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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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