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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

Rebecca Gallagher

Marketing & PR Administrator

Laney Havard

Administrative Assistant

Hailey Rathmann

Art Education Administrator

Bill Shenton

Artistic Administrator/Curator

Elaina Walker

Events & Member Relations Administrator

Tripp Fleming

Administrative Assistant

Tisa Newbury

Administrative Assistant

Garrett Randolph

Administrative Assistant

2022-2023 Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission Board of Directors

Tina Folsom – President
Jane Burgsteiner – Vice President
Jennifer Powell – Treasurer
Katharine Courson – Secretary
Janice Baker
Beverley R. Blake
Stephanie Blevins
Jenne Brandon
Stefani Carroll
Chuck Coker
Vickie Everitte
Bob Goddard
Courtney Gooding
Tangela Kimber
Michelle Kirkpatrick
Merry Jo Kurrie
Evelyn Langdale
Cheryl Oliver
Michelle Patten
Carla Penny
Lisa Posas
Chuck Ramsey
Hank Rion
David A. Rose
Raymond Schruijer
Adam Setser
Roni King Strickland
Jeani Synyard
Wm. Al Turner
Mala Vallotton

2022-2023  Center for the Arts Guild Board

Janice Baker – President
Rosemary Brannen – Rec. Secretary
Jennifer Carter – Corr. Secretary
Margaret Mittiga – Treasurer
Linda Grondahl – Art Ambassadors
Jane Burgsteiner – Culinary
Cathie Smith – Hospitality
Peggy Sikes Chitty
Susan Crago
Bette Jean Daugharty
Pat Denmark
Mary Ann Drumheller
Jeneane Grimsley
Cathy Johnson
Sally Kurrie
Sherrill Lahr
Missy Sherwood
Diane Stewart
Julie Van Ham


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!