What's Happening
at the Gibbes








Beyond the Darkroom Gallery Talks
Thursdays, April 24 and June 5, 2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Gibbes on the Street—East Meets West
Thursday, May 1, 7:30 - 10pm
$125 Museum Members, $150 Non-Members
All guests must be 21 years of age. Event will be held rain or shine.

Art With A Twist
Lunchtime Lecture: The Art of Entertaining with Domestic Deans Suzanne Pollak and Lee Manigault

Monday, May 12, Noon
$20 Members, $30 Non-Members

Old-time Photography: Tour and Black and White Film Demonstration
Saturday, May 17, 10am-1pm
$40 Museum, CCforP and Redux Members, $45 Non-Members (transportation not included)

  • Join Charleston Center for Photography Program Director Douglas Carr Cunningham for a private tour of Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st c. Then, make your way to Redux Contemporary Art Center for lunch and an old-time experience of taking a portrait with black and white film, while using a vintage Speed Graphic 4x5-inch press camera.

  • Follow the instruction of retro-film photographer Douglas Carr Cunningham, who will guide you through the process of simple portrait photography. You will photograph each other using instant black and white film!

  • Included in this demonstrative process is a tour of the darkroom at Redux Contemporary Art Center - how photography was done not long ago.

  • Location: Gibbes Museum of Art and Redux Contemporary Art Center (136 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC)

  • Advance registration required. Lunch provided.



John Westmark: Narratives Gallery Talks
Thursday, May 29, at 2:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

Art of Healing with John Westmark
Monday, June 2, 11am
$15 in advance, $18 at the door

  • A conversation and reception with artist John Westmark and Gibbes curator Pam Wall, moderated by Dr. Jeb Hallett, Roper St. Francis surgeon, around the exhibition, John Westmark: Narratives. Sponsored by Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Whole Foods.



Art History: Paleolithic Period to Greek Art
Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 11am-12:30pm
$20 Museum Members (per class), $25 Non-Members (per class)
$85 Museum Members (per 6-class session), $100 Non-Members (per 6-class session)

  • Dr. Steve Gavel will employ a global approach when discussing artifacts and the techniques developed by craftsmen and artisans. High quality digital images will be used to illustrate and inform the discussion.

  • Dr. Gavel holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Virginia. He has lectured widely and has taught numerous courses at the University of Virginia and the College of Charleston.

  • Apr 1: Paleolithic, Apr 8: Neolithic, Apr 15: Near East and India, Apr 22: Egypt, Apr 29: Minoan/Mycenaean, May 6: Greek

  • Bagged lunches are welcome.

  • Location: Gibbes Museum of Art Welcome Gallery

  • Download a registration form (PDF).

  • For more registration information contact Rebecca Sailor at or call 843-722-2706 x41.


Summer Art Camp for Children Ages 4 – 7 and 8 – 12
June 9-12, June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, Aug 4-8
$175 Museum Members, $200 Non-Members

  • Campers will work with practicing artists and museum teachers, explore the museum’s galleries for inspiration, and create their own fantastic artwork!

  • Classes will be held across from the museum at the Circular Congregational Church. Campers will meet at the Gibbes each morning.

  • Download an application form (PDF).

  • Contact Rebecca Sailor at or 843-722-2706 x41 for more information.


Annual Sponsors


Docent Guided Tours
Every Friday at 2:30pm
Free with museum admission.

  • Museum docents lead 30 minute tours through the museum's collection and special exhibition galleries.

  • Tours begin in the Gibbes' Welcome Gallery promptly at 2:30pm.

  • Reservations are not required. Groups of 10 or more must schedule a tour in advance. Learn more about Group Tours.

Group Tours for K - 12 Grade Students

  • The Gibbes Museum of Art is committed to enhancing school curricula through the arts. In support of that mission, the Gibbes offers specialized tours and workshops for K - 12 grade students in the Charleston Tri-County area. Addressing key themes and ideas found in the Gibbes permanent collection and traveling exhibitions, these interactive programs are designed to encourage critical thinking and visual literacy skills while addressing South Carolina Learning Standards.

  • See a list of tour topics for K - 12 Grade Groups, as well as pricing information and registration details.

Charleston Renaissance (1915) to Today
Daily by appointment
The ticket price of $55 includes the Gibbes Renaissance tour with readmission to the museum, a visit to six galleries, champagne, chocolate and gift bag.

  • Charleston Art Tours offers this intimate tour that starts at the Gibbes with an overview of the Charleston Renaissance period, followed by a guided walking tour of galleries throughout the French Quarter.

  • For reservations call 843-860-3327 or visit

Art Lovers' Private Access Package (Accommodations and Private Tour)
By reservation at Charleston Place Hotel
Package Rates: from $320 per room, per night includes:
•Luxury accommodations
•Private access tour for two of the Gibbes Museum of Art
•$40 credit towards à la carte breakfast for two in the Palmetto Café daily
•Valet parking for one car
•High speed Internet access
•Daily newspaper

  • Spend a Sunday night in complete luxury at Charleston Place Hotel, followed by breakfast Monday morning at the Four Diamond Palmetto Café, and then take a one-block stroll down Meeting Street to the Beaux Arts splendor of the Gibbes Museum of Art. Closed to the public on Mondays, Charleston’s signature art museum will open its doors to you for a private Curator-led tour of Charleston’s treasures.

  • To book your special rates simply enter GIBBES into the field "Got a Promotion Code" as you search your dates and your rate will automatically return if it is available.

  • Please Note: Rates do not include taxes or gratuities, package is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offers or packages.

  • The Gibbes Museum of Art tour is not available on Mondays that are federal holidays

Romantic Spirits Package
January 17 – March 23, 2014
Celebrate the month of love and surprise your special someone with a romantic getaway to Charleston and the intimate Elliott House Inn.
Explore the Romantic Movement as it unfolded in fine art of the American South with a private curator-led tour for two of the Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection at the Gibbes Museum of Art. Retire back to your room and indulge in a bottle of wine, chocolate truffles and the company of your loved one.
This package features:

  • Deluxe Accommodations

  • Private curator-led tour for two of the Romantic Spirits exhibit at the Gibbes Museum of Art (January 17 – March 23)

  • Bottle of Wine

  • Box of chocolates

  • An authentic Charleston sweetgrass rose

  • Continental breakfast delivered to your guestroom or served in our courtyard


Quarterly Lectures/Events
The Women's Council schedules special member events quarterly
For information and/or to reserve your place, contact Joanne Harth at (843) 696-7717.

  • The Women's Council of the Gibbes Museum of Art presents quarterly programs that are open to the public by reservation through a Women's Council member. These programs are free for prospective members of the Women's Council and the Gibbes Museum of Art.