One artist for each year of the past century - that’s how the Savannah Art Association will recognize its 100th Anniversary this month.
Beginning Sept. 15, the oldest art association in Georgia will launch an online auction over 100 days, with a different featured artist for each year the group has been in existence.
It’s a way to highlight the association’s legacy of supporting local Savannah artists, while raising money for a good cause, members say.
"During this time when artists are not as able to exhibit and sell in public, we are hoping their art will reach out beyond the pandemic restrictions to the many art lovers and collectors who themselves have been held back from feeding their passions," shared Carol Anderson, president of the SAA.
Funds from the online auction will help support local artists and a range of member services for the Savannah Art Association, which provides educational workshops, exhibition opportunities and support for its members.
This was supposed to be a big year for the association, with many planned celebrations for the group’s centennial.
But like much of daily life, the COVID-19 pandemic altered those plans for the foreseeable future.
With the auction’s online format, organizers hope the digital event will expand the reach and awareness of local art safely, and shine a spotlight on the creative talent Savannah has to offer.
"The reach of this auction could very well be nationwide," Anderson added.
To participate, artists can submit up to three works, in any medium, which will be featured for the duration of the online auction.
All artwork being auctioned off will be individually framed, and the cost of packaging and shipping will be included in the auction price, the group shared.
It’s all part of a century-long legacy of giving local artists exposure and recognition by the Savannah Art Association.
Founded in 1920, the Savannah Art Association is the oldest continuously operating art association in the state, featuring member-artists’ works over the years throughout the city in galleries, businesses, the airport and more. Their ranks have grown through the years to include more than 130 local artists.
The Savannah Art Association’s own gallery is located at 232 Bull Street on Chippewa Square.
One hundred years later, the association’s mission remains focused on sharing works from talented artists right here in the Hostess City.
"We are a collection of independent artists; the function of the organization is to provide them with opportunities to display their work, expose them to advanced art strategies, and involve them with the community in art-related events," Anderson shared.