The Vendue lives, Breathes, and Celebrates Art in Charleston
The Vendue lives, breathes, and celebrates art in Charleston.
The Vendue is a curated online marketplace for art lovers of all stripes. It’s where you can find works by local artists and collectors from across the globe. You can also sign up to be a member, which will give you access to exclusive events and opportunities to meet some of your favorite artists in person.
If you’re new to The Vendue, we have a few recommendations:
Our homepage is a great place to start it features all of our most popular pieces right at the top. If you’re looking for something specific, try searching by category (like “paintings”) or artist name (“Bob Ross”). You can also use our upload tools to add your work!
We’ve got lots of cool events coming up this month! If you’re interested in attending one, just click on the event page and RSVP!
The Vendue’s roots go back to the early 1800s, and its mission has always been to support the arts.
The Vendue is an iconic, modern-day art gallery that’s located in Charleston, South Carolina. It was founded in 1804 and began as a marketplace where people could buy and sell goods. The main purpose of the building was to bring people together through commerce and celebration which are still part of its mission today.
Explore Over 100 World-class Galleries and Boutiques
Art in the Vendue is a destination for lovers of art, antiques, and design. Located on historic Charleston’s waterfront, this historic district offers over 100 world-class galleries and boutiques to discover Charleston’s art district.
With over 650 years of history, today’s Vendue stands at the intersection of old and new. Homes that were once home to slaves are now occupied by some of the most renowned artists in the country. The open-air stalls that once sold everything from fish to produce have been replaced by galleries showcasing contemporary works including photography and paintings.
See local Artists in Action
See local artists in action at the Gibbes Museum of Art, or let your imagination run wild at the Children’s Museum.
- The Gibbes Museum of Art
The Gibbes Museum of Art has been a cornerstone of Charleston’s cultural life since 1833. On display, you’ll find a wide variety of art ranging from ancient to contemporary times. If you are interested in seeing local artists in action, this is your best bet!
- The Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum is fun for all ages! With multiple interactive exhibits and plenty of opportunities for kids to play out their wildest imaginations, this museum makes it easy for children (and adults) to enjoy themselves while learning something new.
Our hotel is artfully designed, so you can live and breathe art while you’re here.
- The art in our lobby was curated by an artist from Charleston, but we also have a few pieces that were created by guests.
- We’ve got an impressive collection of local artists on our walls, including some of the most well-known names in Charleston’s art scene such as John Houser and David Buschle.
- Our rooms are designed with color palettes that reflect each season, so you can feel like you’re at home year-round (even when you’re away). But don’t worry you’ll still be surrounded by art!
- Every hallway has its theme, whether it’s a minimalist black and white space or one that pays homage to Charleston’s history. It’s just another way we make sure your stay here is as fun as possible!
Our hotels care about the arts and support them in many ways.
The Vendue Hotel is a vibrant and welcoming community, and art is the center of that. Our culinary team prepares dishes with a focus on local ingredients, our bar team makes cocktails with fresh herbs and produce from our garden, and our front desk staff goes above and beyond to ensure you have the best experience possible at our hotel.
Our hotel cares about the arts in Charleston it’s right there in its name! You will find no shortage of ways for you to engage with art during your stay:
- We have an art collection within our hotel that includes original works by artists like John James Audubon and Chuck Close as well as prints from blue-chip galleries around the world.
- Our Gallery Shop has a wide array of handmade items from local artists such as jewelry makers, potters, glassblowers, woodworkers, painters, and photographers you name it! There’s something for everyone here at The Vendue.
- We have an outdoor sculpture garden featuring work by notable contemporary sculptors Mark di Suvero and Jim Dine among others.
The Vendue provides a unique cultural and artistic experience that is emblematic of Charleston’s history, but adaptable for modern cultures. From the outset, Charleston was a city built on commerce. As the adage goes, necessity is the mother of invention and we find that true in every facet of daily life. Charlestonians return to this history, embracing it with open arms; where others see obstacles, they see opportunity. They see possibilities where others see entities bound by tradition. And that’s how art finds itself at home in an old furniture shop on Anson We could make a list of great things that are happening in Charleston this month, but we’d rather invite you to join us for the best reasons ourselves. We believe that art is for everyone, and we welcome you to see it for yourself. It’s simple. Buy a ticket, come to the festival and celebrate art with us. The design for The Vendue was created by Jeffrey Auslander, a local artist who graduated from the College of Charleston. He loved the music magazine format because it captured the feeling of Charleston. The first four volumes were printed on a Vandercook press at Trident Technical College. In 2008, The Vendue evolved into its online presence. So, the next time you’re driving and see that this building is being used as a set for one of your favorite movies and shows, don’t be afraid to pull over. You might just be surprised.