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Why Join The Gibbes

As a member of The Gibbes Museum of Art, you’ll help us cultivate, preserve, and advance the visual arts and art education in the greater Charleston area – and be part of a vibrant, dynamic arts community here in the Lowcountry. Choose from a variety of membership options, each with an array of benefits. Thank you for being a vital part of Charleston’s rich creative culture.

Museum Members

All Gibbes Museum Members enjoy:

  • Free admission for one year from the date of purchase
  • Invitations to members-only exhibitions opening receptions and special events
  • Discounted programs and events
  • Subscription to Museum publications
  • 10% discount in Museum store and special member shopping days
  • The opportunity to join Museum auxiliary groups, including Women’s Council and Society 1858

Museum Fellows

Fellows level memberships afford art enthusiasts with the opportunity for enhanced Museum patronage, invitations to special events, and access to exclusive, private art collections. Fellows membership provides critical support for museum programs, operations, and exhibitions.

Gibbes Auxiliary Groups

All Gibbes members invited.

Women’s Council

Annual dues: $65

The Gibbes Women’s Council, formed in 1950, was the first auxiliary group at the Gibbes. Today, its membership is over 130 strong, and the group is governed by a Board of eight members, elected from its membership for a two-year term.

Members of the Gibbes Women’s Council are encouraged to donate their time, talents, and financial support to the Gibbes Museum by volunteering for various events and programs that benefit the Gibbes Museum and support its mission of enhancing lives through art. To that end, the Women’s Council plans a major fund raising event each year, entitled the Art of Design, for which all members are encouraged to volunteer and attend. Additional volunteer opportunities are available through Gibbes Women’s Council Committees and Gibbes Museum functions.

Four meetings are scheduled throughout the year, from September to June, designed to educate members in the arts and provide information relevant to Charleston’s art community. These are in addition to the Art of Design luncheon, Holiday Party, and Women’s Council Annual Meeting and Luncheon in May which concludes the year.

Members of the Women’s Council must also join one of the above Museum Members or Museum Fellows levels.

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Society 1858

Annual dues: $30

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. Members gather several times a year to explore exclusive private art collections, experience new local exhibitions, and host the annual Society 1858 Winter Party.

Members of Society 1858 must also join one of the above Museum Members or Museum Fellows levels.

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In 2014, Society 1858 established the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, which awards $10,000 to an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Presented annually, the prize recognizes the highest level of artistic achievement in any media. Learn more about the 1858 Prize.

Funds raised annually by Society 1858 support the Prize, as well as exhibition and educational programming at the Museum. The group has raised over $125,000 through educational programs and events supported by extensive marketing, public relations, and social media campaigns. Society 1858’s members are sophisticated consumers and emerging community leaders, influential in our community. Sponsorships are a meaningful way for individuals, civic-minded corporations, and foundations to support our high-profile events and reach this influential group. Sponsors in 2016-17 include Art Mag, Blackbaud, BoomTown!, Production Design Associates, Redfin, South State Bank, The Spectator Hotel, and The Vendue. Download a sponsorship benefits brochure to learn more about partnership opportunities with Society 1858.

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