The St. Augustine Art Association Permanent Collection consists primarily of local subjects and is represented by well-known artists dating from the 1930s to the present. The works are displayed periodically in the Marguerita Phillips Wing, which was constructed in the 1990s thanks to the generosity of Faith and Joseph Tiberio. (A book of the entire Permanent Collection is available for viewing on site.)
THE ST. AUGUSTINE LOST ART COLONY
During the period of 1930-1950, in the midst of the Great Depression and outbreak of World War II, a dedicated group of professional and amateur artists who formed the St. Augustine Art Association (originally the St. Augustine Arts Club) helped transform the historic town of St. Augustine, Florida, into a thriving winter art colony that attracted hundreds of American artists, many from the northern art colonies of Rockport, Provincetown, Woodstock, Ogunquit and others.
The work of these early/mid-century “Lost Colony” artists has been recognized as an important contribution to American regional art. While the story of St. Augustine’s art colony is largely forgotten, this online gallery of selected works from the St. Augustine Art Association permanent collection offers an opportunity to connect with the artists and discover a remarkably unique and diverse aesthetic from years gone by.
This online gallery and research project was sponsored by a grant from the JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Appreciation of the Arts in St. Augustine Fund through the Community Foundation of Jacksonville. Special thanks to Robert Torchia, author of Lost Colony: The Artists of St. Augustine 1930-1950.
Selected Artists from Permanent Selection:
Celia Gregor Reid
Gladys V. Mitchell
Harold S. Maddocks
J. Courtenay Hunt
Louise W. Shanks