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Cultural Arts Gallery
Cultural Arts Gallery is managed by the city of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs. This facility exists as a venue for the promotion and education of the visual arts, via the display of contemporary art, design and fine crafts by local and regional artists. Cultural Arts Gallery serves and responds to the Savannah community with exhibitions and educational programming that strengthen awareness and stimulate dialogue through artistic expression.

Cultural Arts Gallery is a community exhibition space and is host to approximately nine shows per year. Exhibitions range from youth and solo shows to group and traveling exhibitions. Each exhibition includes an artist reception and an outreach program which enriches the learning experience for our visitors. Shows on display are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with occasional night and weekend hours based on programming. There is free off-street parking in the lot adjacent to the building.

The gallery is located at 9 West Henry Street (between Bull and Whitaker streets).

For more information about the Gallery, call (912) 651-6783 or email Arts Coordinator, Ashley Wyndham.

Portraits in Watercolors by Napoleon Wilkerson
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Gallery Exhibition: May 5 - 26, 2017 

Exhibition Reception

Friday, May 12, 2017

Napoleon Wilkerson creates realistic and expressive portraits of family members, friends, students, and models throughout the Savannah community. This exhibition is a compilation of works over the past three years.

Napoleon Wilkerson (b. 1967, Bronx, New York)
Napoleon Wilkerson is an artist and art teacher who moved from New York to Savannah, Georgia in 1972. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in illustration and a Masters of Art Degree in painting which he earned in June of 2016. Napoleon received his certification to teach art in the Savannah public schools from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Napoleon began his artistic life in Savannah at the young age of seven, when his mother enrolled him in classes at the Savannah Art Association. The promise he showed as a young child has developed remarkably.

He has been honored many times at the Gullah Festival in Beaufort, SC where he has four times won the Best in Show Award. Napoleon also won the Georgia Resident Award from the Georgia Watercolor Society. He has exhibited his work at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Savannah, GA, the Harriet Tubman African American museum in Macon, GA, the African American Atelier in Greensboro, NC, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA, the Telfair Art Fair, and the Beach Institute Museum in Savannah, GA. Napoleon Wilkerson has taught art in the Savannah Public Schools since 1994, and currently teaches at the Savannah Arts Academy.

Napoleon has illustrated two children’s books and three covers for African American Images Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois. He was featured in the summer issue of Watercolor, 1997, and the spring issue of American Visions Magazine, 1993. Napoleon’s future goal is to open up a studio / gallery and conduct art lessons to the community.

Expressive Watercolors Workshop with Napoleon Wilkerson
Ages 12+, Cultural Arts Studio, 9 W. Henry St.
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10am - 1pm
$35/$30 City Residents / Preregistration Required
Register here!

2017 Gallery Exhibitions
June 2 - July 28
Puppet People

August 4 - 25
Paul Lewis

September 1 - 29
Rob Hessler

October 5 - November 3
Lisa Rosenmeier

November 10 - December 29
Clair Buckner and Eric Clark