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Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Presents Gibbes on the Street – May 7, 2015

March 12, 2015

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On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Meeting Street will be transformed into the glittering streets of Paris in the early 1900’s. Charleston’s top chefs will serve delicacies inspired by the French culinary tradition while guests enjoy live music, entertainment, and the opportunity to mingle under the stars. La Belle Époque is inspired by the “golden age” where the arts flourished and many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained recognition on a grand scale. Beaux Arts architecture, a theatrical and heavily ornamented classical style, originated in Paris during this time and the Gibbes Museum’s Beaux-Arts building, which is currently undergoing renovations, and will serve as the backdrop for this celebration under the stars.

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“This year’s event will highlight the connection between art created in the south and that of the European masters. The Gibbes beaux-arts building was created during this glorious time and after more than 100 years, the renovations will restore the museum to its original beauty. Gibbes on the Street provides us the opportunity to celebrate Charleston’s finest restaurants in the middle of the historic district, with the backdrop of a great institution in the making,” says Executive Director Angela Mack.

Each year Charleston Grill’s General Manager Mickey Bakst is instrumental in selecting and managing Charleston’s finest restaurants for the Street Party. “The Street Party is unconditionally the best party of the year! All restauranteurs love doing this event,” says Bakst.

Participating Restaurants include: Brasserie Gigi, Baguette Magic, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier, Circa 1886, Cypress, Edmund’s Oast, FIG, Goat.Sheep.Cow, The Grocery, Halls Chophouse, McCrady’s, Oak Steakhouse, The Obstinate Daughter, 167 Raw, Rue De Jean, Saveurs Du Monde, Slightly North of Broad, WildFlour Pastry, and Wild Olive. Guests will enjoy a full bar with featured libations from Cîroc and Bulleit.

Sponsors include: Gibbes on the Street corporate sponsors include Bank of America, U. S. Trust, Carriage Properties, SCE&G, Lynch Cracraft, Croghans Jewel box, PDA, Event Designs by Denise Barto, and Charleston Magazine.

Tickets are $150 for museum members and $175 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at (www.gibbesmuseum.org/streetparty) or by calling 843/722-2706 x21. Tickets must be purchased in advance and all ticket holders must be at least 21 years of age. The event will be held rain or shine.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art With a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

For further info visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is Accepting Online Entries for 2015 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award Through June 1, 2015

February 7, 2015

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The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is pleased to accept submissions for the annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. Established in 2007, this award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in South Carolina school districts who has demonstrated superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and is administered and presented annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art.

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“Since 2008, the Gibbes Museum of Art has been privileged to present the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. With the award now statewide, it is an even bigger honor for the finalists and winner. Quality teachers deserve recognition and the Gibbes is making every effort to do this for our state,” says Rebecca Sailor, Gibbes Museum Curator of Education.

Entries for the annual award and $2,500 cash prize can be made exclusively online at (www.marywhyteaward.org) through June 1, 2015 Artists who have applied previously for the Mary Whyte award must update their online entry form in order to remain eligible for the 2015 award. The award is being offered to educators throughout the state. The review panel will select the finalists in June, and the Gibbes Museum of Art will announce the winner at the South Carolina Art Educators Association annual meeting in the fall.

Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, SC, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections, as well as in the permanent collections of the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Her paintings have been featured in International Artist, Artist, American Artist, Watercolor, and American Art Collector, L’Art de Aquarelle, and numerous other publications. Whyte is the author of numerous books and her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, where her husband, Smith Coleman, manages the gallery and makes gilded and carved frames.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art with a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

For further info visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).

2015 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, Calls for Visual Artwork – Deadline Feb. 13, 2015

February 3, 2015

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Since 1979, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, has been the official outreach companion of Spoleto Festival USA. Produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases annually more than 500 arts events in all disciplines of the literary, visual and performing arts. As a feature of its promotional efforts, Piccolo Spoleto has historically highlighted the work of local visual artists, selecting signature images for use in marketing pieces, and this call for submissions specifically seeks out artists and artwork with design qualities and personal style evocative of the festival’s overall mission. The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is now accepting artwork submissions for consideration for the 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The “2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition” Call for Entries and the “2015 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition”.

Call for Entries will be posted separately. All artists living in the state of South Carolina are invited to submit. Proposed artwork must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been previously exhibited in the Charleston region. Limit your submission to one (1) digital image of an original artwork (should not exceed 36″ x 36″) for the festival’s consideration. Include no more than four (4) other digital images as samples of your work. Two-dimensional artwork only and all media are eligible. Do not include “Piccolo Spoleto Festival” on the image. Only submissions that meet the stated guidelines will be considered. Selected artist will be considered for items including festival posters, merchandise and print and electronic marketing materials. The City of Charleston and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival will license legal rights to artwork selected, but the artist will retain copyright and ownership of the artwork.

Submissions: Submitted artwork must comply fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion:  (1) The artwork is my original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any person’s work or photograph and (2) the artwork was created solely by me and not in a workshop, class, or under supervision of an instructor.

Deadline: February 13, 2015
Application Fee (USD): $5.00
Application Link: (https://cgwp.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/24752).

For More Information: Please contact Francina Smalls-Joyner, Visual Arts Coordinator at 843/724-7305; or e-mail to (JoynerF@charleston-sc.gov); or City of Charleston, Office of Cultural Affairs, 180 Meeting Street, Suite 200, Charleston, SC 29401; or visit (www.PiccoloSpoleto.com).

Call for Visual Artists for 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition in Charleston, SC – Deadline Mar. 13, 2015

January 19, 2015

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Since it began in 1979, Piccolo Spoleto has firmly established itself as an essential ingredient of Spoleto Festival USA’s special and unique magic. Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA, presents a series of mostly admission-free events in the downtown area of Charleston, SC, each day of Spoleto’s 17-day festival season. Produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Piccolo Spoleto showcases 4,000 local and regional artists and more than 500 arts events – literary, visual and performing arts – against the international backdrop of Spoleto Festival USA.

All 2D artists who are residents of the state of South Carolina are invited to submit artwork for consideration to the “Juried Outdoor Art Exhibition”. All 2D media is eligible and must be the original work of the artist and not the work of others. As this is an outdoor art exhibition, all artists are required to have a professional display tent and display walls and are required to be onsite daily to represent their work for the full 16 days of the exhibit.

Submissions Deadline: March 13, 2015
Please send all applications to:
Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition
c/o Lesley Johnson
8466 Rice Basket Lane
North Charleston, SC 29420

DOWNLOAD PICCOLO SPOLETO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION APPLICATION at (http://www.piccolospoleto.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Call-for-Entry-Piccolo_Spoleto_Outdoor_Art_Exhbit_2015.pdf).

The Charleston Museum in Charleston, SC, Holds Annual Oyster Roast at the Dill Sanctuary – Feb. 7, 2015

January 13, 2015

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Please join the Charleston Museum on Feb. 7, from 2-5pm for its Annual Oyster Roast. Enjoy an incredible view of the Stono River at the Dill Sanctuary while you shuck oysters and eat delicious barbecue from Sticky Fingers. Sit by the river and enjoy a beer from Palmetto Brewery or a “Natural Blonde” Bloody Mary accessorized with a Granna’s Gourmet garnish as you listen to the tunes of Air Sculptures. Those of you with a sweet tooth will be excited to hear that Charleston’s famous Diggity Doughnut truck will be parked on site! Attendees are also invited to join Chief Curator Grahame Long as he leads a guided tour to the earthen works of Battery Pringle, once used as a Confederate fortification. So, bring your friends, your appetites, chairs and blankets, and join us for a day of Lowcountry fun!

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Tickets are all-inclusive and account for admission, BBQ, oysters, beer, wine, Bloody Marys, oyster shooters, a battery tour and one gourmet Diggity Doughnut. No pets, please.

Please purchase your tickets in advance. You can do so online at (http://www.charlestonmuseum.org/proddetail.asp?prod=OysterRoast) or call 843/722-2996 ext. 235. Tickets are $35 for Members and $45 for non-Members.

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

January 6, 2015

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The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is accepting applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Sponsored by our young patrons auxiliary group Society 1858, the prize will be awarded annually to acknowledge an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.

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Unlike any other award of its type, the 1858 Prize is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public. Past winners include photographers Jeff Whetstone and Stephen Marc, mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey, sculptor Patrick Dougherty, and mixed-media artist Sonya Clark.

Entries for the annual award and a $10,000 cash prize opened on Jan. 1, 2015, and can be made exclusively online at (1858prize.org) through May 29, 2015. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply.

Supported by the museum’s auxiliary group, Society 1858, the prize is administered annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art.

For more information, please visit (1858prize.org).

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Receives $150,000 from The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

December 15, 2014

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The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, has received a grant award in the amount of $150,000 from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation to support the installation of the museum’s miniature portrait collection in the renovated building. The Donnelley Foundation supports efforts to preserve and provide greater access to regionally significant collections. The Foundation’s strategy is to support a range of specific projects including stabilization, cataloguing, preservation and restoration, digitization, enhanced opportunities for access by both the general public and scholars, and reinterpretation.

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American eye miniature, unknown, ca. 1830’s, watercolor on ivory; 1 inch diameter. Gift of Mr. James Sellers in memory of James Nelson Sellers

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Donnelley Foundation for the installation and preservation of the miniature collection. The first-ever American miniatures were painted in Charleston, and today the Gibbes is home to one of the most prestigious American portrait miniature collections in the country,” says Gibbes Museum of Art Executive Director, Angela Mack.

A major highlight of the newly renovated museum will be a dedicated gallery space featuring the nationally-acclaimed collection of portrait miniatures. With over 600 miniature portraits, the Gibbes collection is the third largest in the United States and ranks in quality among those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. New state-of-the-art display cases featuring accessible open storage drawers will allow visitors to experience, up-close, nearly three hundred portrait miniatures by some of America’s most significant painters while simultaneously providing custom microclimates to preserve this sensitive collection.

“Prior to the renovation, gallery conditions at the museum allowed for the exhibition of just 30-35 miniatures at a time—a fraction of the total collection. The new, dedicated miniature portrait gallery will introduce visitors to the refined colors and exquisite draftsmanship of these tiny treasures,” says Sara Arnold Gibbes Museum of Art Curator of Collections. This unprecedented access to the collection will be accompanied by digitally enhanced interpretive materials that will offer visitors of all ages, in-depth insight into painting techniques, materials, jeweled casework, conservation, and the social and cultural significance of these unique objects.

Gaylord Donnelley was a former chairman of the R.R. Donnelley Company, a Chicago-based publishing company founded by his grandfather in 1864. Gaylord and his wife, Dorothy, were avid lovers of the outdoors. They contributed to numerous land conservation efforts in the Chicago region and their adopted home in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. They were equally devoted to the arts and preserving collections. The Donnelley’s legacy lives on in the Foundation they established in 1952. Today, the Foundation supports land conservation, artistic vitality and collections of regional significance in the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art With a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

For further info call the Museum at 843/722-2706 or visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).

City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC, Offers Artist’s Talk with John Duckworth – Dec. 14, 2014

December 9, 2014

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents: “AWAKE by John Duckworth”, an Artist’s Talk offered Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at 2pm, at City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC.

Join us as artist John Duckworth personally leads visitors through a guided tour of his “AWAKE” exhibition. During this free event, attendees will receive an insider’s view, as Duckworth hosts a sequential tour explaining his inspiration and process, revealing how his personal exploration of Eastern contemplative wisdom traditions inspired this current exhibition.

We encourage those who have not yet experienced “AWAKE” to arrive at least one hour early to view the installation in its entirety.

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Local artist John Duckworth has transformed the City Gallery at Waterfront Park into an immersive space within a guided exhibition layout, displaying his photography, sketches, paintings, video, and audio installation. Duckworth’s most comprehensive show to date, this non-traditional presentation of the artist’s work encourages viewers to become more aware and focus on the present moment, freeing their minds of constant to-do lists and daily thoughts in order to embrace calmness and contemplation.

Much of Duckworth’s work has an underlying meditative quality, embedded both in his Buddhist-inspired paintings and his most-recognizable photographs of nature. “AWAKE” will feature over forty artworks in an exhibition setting that also highlights Duckworth’s creative and meditation practices.

Duckworth states: “I believe that art/creativity is an essential component of human nature. Art inspires people to access their imagination, and imagination is the fuel that propels dreams and purpose in order to realize true human potential, and reveal our authentic self. Exterior guides often assist this sort of inner revelation; I believe that my artwork can function as a guide. My creative process is a personal exploration that mirrors my meditation practice and both are healing and self-transformative, and the result (my ‘art’) can resonate with others like a tuning fork – and either awaken this seed within, or simply affirm that we’re not alone in our searching.”

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park is located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston , SC.

Established in 2003, the City Gallery at Waterfront Park is owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Gallery hours during exhibition dates:
Monday, closed; Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday 12 – 5pm. Please call the gallery for holiday closures.

For more information call 843/958-6484, e-mail to (CityGallery@charleston-sc.gov), or visit (www.CityGalleryatWaterfrontPark.com).

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Eric Horan

December 6, 2014

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Eric Horan will present “Portrait of the Lowcountry” a photo exhibition at the Saul Alexander Gallery in the Charleston County Public Library through the month of December beginning Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.  Horan’s exhibition will feature new and previously shown images that showcase his extensive work photographing South Carolina. His work captures the natural beauty of a wide diversity of sea and shorebirds and other wildlife along scenic waterways, pristine beaches and inland maritime forests.

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Horan is a commercial photographer based in Beaufort, SC, providing commercial assignment, stock, fine art prints and gifts, educational presentations and serves as photo and field guide on his Lowcountry Wildlife Photo Safaris. His tour destinations are planned around peak, seasonal wildlife action throughout North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

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An award winning photographer, Horan has received notable awards throughout his career including the coveted International Studio Design Annual. Among the publishers where his work has appeared are: OUTSIDE, Compass American Guides, an imprint of Fodor’s Travel Publications Inc., Clairmont Press & Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Silver Editions and National Geographic. Books. Magazines where his work has appeared include: Business Week, Cruising World, Fortune, New York Sunday Times Travel, OUTSIDE, SAIL, Southern Living and on the covers of Spur and Smithsonian. He has received awards from prestigious art competitions including the coveted International Design annual. His stock images are represented by agencies international with fine-art prints in area galleries and online.

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The hours of the Saul Alexander Gallery are the same as the library, Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday, 2-5pm.  The address is 68 Calhoun St and the telephone 843/805-6930.

For more information on the artist you may contact him at 843/524-3037 or visit (http://www.horanphoto.com/).

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Announces 2014 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award

November 22, 2014

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The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce Donna Shank Major as this year’s recipient of the annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. Established in 2007, this award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in South Carolina school districts who has demonstrated superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and is administered and presented annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art. The winner was announced at the South Carolina Art Educators Association annual meeting in Greenville, SC, on Nov. 21, 2014. “Mary’s support of art educators in South Carolina is immeasurable. The Gibbes is honored to support the award. There are so many teachers worth recognizing and we hope they will continue to apply year after year,” says Curator of Education Rebecca Sailor.

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Donna Shank Major is the instructor for 2D and 3D Design courses, teaches in the ARMES program at the Fine Arts Center, in Greenville, and serves as the Coordinator for Explore the Arts summer program. The ARMES program is a tuition-free arts program designed to meet the needs of students in grades 4 through 8 who have demonstrated outstanding talents and a deep interest in theatre, visual arts, strings or dance. Major grew up in Greenville and was an art student at Fine Arts Center for three years. She graduated from Converse College and continued studies at Converse College earning a Master’s Degree in Education. She has been teaching art for 18 years in Greenville and Spartanburg County, and works in a variety of media and techniques including clay, printmaking, painting, and bookmaking. She has received many grants, including a Fulbright Memorial Fund grant to study in Japan, and fellowships to study at Arrowmont School of Crafts and Penland. Her work has been exhibited in shows at the Art Bomb, Open Studios with the Metropolitan Arts Council, the Belton Juried Professional Show, the Anderson Art Show and the Union Juried Professional Show.

“I am so pleased to announce Donna Shank Major as this year’s recipient of the Art Educator Award. Major is an instructor at the Fine Arts Center of Greenville, and together with the other two state finalists, Josh Drews and Mary Catherine Peeples, represents the finest this state has to offer in art education. South Carolina has most definitely set the bar high in fine art instruction,” says Mary Whyte.

Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, SC, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendants of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections, as well as in the permanent collections of the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Her paintings have been featured in International Artist, Artist, American Artist, Watercolor, and American Art Collector, L’Art de Aquarelle, and numerous other publications. Whyte is the author of numerous books and her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, where her husband, Smith Coleman, manages the gallery and makes gilded and carved frames.

Applications for the 2015 Mary Whyte Award opened in September, 2014. For more information, please visit (www.marywhyteaward.org).

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. In the fall of 2014, the Gibbes temporarily closed for major renovations and will reopen its doors in the spring of 2016. The renovation project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art from the early colonial era to the present, and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, lecture and event space, a museum café, and store. During the renovation the museum will offer programs such as the Insider Art Series, Art With a Twist, Art of Healing, events including the Art of Design and annual Gibbes on the Street Party, and educational offerings such as Art to Go and Eye Spy Art. Highlights of the Gibbes permanent collection can be viewed on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

For further info visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).


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