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Spanning the decades between the late 1890s and early 1960s, Central to Their Lives brings together for the first time the paintings and sculptures of forty-two diverse women artists who made significant contributions to the art of the South. This exhibition examines the challenges female artists faced during a period in which women’s social, cultural, and political roles were being redefined and reinterpreted. Whether working from dedicated studio spaces, in spare rooms at home, or on the world stage, the artists showcased made remarkable impacts by fostering future generations of artists through instruction, incorporating new aesthetics into the fine arts, and challenging the status quo. Organized by the Johnson Collection in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the exhibition includes works by leading figures in the Charleston Renaissance such as Alice Ravenel Huger Smith and Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, as well as Corrie McCallum, Minnie Evans, Anne Goldthwaite, Clementine Hunter, and Augusta Savage.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Gibbes Museum Women's Council, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Charleston Magazine, the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, and Kenneth and Martha Severens.
For women artists working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was difficult to assert themselves in an environment dominated by men. However, by the 1950s, female artists had made...READ MORE
Explore Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection with Martha Severens. Ms. Severens is an independent art historian and author who has served as a curator of the Green...READ MORE
Works of art and literature have long inspired one another. Whether the Bloomsbury Group, the Aesthetic Movement, or Black Mountain College, their evolution is often contemporaneous. Inspired by Centr...READ MORE
Explore the exhibition Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection with Gibbes Museum curator, Amanda Breen. This tour is free for Members and included with Museum admissi...READ MORE
We are thrilled to announce our newest publication here at the Gibbes Museum, G is for Gibbes: A Museum ABC Book! This beautiful children’s book engages readers with works of…READ MORE
As 2019 draws to a close, Gibbes staff took a moment to pause and reflect on all that’s happened this year, and what we are grateful for. Below are just…READ MORE
This week on the blog, we continue our Staff Spotlight series with Katie Borges, Special Events Manager here at the Gibbes! How long have you been at the Gibbes? About…READ MORE
CHARLESTON, S.C., November 5, 2019 – The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce the finalists for the annual 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The 2019 finalists are…READ MORE