Archive for May, 2010

Women’s Council Celebrates 60 Years

On April 22, the Women’s Council of the Carolina Art Association/Gibbes Museum of Art celebrated 60 years of supporting the museum. The Women’s Council, founded in 1950, celebrated the milestone by announcing a partnership with the Charleston Parks Conservancy to beautify the Gibbes Courtyard garden. Thank you to the Women’s Council for your incredible efforts over the past 60 years!

Angela Mack, Ginny Brush, and Elizabeth Bradham

Angela Mack, Ginny Brush, and Elizabeth Bradham

 

Kathy Nistad, Peggy Theoharous, and Lee Perry

Kathy Nistad, Peggy Theoharous, and Lee Perry

 

Susan Dickson, Glenna Greenslit, and Marlies Tindall

Susan Dickson, Glenna Greenslit, and Marlies Tindall

 

Past Presidents of the Women's Council

Past Presidents of the Women's Council

 

Photographs courtesy of Charleston Picture Company.

New Exhibition Opens on Friday

Stop by the Gibbes on Friday, May 28 to check out our new exhibition JoAnn Verburg: Interruptions. Presented in partnership with Spoleto Festival USA, this exhibition features photographs of the architecture and residents of Spoleto, Italy. Verburg has exhibited her work extensively in the United States and abroad, including a mid-career retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 JoAnn Verburg will give an artist talk on Friday, May 28 at 2:30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artist and learn more about her work. This event is free for members and $10 for non-members.

 JoAnn Verburg: Interruptions was made possible by funding from US Trust, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and Marion and Wayland Cato.

Antonietta, 2009, © JoAnn Verburg, courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

Antonietta, 2009, © JoAnn Verburg, courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

 

Ledge, 2009, © JoAnn Verburg, Private Collection

Ledge, 2009, © JoAnn Verburg, Private Collection

Charleston Day Junior Docent Program

Charleston Day School and the Gibbes Museum of Art partnered during the 2009-2010 school year to create a Junior Docent Program under the direction of Middle School Head Andy Willits. Twenty 8th grade students toured the Gibbes exhibition The Charleston Story with Museum Educators Elise Detterbeck and Pat Burgess. Each student then chose one art object that they studied and later presented to 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. On May 12th, the 8th graders presented the tour to their parents, followed by a reception to help recognize their hard work.

Louise Marks

Louise Marks

 

Fleetwood Brown

Fleetwood Brown

 

Aimee McShane

Aimee McShane

 

Steven Craig and Will Nicklas

Steven Craig and Will Nicklas

 

Addison Ingle takes questions

Addison Ingle takes questions

 

2009-2010 Junior Docents

2009-2010 Junior Docents

 

Photographs courtesy of Carolina Photosmith.

Take it to the Street Party

Here are a few photos from last month’s fabulous Take it to the Street Party that celebrated the opening of Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection. For the festive affair the Gibbes shut down Meeting Street while guests enjoyed music, entertainment, and food by Charleston’s most celebrated chefs. Want to see more photos from the event? Click here to view the entire gallery of photographs by Charleston Picture Company.

Michael Doniger, Alice Wyatt, Janice Doniger, Hunter Higgison, and Lance Wyatt

Michael Doniger, Alice Wyatt, Janice Doniger, Hunter Higgison, and Lance Wyatt

 

Barbara Zimmerman and Janice Waring

Barbara Zimmerman and Janice Waring

 

Jim and Esther Ferguson with Mary and Sam Waters

Jim and Esther Ferguson with Mary and Sam Waters

 

Jane Anderson, Theresa and Roy Green, Dick Smartt

Jane Anderson, Theresa and Roy Green, Dick Smartt

Art to Go Exhibition

Today is the opening day of our special Art to Go exhibition, featuring work created by students at Mt. Zion Elementary School. Over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, the Gibbes Art to Go program, led by teaching artist Martha Criscuolo, visited Mt. Zion on Johns Island every Thursday. This special partnership was designed to introduce students in grades 1-5 to both art history and studio art, while using the Gibbes permanent collection and special exhibitions as sources of inspiration for their own artmaking. Culminating their year of study, this special exhibition features works created by the students. Each student chose one artwork that they felt best expressed them for the exhibition. The exhibition will be on view through this weekend—we hope to see you at the Gibbes!

 Want learn more about the Gibbes Art to Go program? Contact Rebecca Sailor at (843) 722-2706, ext. 41.

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Mary Whyte News Feature

Artist Mary Whyte was featured on the news last night in Columbia. Click here to watch a clip. Whyte’s work is included in the Gibbes permanent collection and will be showcased in the upcoming exhibition Mary Whyte: Working South, scheduled to open in May 2012.

Artist, 2007, by Mary Whyte, watercolor on paper, museum purchase with funds provided by Dr. and Mrs. (Caroline) Anton Vreede

Artist, 2007, by Mary Whyte, watercolor on paper, museum purchase with funds provided by Dr. and Mrs. (Caroline) Anton Vreede, 2007.005

2010 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award

Anne Cimballa, an art teacher for grades 7, 9, and 10 at the Charleston County School of the Arts received the 2010 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award and the $1,000 cash prize that accompanies the award. Awarded annually by the Gibbes, the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award is designed to recognize a high school visual art teacher in the tri-county area who has demonstrated superior commitment to his or her students and craft. Ms. Cimballa submitted the lesson plan Palette Knife Painting Inspired by the Works of Brian Rutenberg. Students visited the Gibbes exhibition Brian Rutenberg: Tidesong and created original landscape paintings using their own photos of the Lowcountry while painting with palette knives in the style of Rutenberg.

Bettina Whyte, Smith Coleman, Anne Cimballa, Mary Whyte, and Angela Mack

Bettina Whyte, Smith Coleman, Anne Cimballa, Mary Whyte, and Angela Mack

 

Anne Cimballa working with a student

Anne Cimballa working with a student

 

Anne Cimballa in her classroom

Anne Cimballa in her classroom

Christo’s Visit to Charleston

The Gibbes is still abuzz from Christo’s visit to Charleston last month. The world-renowned artist gave an amazing lecture for a sold-out crowd of over 400 people at Memminger Auditorium on April 13. The evening before the lecture, event sponsors gathered at the home of Esther and James Ferguson for a cocktail party in celebration of Christo’s visit. The Gibbes is deeply appreciative of all of our sponsors, particularly Esther and James Ferguson, our lead sponsors who made this event possible.

Jim and Esther Ferguson with Christo

Jim and Esther Ferguson with Christo

 

Barbara Hearst, Carolyn Rivers, and Alice Wyatt

Barbara Hearst, Carolyn Rivers, and Alice Wyatt

 

Anton Vreede and Christo

Anton Vreede and Christo

 

Kevin Mauney, Helen Pratt-Thomas, Lucile Cogswell, Christo, and Michelle Mauney

Kevin Mooney, Helen Pratt-Thomas, Lucile Cogswell, Christo, and Michelle Mooney

 

Mickey Bakst and Esther Ferguson

Mickey Bakst and Esther Ferguson

 

Christo, Edith Howle, and Rick Throckmorton

Christo, Edith Howle, and Rick Throckmorton

 

Tippy Stern Brickman and Christo

Tippy Stern Brickman and Christo

 Photographs courtesy of Julia Lynn Photography.

Future Plans for the Gibbes

In case you missed Adam Parker’s article in Sunday’s Post and Courier, click here to read about renovation plans for the Gibbes Museum of Art, including renderings of new exhibition and education spaces in our historic building.  Exciting plans are in the works, so stay tuned!

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Radcliffe Bailey Wins 2010 Factor Prize for Southern Art

Congratulations are in order for mixed media artist Radcliffe Bailey who was named the 2010 winner of the Factor Prize for Southern Art and received the $10,000 cash prize that accompanies the award. Awarded annually by the Gibbes, the Factor 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. Bailey was selected from a group of six finalists that also included Aldwyth, Willie Birch, William Christenberry, Sally Mann, and Joyce Scott. To view work by these artists and to learn more about the Factor Prize, click here.

Windward Coast, 2009 (detail), by Radcliffe Bailey, piano keys, plaster bust, glitter, dimensions variable, courtesy of Solomon Projects

Windward Coast, 2009 (detail), by Radcliffe Bailey, piano keys, plaster bust, glitter, dimensions variable, courtesy of Solomon Projects