October 28, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Breaking Down Barriers

300 Years of Women in Art


Beginning with Henrietta Johnston, the first female professional artist in America, and continuing to the present, Breaking down Barriers examines the challenges faced by women artists over the past 300 years. Drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition highlights a number of extraordinary women working in a variety of media and artistic styles. This exhibition is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, The Gibbes Women’s Council, and Where Magazine.

Read more about the exhibition in curator Pam Wall's article in the Autumn/Winter 2011 issue of Antiques & Fine Art Magazine.

Interview with curator Pam Wall and executive director Angela Mack by Adam Parker. Courtesy of the the Post & Courier.


Henriette Charlotte Chastaigner (Mrs. Nathaniel Broughton), 1711, by Henrietta de Beaulieu Dering Johnston (ca. 1674 - 1729), pastel on paper, gift of Victor A. Morawetz, 1938.020.0004