While most still see New York City or Los Angeles as the meccas of American art appreciation, a new study found that there is as much love for creativity and expression in the Lowcountry as there are on the East or West coast.

Apartmentguide cracked the data on what 10 cities in the U.S. were the best for art lovers with Savannah making the cut at number seven. Charleston led the list followed by Miami, Fla.; Berkeley, Calif.;  Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and New Orleans, La.

The website found that Savannah has one art-related business for every 2,525 person (in comparison to Charleston, which has one for every 1,775 person), 23 museums and two art organizations. While it listed zero in the study, there are a number of local art material and supply stores that the study clearly missed out on.

 

According to the study, Savannah is the home to the oldest art museum in the South — the Telfair Museum of Art — which is the beacon for the appreciation of culture in the Hostess City. The museum has recently been celebrating the year with their annual PULSE Art + Technology festival and a stunning exhibition of 'Monet to Matisse' that ran from late last year to earlier this month.

Two other institutions the website mentioned were The Beach Institute, which has been featuring local work throughout this year's Black Heritage Festival, and the Savannah African Art Museum.

Also helping to foster an affinity for art is the SCAD Museum of Art, which is about to kick off their latest iteration of deFINEART and featured a lavish display of costumes from the television series "Outlander" as part of last year's SCAD Savannah Film Festival. The museum works as an extension of the Savannah College of Art and Design, but is available to be viewed by the public.

Read more about the study here and learn about the local art scene with our weekly SavArtScene column.