at the Gibbes!

Just for Educators


The Gibbes recognizes teachers as valuable partners in the field of education. To support them,the museum offers a range of programs and resources developed to help teachers forge their own personal connection with the arts while creating an interdisciplinary perspective for their students. This is accomplished by offering a range of programs and resources to educators each exhibition season including the Gibbes Educator’s Institute, Teacher Workshops, Pre-Visit Materials, Educator Passes, and on-line curriculum sharing.

The Mary Whyte Art Educator Award
Established in 2007, the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in the tri-county Charleston area (Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester school districts) who has demonstrated superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $1,000 and is administered and presented annually.

Past winners are: Dona Dowling (2008), Dayton Colie (2009) and Anne Cimballa (2010).

Click here to visit the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award website.

Teacher Workshops
Join the Gibbes’ professional development workshops for K-12 educators. This is a great opportunity for teachers in all disciplines to explore current exhibitions; design interdisciplinary curricula in collaboration with their peers; meet artists, scholars, and writers; and develop an individual relationship with the arts. Everyone who attends will walk away with strategies and materials that can be used in the classroom!

Please contact the Education Department at 722.2706, ext. 41

Educator Passes
Educators planning a visit to the Gibbes are provided Educator Passes, allowing free admission to the museum. Educator Passes are included in tour confirmation materials to encourage teachers to preview exhibitions in preparation for their visit. Each pass can be used once, and must be turned in at the time of redemption.

Share your curriculum on-line!
Become a resource for your peers while showing off student work. Post your curriculum ideas and samples of student projects here!

Pre-Visit Materials
Prepare your class for your next visit to the Gibbes Museum of Art! Use these in-class discussions and inter-disciplinary activities to introduce vocabulary, themes, and ideas to be explored during your upcoming tour. This is a great opportunity to lay the foundation for your visit to the Gibbes’ galleries.