The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is a premier regional arts center located in downtown Valdosta, Georgia, offering a wide variety of art experiences to citizens of Valdosta, Lowndes and surrounding Georgia and North Florida counties. The seven light-filled galleries offer a diverse selection of works by regional and national artists in approximately 30 exhibits annually. Two of the galleries house permanent collections, including a 600-piece East African art collection and over 30 pieces of antique European Fine Porcelain. With its state-of-the-art kitchen, the Center is available for private rental for events such as wedding receptions and business gatherings. The Center also features a gift shop with one-of-a-kind items created by local artists, including  pottery, jewelry, prints, original works of art, note cards, books, stained glass, wood carvings and much more.


The earliest organized support for the arts in Valdosta began in 1903 with the City Opera House, the previous occupant of the former Lee Street Baptist Church. In the 1920s, a group known as “The Videttes” met at City Hall, then located at Hill Ave. and Ashley St. The group grew in size and influence through the years, becoming known as “Arts, Inc.” and meeting in various churches, schools and homes with the goal of promoting the arts in the region.

The Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission was chartered in 1962 as an outgrowth of Arts, Inc. It was reorganized in 1978 as a private non-profit corporation. Following a successful campaign in 1993, LVAC purchased and renovated the former First State Bank and Trust building. Former Georgia Senator Loyce Turner gave a significant gift to the center to be named in memory of his late wife, Annette Howell Turner. The new center was completed in April 2003 and houses six galleries in 17,000 square feet of space. In addition, the center houses two classrooms, a meeting room, a gift shop showcasing local and regional artists’ works and a state-of-the-art kitchen for culinary classes. The center has also become an integral gathering place for social, business and nonprofit functions.



527 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601

Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, CLOSED

Sementha Mathews

Executive Director

Roy Fricks

Office Administrator

Bill Shenton

Artistic Administrator/Curator

Rebecca Gallagher

Marketing & PR Administrator

Raven Thissel

Art Education Administrator

Elaina Walker

Events & Member Relations Administrator

Tripp Fleming
Taylor Gray
Anna-Marie Williams

Administrative Assistants

2021-2022 Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission Board of Directors

Bruce Smith – President
Tina Folsom, Esq. – Vice President
Wm. Al Turner, Esq. – Treasurer
Stefani Carroll – Secretary
Jennifer Alvarez
Beverley R. Blake
Stephanie Blevins
Jane Burgsteiner
Jennifer Carter
Cheryl Copeland
Michele Corbitt
Katharine Courson
Bob Goddard
Courtney Gooding
Damian Grey
Tangela Kimber
Merry Jo Kurrie
Evelyn Langdale
Nancy McGee
Cheryl Oliver
Michelle Patten
Carla Penny
Lisa Posas
Jennifer Powell
Sally Turner Querin
David Rose
Adam Setser
Roni King Strickland
Jeani Synyard
Nancy DeRuyter Warren

2021-2022  Center for the Arts Guild Board

Jane Burgsteiner – President
Rosemary Brannen – Rec. Secretary
Linda Grondahl – Corr. Secretary
Margaret Mittiga – Treasurer
Julie Van Ham – Art Ambassadors
Janice Baker
Rena Barclay
Jennifer Carter
Peggy Sikes Chitty
Susan Crago
Mary Ann Drumheller
Jeneane Grimsley
Cathy Johnson
Sherrill Lahr
Missy Sherwood
Cathie Smith – Hospitality
Diane Stewart
McCree Woodall


Become a member of the Center for the Arts Guild

The Center for the Arts Guild supports the Art Center in many ways including: Art Ambassador, Hospitality, Education/Outreach, Fundraising/Events, and Membership/Publicity. Interested in getting involved in another way? Let us know!

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability or sexual orientation. It is the policy of the Center to comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, the Center is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Accordingly, the Center will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any supervisor, co-worker, vendor, client or customer of the Center.