varner, Arla Crumlick Wible, and Irene K. Williamson.

Meet & Greet with the artists: January 20 from 3-5pm
Reception: February 3 from 5-7pm
Artist Walks: Every Thursday from 12-2pm

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VOLUMES OF LIGHT:
THE AMAZING LANTERNS
OF CHANTELLE RYTTER

The Coastal Discovery Museum invites you to come see the art of Chantelle Rytter up close. The artist behind the hugely successful Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade, as well as Hilton Head’s own lantern parade, Rytter has been creating joy through her art in communities for 20 years. The museum is pleased to show the full spectrum of her work, including one-of-a kind lanterns, puppets, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, and other ephemera.

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VOLUMES OF LIGHT:
THE AMAZING LANTERNS OF CHANTELLE RYTTER

The Coastal Discovery Museum invites you to come see the art of Chantelle Rytter up close. The artist behind the hugely successful Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade, as well as Hilton Head’s own lantern parade, Rytter has been creating joy through her art in communities for 20 years. The museum is pleased to show the full spectrum of her work, including one-of-a kind lanterns, puppets, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, and other ephemera.

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OFF THE WALL

A three-dimensional artwork exhibit showcasing sculpture, pottery, and functional forms . . . but with a twist on talent. This is all about students, taught by professional artists Sheri Farbstein and Maxine Uttal, exhibiting their talent and creativity in clay that wasn’t apparent before attending classes. “It’s not just about learning clay creation, designs, forms and glazes”, said Joyce Schlosser, one of Sheri’s students, but also it’s the fun of seeing something from nothing take shape from week to week”.

Nancy MacKenzie, who joined Studio Max in 2010, said “This is where the magic happens”. Both teachers will have some of their work on display, but the day belongs to the students, exhibiting their achievements in clay for the first time. All items will be for sale.

Sheri Farbstein students: Marie Barbaro, Jan Bender, Maury Fradkin, Chris Hall, Angela Misthal, Joyce Schlosser, Martha Yerington.

Maxine Uttal students: Sally Lawson-Bailey, Lynda Hawley, Mary Kennedy, Nancy MacKenzie, Carrie Maglich, Rebecca Morris, Jackie Pierce.

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OFF THE WALL

A three-dimensional artwork exhibit showcasing sculpture, pottery, and functional forms . . . but with a twist on talent. This is all about students, taught by professional artists Sheri Farbstein and Maxine Uttal, exhibiting their talent and creativity in clay that wasn’t apparent before attending classes. “It’s not just about learning clay creation, designs, forms and glazes”, said Joyce Schlosser, one of Sheri’s students, but also it’s the fun of seeing something from nothing take shape from week to week”.

Nancy MacKenzie, who joined Studio Max in 2010, said “This is where the magic happens”. Both teachers will have some of their work on display, but the day belongs to the students, exhibiting their achievements in clay for the first time. All items will be for sale.

Sheri Farbstein students: Marie Barbaro, Jan Bender, Maury Fradkin, Chris Hall, Angela Misthal, Joyce Schlosser, Martha Yerington.

Maxine Uttal students: Sally Lawson-Bailey, Lynda Hawley, Mary Kennedy, Nancy MacKenzie, Carrie Maglich, Rebecca Morris, Jackie Pierce.

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CONSERVATION
IN THE CLASSROOM

Conservation in the Classroom is an environmental education experience that inspires and challenges students to take action and help educate others about conservation. This program launched during the 2019-20 school year. Curriculum includes four themes for teachers to choose from (shorebirds, sea turtles, dolphins, or horseshoe crabs).

Each theme includes an introduction activity led by the teacher in the classroom, an education program presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum at the school, and a hands-on classroom project for students. These projects helped students work together to spread the word about conservation. We hope you enjoy viewing the students’ projects and, most importantly, we hope they inspire you to take action, help protect the environment, and continue to spread the word.

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CONSERVATION
IN THE CLASSROOM

Conservation in the Classroom is an environmental education experience that inspires and challenges students to take action and help educate others about conservation. This program launched during the 2019-20 school year. Curriculum includes four themes for teachers to choose from (shorebirds, sea turtles, dolphins, or horseshoe crabs).

Each theme includes an introduction activity led by the teacher in the classroom, an education program presented by the Coastal Discovery Museum at the school, and a hands-on classroom project for students. These projects helped students work together to spread the word about conservation. We hope you enjoy viewing the students’ projects and, most importantly, we hope they inspire you to take action, help protect the environment, and continue to spread the word.

Learn More
RETURN TO NATURE:
GULLAH GEECHEE STORY

Return to Nature: Gullah Geechee Story is an exploration of the plight and resiliency of the descendants of West Africans and indigenous Americans who inhabit the Sea Islands of South Carolina. This exhibition features dynamic bodies of work that examine the evolution of Gullah Geechee art, while chronicling history in relation to nature.

Featured artists include Jonathan Green, Sam Doyle, Amiri Farris, Natalie Daise, Diane Britton Dunham, Arianne King Comer, James Denmark, and Hank D. Herring.

While the artists depict the lives of ordinary people, the layered textures and rich, vivid colors reflect a celebration of Creole culture, as well as the vitality and nobility of the subject. Both the art and objects featured in this exhibition introduce the viewer to a culture which is dominated by the honoring of ancestors, agriculture, Sea Island living, spirituality, and cultural memory.

Imagery by Amiri Farris

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RETURN TO NATURE
GULLAH GEECHEE STORY

Return to Nature: Gullah Geechee Story and History is an exploration of the plight of the indigenous Americans and descendants of West Africans who inhabit the Sea Islands of South Carolina. This exhibition features dynamic bodies of work that examine the evolution of Gullah Geechee art, while chronicling history in relation to nature.

Featured artists include Jonathan Green, Sam Doyle, Amiri Farris, Natalie Daise, Diane Britton Dunham, Arriane King -Comer, James Denmark, Hank D. Herring, and Victoria Smalls.

While the artists depict aspects of the lives of ordinary people, the layered textures, and rich, vivid colors emanate the celebration of Creole culture, the vitality of the subject, and nobility. Both the art and the objects featured in this exhibition introduce its viewer to a culture, which is dominated by the honoring of ancestors, agriculture, sea island living, spirituality, and cultural heritage memories.

Imagery by Amiri Farris

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CAMERA CLUB
EXHIBIT

The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to present a selection of images from the members of the Camera Club of Hilton Head Island. This year’s exhibition focuses on the seasons and changes in our environment over the course of the year. Explore eighty images of our Lowcountry scenes by local photographers.

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CAMERA CLUB EXHIBIT

The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to present a selection of images from the members of the Camera Club of Hilton Head Island. This year’s exhibition focuses on the seasons and changes in our environment over the course of the year. Explore eighty images of our Lowcountry scenes by local photographers.

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TREASURES
OF OUR COASTAL STATE

The National Association of Women Artists SC present their unique perspective of South Carolina from January 20 – February 28, 2021 at The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. This distinguished group of artists unveil our coastal state through their use of composition, texture and hue. Whether captured through the lens, created on canvas or sculpted, these works embrace the diversity and beauty of the vistas and seas in which we live. Artwork will be on exhibit and available for purchase. Additionally, selected artists will be at the Museum Thursdays between Noon – 2:00PM to discuss their work once the Exhibition opens.

TREASURES
OF OUR COASTAL STATE

The National Association of Women Artists SC present their unique perspective of South Carolina from January 20 – February 28, 2021 at The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. This distinguished group of artists unveil our coastal state through their use of composition, texture and hue. Whether captured through the lens, created on canvas or sculpted, these works embrace the diversity and beauty of the vistas and seas in which we live. Artwork will be on exhibit and available for purchase. Additionally, selected artists will be at the Museum Thursdays between Noon – 2:00PM to discuss their work once the Exhibition opens.

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