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 six 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.

Sementha Mathews

Executive Director

Bill Shenton

Artistic Administrator

Roy Fricks

Office Administrator

Becca Gallagher

PR & Marketing Administrator

Debi Davis

Art Education Administrator

Jessica Ganas

Office Manager

Maria Davis

Administrative Associate

Rasheem Callender

Administrative Associate

2019-2020 Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission Board of Directors

Jeani Synyard – President
Bruce Smith – Vice President
Wm. Al Turner, Esq. – Treasurer
Tina Folsom, Esq. – Secretary
Susan Allison
Beverley R. Blake
Stephanie Blevins
Jane Burgsteiner
Stefani Carroll
Jennifer Carter
Cheryl Copeland
Michele Corbitt
Annette Crosby
Gail Hobgood
Dr. Steve Lahr
Allen Lehmann
Nancy McGee
Cheryl Oliver
Michelle Patten
Carla Penny
Jennifer Powell
Sally Turner Querin
Frank Richards
Roni King Strickland
Bruce Sumner
Jennifer Thornton
Mala Vallotton
Archie Waldron
Steven S. Walker
Nancy Warren

2017-18  Center for the Arts Guild Members

Rosemary Brannen
Laurie Broome
Jane Burgsteiner
Jennifer Carter
Susan Crago
Marilyn Dye
Linda Grondahl
Leah Harrison
Sallie Honeycutt
Sherrill Lahr
Margaret Mittiga
Brooke Moreno
Anna Moritz
Patsi Peacock
Vicki Ray
Careen Shapiro, Past President
Cathie Smith
Sarah Soshnik
Suzanne Taylor
Helen Tucker, President
Julie Van Ham

Board Members Emeritus

Lena Bosch

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!

Download the membership form here –> Membership Form 2018

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.