Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is located in Augusta, Georgia, in the home of former Augusta Mayor and United States Senator Nicholas Ware. Olivia Herbert founded the Institute in 1937. The original name for the Institute was the Augusta Art Club; it was later renamed in memorial to Olivia Herbert's daughter, Gertrude Herbert Dunn. The two primary missions of the Institute are art education and visual arts exhibition.

Gertrude Herbert Art Institute
Gertrude Herbert Art Institute, view from NW.JPG
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is located in the United States
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
Location506 Telfair St., Augusta, Georgia
Coordinates33°28′11″N 81°57′40″W / 33.46972°N 81.96111°W / 33.46972; -81.96111Coordinates: 33°28′11″N 81°57′40″W / 33.46972°N 81.96111°W / 33.46972; -81.96111
Architectural styleFederal
NRHP reference No.73000641 [1]
Added to NRHPMarch 20, 1973

Education activityEdit

Facilitating the art education mission of the Institute is a certification by the Georgia Council of Arts as a Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) provider current as of 2007.[2] Among other certified providers is Emory University.

Ware's Folly: The building housing the InstituteEdit

Foot of Stairs, Ware-Sibley-Clark House, 506 Telfair Street, Augusta, Richmond County, GA

Construction of the home in which the Institute is housed was completed in 1818. The building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] Built in the Federal style the house is notable for its three-story elliptical staircase.[4] The building bears the nickname Ware's Folly, which derives from the high cost of the construction, $40,000 in 1818 or c. $12 million in 2007, and the extravagant interior detailing.[5]


  • Fay, Robin (21 October 2005). "Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art". In Editorial Advisors (ed.). New Georgia Encyclopedia (On-line ed.). Georgia Humanities Council (primary). Retrieved 2007-07-31.
  • "Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art". Artcom Museums Tour. Retrieved 2007-08-01.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Teacher Professional Learning (TPL) Grant" (PDF). Georgia Council for the Arts (Georgia State government). 30 August 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  3. ^ "GEORGIA - Richmond County" (Index Listing). National Register of Historic Places. United States Federal Government. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  4. ^ "Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art". National Park Service. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ Wanda Ware DeGidio (25 April 2008). "Ware Family History". Retrieved 2007-08-01.

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