Beaufort has long been recognized as an arts community: we are home to prominent painters, photographers, writers, musicians, art galleries, performing arts centers and various art associations. In 2005, John Villani rated Beaufort as one of America’s top 100 art towns in his book The 100 Best Art Towns in America: A Guide to Galleries, Museums, Festivals, Lodging and Dining. In 2008, American Style Magazine rated Beaufort as the number 14 Small City Arts Destination. Southern Living Magazine listed Beaufort at number 12. Historic houses and gorgeous marsh river views have served as the subject for thousands of oil paintings. Being a college, military and retirement community, Beaufort is a melting pot of diversity when it comes to artistic influence. Art organizations include the Beaufort Art Association, the University of SC-Beaufort Performing Arts Center and ARTworks: Community Art Center, Theater, and Gallery.

Beaufort Art Galleries

No matter what style or genre of art appeals to you, these galleries display a plethora of fine local talent to enjoy at your leisure.


  • Red Piano Too
  • LyBensons Gallery and Studio
  • Bay St. Gallery
  • Beaufort Art Association Gallery
  • The Craftseller
  • Guild of Beaufort Galleries
  • ArtLofts
  • Charles Street Gallery
  • Indigo Gallery
  • The Gallery
  • I. Pinckney Simons Gallery, LLC
  • Rhett Gallery
  • University of South Carolina Beaufort

Art Organizations

Want to get involved in Beaufort’s arts community? Whether you like to act, perform, buy or sell art, attend events, or compete in art contests, these organizations have it all!

  • Beaufort Art Association Bay Street
  • USCB Performing Arts Center Carteret Street
  • ARTworks Community Art Center Beaufort Town Center Boundary St.


Meet some of our local painters and photographers and get to know their work. Beaufort’s historic houses and natural surroundings are all inspiring subjects. The Guild of Beaufort Galleries represents over 500 local artists in 11 premier galleries in downtown Beaufort.


Make note of the dates, and don’t miss joining in with the community to celebrate the arts. We feature art walks, theater, movies, and music.

  • Guild of Beaufort Galleries ArtWalks
  • Street Music on Paris Avenue
  • Movies in the Park
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Gullah Festival