Silver art pice in front of bright blue water and sky.

Art and nature collide at the Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island

Get out and explore the island’s creative side this holiday season at the biennial Public Art Exhibition presented by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry taking place through December 31st only on the grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.

For the third time in six years, this free exhibition features 19 larger-than-life artworks by artists from all around the country. The pieces are created in a variety of mediums from bronze to marble, aluminum to wood and represent a myriad of styles from literal to abstract. The exhibition is open to the public during Coastal Discovery Museum hours, be sure to call or visit their website to check their holiday hours prior to visiting. The 2015 Exhibition also has a Guide by Cell Phone Tour.  Information can be found in the tour map available at the Discovery House and on the sculpture informational signs.

A piece of abstract art being displayed outside.

Some may not know, but The Public Art Exhibition is part of a larger project undertaken and funded by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Public Art Fund established in 2006. The Fund’s main objective is to serve as a conservator, of sorts, to the Town of Hilton Head Island by offering residents and visitors exposure to public art, while building the Town’s permanent public art collection.

Abstract piece of orange art displayed in front of green trees and grass.

The primary function of the exhibition is for the Public Arts Fund to purchase a piece chosen by a select jury of artists, gallery owners and art enthusiasts which is then donated to the Town of Hilton Head Island to incorporate into the public art collection. This year’s purchase prize winner is “Setting Sun” by Tom Holmes from Greelay, Pa. The piece consists of bright orange radials that span symmetrically from a steel base and stands 19 ft. x 19 ft. x 16 ft.

People’s Choice Award winners:

First Prize: Nature’s Journey, by Robert Sadlemire of Myrtle Beach, SC

Man standing beside piece of metal abstract art.

Second Prize: Hanging, by Eileen Blyth and Mark Finely, Columbia, SC

Man and woman sitting on abstract art.

Third Prize: Lovearch, by Andrew Denton, Greenville, NC

Man standing beside two art pieces which are human beings made of metal.

If a particular piece appeals to you enough to want to add it to your own art collection know that almost all of the 19 pieces in the exhibition are for sale. After taking in the Public Art Exhibition, be sure to keep an eye out as you’re traveling the island for the existing pieces within the Island’s permanent public art collection.

Three men and one woman standing with cheques in their hands.

Through a partnership with the Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA) learning opportunities were made available at schools throughout the Island. Thanks to two of the exhibition’s artists, Jeff Boshart and David Teng-Olsen for taking the time to work with students on the island.

About Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

For over 20 years, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has been connecting people, resources and needs by helping build stronger communities and assisting donors in making a difference through charitable giving. With over 300 charitable funds, combined assets totaling $70 million and grantmaking and scholarships reaching $58 million, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is the largest source of unrestricted philanthropic resources dedicated to Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

For more information contact us at (843) 681-9100 or visit their website at

Silver art pice in front of bright blue water and sky.

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