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Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Calls for Applications for 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art – Deadline May 29, 2015

April 14, 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 $10,000 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.

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, painter John Westmark, 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. 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, 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).

Society 1858 Announces Sonya Clark as the 2014 Winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art in Charleston, SC

September 19, 2014

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Society 1858, an auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce Sonya Clark as the 2014 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, the 1858 Prize acknowledges 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.

This year, over 250 artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia submitted applications. Clark is the first female artist to be awarded the 1858 Prize. Her work examines contemporary issues of gender and race through a variety of mediums.

“Sonya Clark is a phenomenal artist whose intellectual rigor and thoughtful approach to materials stands out from the crowd. Her work truly embodies the spirit of the 1858 Prize and its mission to contribute to a new understanding of contemporary southern art,” says Gibbes Museum Curator of Exhibitions, Pam Wall.

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“My Hair Craft Project (Jamilah)” 2013, by Sonya Clark, photograph, 28″ x 28″.

Clark holds an MFA (Cranbrook Academy of Art), a BFA (Art Institute of Chicago), and a BA in psychology (Amherst College) and chairs the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and throughout the United States.  She uses objects such as cloth, hair, and combs to give voice to the complexity of American identity and history. Simple objects become an interface for dialog that ranges from the vernacular to the political to the poetic.  Her work includes a variety of mediums. In “My Hair Craft Project (Jamilah)” she engages Southern hairdressers to use her body as canvas to re-frame Black hairdressing as art.

“Given the caliber of the finalists, I am absolutely humbled to be chosen for the 1858 Award. The complexities and the simplicities that drive the content of my work will be amplified by this generous support. I am both buoyed by this endorsement of my past work and eager to delve into the well of the next possibilities. To the folks in Society 1858 at the Gibbes Museum: thank you, thank you, thank you,” says Sonya Clark.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

For further information contact Amy Mercer, Marketing and Communications Manager, Gibbes Museum of Art by calling 843/722-2706 x38 or e-mail to (amercer@gibbesmuseum.org).

Society 1858 in Charleston, SC, Announces Short List of Finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

June 30, 2014

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The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858, in Charleston, SC, announced the 2014 Short List of finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, the 1858 Prize acknowledges 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. Over 250 artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia submitted applications during this time period.

The seven artists (profiled below) selected for the 2014 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art short list are Jim Arendt, Sonya Clark, Andre Leon Gray, Jackson Martin, Jason Mitcham, Damian Stamer, and Stacy Lynn Waddell. The artists were selected by a distinguished panel of judges including Charles Ailstock, Society 1858 Board Member; Jamieson Clair, Society 1858 Board Member; Jennifer Dasal, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art; Marilyn Laufer, Director of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University; Frank McCauley, Assistant Director and Curator of the Sumter County Gallery of Art; Pam Wall, Curator of Exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art; and John Westmark, artist and 2012 Prize winner.

“We are thrilled to have received so many qualified applicants to the 1858 Prize. Narrowing the list to seven artists was a tough task, but we feel this group represents the great talent and creativity of the contemporary southern art scene,” says Gibbes Museum Curator of Exhibitions Pam Wall.

This prize was established in 2007 by Elizabeth and Mallory Factor to honor an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of the South. Artist John Westmark was the 2012 prize winner and his work is on view at the Gibbes Museum of Art through August 3 in the exhibition entitled, “John Westmark: Narratives”. After a 1-year hiatus, Society 1858 has rebranded the annual artist award and will focus its fundraising efforts on cultivating the prize. The winner of the 1858 Prize will be announced on Sept. 18, 2014, during an event hosted by Society 1858 and the Gibbes Museum of Art.

2014 Short List Bios

Jim Arendt – Based in Conway, SC, Arendt creates narrative paintings, sculpture, and installations that investigate how individual lives are affected by transitions in economic structures. Made from cut denim, Arendt’s figurative work draws upon his rural upbringing and concepts of work, labor, and connections to the land. Arendt received his BFA from Kendall College of Art & Design and his MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina. (www.jimarendt.com)

Sonya Clark – Clark is a fiber and mixed media artist working in Richmond, VA, where she chairs the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She uses objects such as cloth, hair, and combs to give voice to the complexity of American identity and history. Clark’s work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and throughout the United States. (www.sonyaclark.com)

André Leon Gray – A native of Raleigh, NC, Gray is a self-trained artist who works is a variety of media to examine the impact of history and memory on present day power structures and social hierarchies. Gray’s mixed media assemblages, sculptures, and installations combine recycled and reclaimed objects, materials, and imagery. He transforms mundane objects into powerful social commentary with the intent of creating dialogue among his audience. (www.andreleongray.com)

Jackson Martin – Martin’s artistic practice entails an interdisciplinary approach to sculpture, installation, and photography. He utilizes a wide variety of materials and processes, ranging from sewing nontraditional fabrics to steam-bending hardwoods to planting trees in dumpsters. A native of Tennessee, Martin currently resides in Asheville, NC where he teaches at the University of North Carolina – Asheville. (www.jacksonmartin.com)

Jason Mitcham – Mitcham combines painting and stop-motion animation to investigate suburbia, modern ruins, and temporality within the landscape. His animations are created by digitally recording thousands of slight alterations on paintings; approximately ten miniscule changes are made for every second of footage. Mitcham was born in Greensboro, NC, and currently resides in New York. (www.jasonmitcham.com)

Damian Stamer – Stamer depicts barns, abandoned buildings, and other vernacular structures of the rural south. His heavily layered canvases blur the line between abstraction and representation as they seek to express the solemn beauty of the old and overlooked. A native of Durham, NC, Stamer earned a BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (www.damianstamer.com)

Stacy Lynn Waddell – Waddell creates work that explores American history, culture, and the ways individual consciousness is formed through generations. She combines watercolor, gold leaf, and collage with heat-based techniques that burn, brand, and singe works on paper. Waddell has exhibited at museums throughout the country, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Gibbes Museum of Art, in the solo exhibition, “The Evidence of Things Unseen”. (www.stacylynnwaddell.com)

Society 1858 is a group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art. Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum’s art collection began in 1858. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858’s exciting programs.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

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

Society 1858 in Charleston, SC, Announces the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

January 4, 2014

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The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858, in Charleston, SC, are pleased to announce the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Known for their fabulous parties that cleverly blend art and entertainment, Society 1858 is furthering its mission through the support of contemporary southern artists. Founded in 2010, this young patrons group is determined to have a tangible impact on the museum. “We are thrilled that Society 1858 is supporting the contemporary southern art prize. Their commitment to advancing southern artists is commendable,” says Gibbes Museum Executive Director Angela Mack.

The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art 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. Entries for the annual award and a $10,000 cash prize will open on January 15, 2014, and can be made exclusively online at (1858prize.org) through May, 2014. Unlike any other award of its type, the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public.

“We are excited to launch the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, which is in keeping with our mission to inspire, educate, and entertain. To kick off the opening of submissions for the 2014 prize competition, Society 1858 is hosting its annual winter party on Feb. 7, 2014, from 7-11pm, entitled, “Studio 58: Your Ticket to the Arts Beyond the Velvet Rope”. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Society 1858 and the Gibbes,” says Amy Coy, Society 1858 President.

Friday, February 7, 8-11pm: “Studio 58: Your Ticket to the Arts Beyond the Velvet Rope”. Tickets are $50 for 1858 members, $80 for non-members. $110 combo ticket includes Gibbes membership, 1858 dues, and a party ticket ($120 value).

Eligible artists are those who reside, work in, or are from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.  The review panel will select the finalists in June 2014, and the Gibbes Museum of Art will announce the winner in September 2014.

This prize was established in 2007 by Elizabeth and Mallory Factor to honor an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of the South. Artist John Westmark was the 2012 prize winner and his work will be shown at the Gibbes Museum of Art in the spring of 2014 in the exhibition entitled, “John Westmark: Narratives”. After a 1-year hiatus, Society 1858 has rebranded the annual artist award and will focus its fundraising efforts on cultivating the prize.

Society 1858 is a group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art. Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum’s art collection began in 1858. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858’s exciting programs.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at (www.googleartproject.com).

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

Society 1858’s Winter Party Heats Up the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC – Feb. 8, 2013

January 4, 2013

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Society 1858 presents “Habanero Rhythm,” on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, from 8 – 11pm, in celebration of the Gibbes exhibition Vibrant Vision: The Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman. The auxiliary group’s winter party embraces the energy of the dance movement that was brought to Cuba by Haitian refugees in the mid-nineteenth century. The slow and rhythmic dance celebrates African art and music.

A dizzying array of visual, performance, and culinary arts, “Habanero Rhythm” offers a sultry escape in the middle of winter. Society 1858 President Helen Pratt-Thomas says, “This cutting edge event provides intimate access to an acclaimed local artist, builds future arts leaders, and the opportunity to give back to the Gibbes Museum.” Artist Jonathan Green, and his partner and studio director, Richard Weedman, will be the guests of honor at the auxiliary group’s February fiesta. Guests will enjoy live music by Leah Suárez, who blends traditional jazz standards and world folk music with a strong Latin influence, as well as a performance by the Garage Cuban Band who will play a mix of old Cuban folk and jazz standards. Throughout the evening, Latin-inspired foods will be provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Tickets for “Habanero Rhythm” are $50 for members of Society 1858 and $75 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online at (www.gibbesmuseum.org/events) or by calling 843/722-2706 x21. Due to capacity limits, tickets may not be available at the door so everyone is encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

“Habanero Rhythm” is sponsored by Wells Fargo, Lou Hammond & Associates, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, The Intertech Group, Maybank Industries, Moe’s Southwest Grill, MUSC, Art Mag, and PDA. Additional support is provided by FUEL and Palmetto Brewery.

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Work by Jonathan Green

Vibrant Vision: The Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman is on view at the Gibbes from Jan. 11 – Apr. 21, 2013. Over the past thirty five years, acclaimed artist Jonathan Green and his partner and studio director, Richard Weedman, have amassed an astonishing collection of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. Selected from their collection, this exhibition features work by African American, Caribbean, Latin American, and American artists that reflect the diverse cultural influences that have shaped American art since the twentieth century.

Vibrant Vision is made possible by the generous support of Gibbes, etc., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, and Art Mag.

Society 1858 is a dynamic group of artists, patrons, and art enthusiasts who support the mission of the Gibbes Museum of Art. The auxiliary group’s purpose is to inspire, entertain and inform a new generation of art philanthropists with a love for the visual arts.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life.
The Gibbes Museum of Art is located at 135 Meeting Street in Charleston, SC.

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

The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858 in Charleston, SC, Hosts Luce e Colore: La Bella Notte Italiana – Feb. 10, 2012

February 2, 2012

Society 1858, a dynamic member auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, in Charleston, SC, will hosts Luce e Colore: La Bella Notte Italiana on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, from 8 – 11pm. Society 1858’s winter party at the Gibbes celebrates the classical traditions of the great masters and spotlights Jill Hooper and her solo exhibition, Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist. Guests will experience la dolce vita while savoring delicious Italian aperitivo provided by Oak Steakhouse and enjoying the jazz music of Julep and the Lewis/Gregory/Wiltrout trio. Classically-trained professional artists working in the style of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci will bring the galleries to life and classically trained opera singers will fill the museum with song.

Tickets for Luce e Colore are $40 for members of Society 1858 and $70 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online at (www.gibbesmuseum.org/events) or by calling 843/722-2706 x22. Due to capacity limits, tickets may not be available at the door so everyone is encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

“Jill Hooper is one of the founding members of Society 1858, and so we are celebrating her solo exhibition in a big way. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy a classic evening of gorgeous art, music, food, and drink,” notes Society 1858 President Helen Pratt-Thomas.

Luce e Colore is sponsored by Oak Steakhouse, Wells Fargo Bank, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Fia Forever Photography, Maybank Industries, and PDA. Additional support is provided by Ann Long Fine Art, All Occasions, Event DRS/ICEBOX, The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, Opera Carolina, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, and Anonymous.

On view through April 22nd in the Rotunda Galleries, Jill Hooper: Contemporary Realist, features recent work by Charleston artist Jill Hooper, a classically-trained, realist painter whose extraordinary portraits have earned international recognition.

Society 1858 is a dynamic group of artists, patrons, and art enthusiasts who support the mission of the Gibbes Museum of Art. The auxiliary group’s purpose is to inspire, entertain and inform a new generation of art philanthropists with a love for the visual arts.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

The Gibbes Museum of Art is located at 135 Meeting Street in downtown historic Charleston, SC.

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

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Society 1858 Summer Party – Bitters & Twisted in the Salon d’Orleans – July 29, 2011

June 30, 2011

Society 1858, the dynamic young professionals group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, in Charleston, SC, hosts Bitters & Twisted in the Salon d’Orleans on Friday, July 29, 2011, from 8 to 11pm in the museum courtyard at 135 Meeting Street.

Guests will be transported back to 19th-century New Orleans with a lively atmosphere of nostalgic music and performance by Theatre Marvelosa, classic cocktails, regional delicacies, and vintage attire. Libations and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Maverick Southern Kitchens and Palmetto Brewing Company. This sultry summer party complements the subject matter of the upcoming Gibbes exhibition In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, which opens on July 22, 2011.

Tickets for Bitters & Twisted in the Salon d’Orleans are $40 for members of Society 1858 before July 15 and will be $50 beginning July 15. Tickets for the general public are $60 before July 15 and will be $70 beginning July 15. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online at (www.gibbesmuseum.org/events) or by calling 843/722-2706 ext. 22. Due to capacity, tickets may not be available at the door so everyone is encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

“After the success of our Flirting with Art party in February, we wanted to create another unforgettable event. We know our guests will be surprised by what we have in store for them – we really want to transport them to another place and time,” noted Society 1858 President Helen Pratt-Thomas.

Bitters and Twisted is sponsored by Maverick Southern Kitchens, FIA Forever Photography, Wells Fargo, Palmetto Parking, Maybank Industries LLC, Bradley Creger and Louisa Shingler, and Palmetto Brewing Company.

In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, on view in the Gibbes Rotunda Galleries from July 22 to October 16, 2011, is the first retrospective of the brief but important career of portraitist Julien Hudson, one of the earliest documented free artists of color working during the 19th century. The exhibit is co-organized by Worcester Art Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Creative Genius. Initial research was funded by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Society 1858 is a group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum’s art collection began in 1858. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858’s exciting programs. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

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

Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, Offers Related Programs with Summer Exhibitions

June 28, 2011

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, will present two new exhibitions from July 22 through Oct. 16, 2011. The Creative Spirit: Vernacular Art from the Gadsden Arts Center Permanent Collection, organized by the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy, FL, will be on view in the Main Gallery. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, and sculpture by the foremost self-taught artists of the American South.

The exhibit, In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, was co-organized by Worcester Art Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibition, on view in the Gibbes’ Rotunda Galleries, is the first retrospective of the brief – but important – career of portraitist Julien Hudson, one of the earliest documented free artists of color working in the 19th century.

Gibbes Museum of Art Related Programming:

On Friday, July 29, 2011, from 8-11pm –  Society 1858 Summer Party – “Bitters & Twisted in the Salon D’Orleans”. The fee is $40 for Society 1858 members, $60 non-members (before July 15) $50 for Society 1858 members, $70 non-members (beginning July 15). Tickets at (www.gibbesmuseum.org/events).

On Friday, August 26, 2011, and Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at 1pm – Curator-Led Tour – Conducted by Sara Arnold, Gibbes Curator of Collections. Free with museum admission.

On Friday, August 12 and Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at 1pm – Curator-Led Tour – Conducted by Pam Wall, Gibbes Curator of Exhibitions. Free with museum admission.

On Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 10am – 1pm – Community Day: Folk Art. Museum visitors can enjoy art-making activities and special performances. Free.

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

Society 1858, Young Professionals Group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, in Charleston, SC, Announces Flirting with Art Party on Feb. 11, 2011

January 11, 2011

Society 1858, the dynamic young professionals group of the Gibbes Museum of Art, hosts a Flirting with Art party  on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, from 8 – 11pm at the Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting Street in Charleston, SC. The multi-sensory event will feature musical entertainment by Klipart, and guests will enjoy wine, beer, and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Woodlands Inn.

A group of Charleston artists will create body art in response to Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, the modern and contemporary art exhibition currently on view at the Gibbes. Twelve artists will interpret 12 works of art from the special exhibition onto the bodies of 12 models. Charleston magazine style director Ayoka Lucas will emcee the painted model promenade beginning at 9pm. Participating artists are: Charles Ailstock, Sally King Benedict, Lese Corrigan, Nathan Durfee, Linda Fantuzzo, Kat Hastie, Tim Hussey, Leslie Pratt-Thomas, Lynne Riding, Kristi Ryba, Andrew Smock, and Mary Walker.

Tickets for Flirting with Art are $40 for members of Society 1858 until Feb. 1 and $50 after Feb. 1. Tickets for the general public are $60 until Feb. 1 and $70 after Feb. 1. Tickets may be purchased in advance either online at (www.gibbesmuseum.org/events) or by calling 843/722-2706 x22. Due to capacity, tickets may not be available at the door and so everyone is encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.

“The event is close to Valentine’s Day so Society 1858 wanted to throw a party that was fun and provocative. Body painting is perhaps the first form of art, dating back to the origins of human culture. It will be exciting to see how our local community of artists transforms the human body to canvas,” suggests Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack.

Flirting with Art is sponsored by Woodlands Inn, Wachovia Bank – A Wells Fargo Company, Charleston magazine and Stella Nova.  Additional support is provided by Anne’s Downtown, John and Kimberly Baden, Cantey Technology, Dixon-Hughes PLLC, David Leonard and Tom McCarty, Maybank Industries LLC, Friend of Society 1858, and Anonymous.

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, on view at the Gibbes through Mar. 27, 2011, features significant 20th and 21st century artists from the permanent collection of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. The exhibition offers an overview of modern and contemporary art created in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and video by such artists as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, and Robert Motherwell.

Society 1858 is a group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum’s art collection began in 1858. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858’s exciting programs. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, and presents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

For further information call the Gibbes at 843-722-2706 or visit (www.gibbesmuseum.org).


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