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Your support of the Gibbes Museum of Art – through membership, donations and volunteerism – ensures a bright future for the visual arts in Charleston. Explore the many ways to be involved with Charleston’s signature museum.


The Gibbes Museum of Art plays a vital role in the cultivation, preservation and advancement of the arts and art education in the greater Charleston metropolitan area. Joining the Gibbes ensures your involvement in the vibrant, dynamic community for the visual arts in the Lowcountry. We welcome your participation!

The Gibbes offers membership at various levels -- each designed to strengthen your involvement in Charleston's vibrant culture of creativity. For more information regarding membership categories and benefits, select either General Membership or the Museum Fellows Program. More

Gibbes Annual Fund

As the oldest arts institution in South Carolina, the Gibbes Museum of Art pursues a century-old tradition of excellence. Through our thought-provoking special exhibitions, presentation of and research on our significant permanent collection, and educational programs for all ages, the Gibbes is a true leader in the cultural and educational life of the Lowcountry and the South. More

Community Support

Support from the corporate community enables the Gibbes to present dynamic traveling exhibitions and host unique special events. Membership and sponsorship opportunities offer a variety of marketing benefits that positively position your business in front of the museum’s members and visitors.

Planned Giving

Many valuable volunteers, members and friends graciously remember the Gibbes in their wills with bequests of funds and/or works of art. Such gifts demonstrate the donor’s commitment to the Gibbes and the visual arts in Charleston and reflect the rich tradition of giving that is the foundation of the permanent collection and museum building. Over 95% of the collections ten thousand objects have been donated to the museum. Likewise, James S. Gibbes’ gift of $100,000 in 1905 built the beaux arts building that houses the collection. More

Auxiliary Groups

Society 1858
Society 1858 is 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. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

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. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. 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. Funds raised annually by Society 1858 support the Prize, as well as exhibition and educational programming at the Museum. Learn more about the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art.

Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858's exciting programs. To see upcoming Society 1858 events, click here.

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Women’s Council of the Carolina Art Association
The Women’s Council of the Carolina Art Association serves as a vital support system of the Gibbes Museum of Art. The Women’s Council volunteers time, talent and financial support to the museum. Its dedicated members also serve as liaisons between the Gibbes and both residents of and visitors to the Charleston community.More