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!

Temporary ExhibitsTemporary Exhibits
Temporary Exhibits
OFF THE WALL

COMING: August 26 - October 17th

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.

Opening reception: August 26th - 5-7 PM

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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.

August 26 - October 17th
Opening reception: August 26th - 5-7 PM

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VOLUMES OF LIGHT:
THE AMAZING LANTERNS
OF CHANTELLE RYTTER

COMING: October 22, 2021 – January 9, 2022

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.

Reception: Thursday, October 21, 5:30-7:30pm

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VOLUMES OF LIGHT:
THE AMAZING LANTERNS OF CHANTELLE RYTTER

COMING: October 22, 2021 – January 9, 2022

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.

Reception: Thursday, October 21, 5:30-7:30pm

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PAST EXHIBITS
PAST EXHIBITS
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.

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.

May 3 - June 28th
Opening reception: May 13th from 5-7 PM

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.

May 3 - June 28th Opening reception:May 13th from 5-7 PM

Imagery by Amiri Farris

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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.

July 1 – Aug 22, 2021.

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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.

July 1 – Aug 22, 2021.

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