During the year, the Coastal Discovery Museum hosts between 6 and 8 temporary exhibits in the Discovery House’s 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.

Click here to learn more about exhibiting at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Applications are accepted from individuals, groups, associations, not-for-profit organizations, galleries, or museums.

Art Beyond Tradition – “Above and Beyond”

March 1st – April 30th

Art Beyond Tradition Group, whose first exhibit was in 2006, continues its biennial commitment to exhibit fine local abstract work in an ongoing effort to showcase varying examples of the many different faces of abstraction.

Founders Irene Williamson and Jo Dye sought to shed light on this often-intimidating art form. It was hoped that by presenting an all-abstract show, one might come to appreciate and understand the beauty of art’s formal elements: line, color and form. With each artist using these elements in their own unique way, the results are as varying as the artists themselves.

This year artists include: Earline Allen, Joanna Chalson, Cindy Chiappetta, Margaret Crawford, John Crum, Jo Dye, Vickie Jourdan, Mark Larkin, Sharon Collings Licata, Mary Sullivan, Donna Varner, Arla Wible and Irene Williamson.

They each invite you step into their magic world and let their work sweep you up into their imagination.

Off The Wall

May 6 – July 7 (Opening Reception – 5-7 PM – May 7)

Artists (local) merge two and three dimensional artwork at the CDM gallery to create “Off The Wall”, a unique feast of color, texture and form, creating an immersive experience to inspire visitors.