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The Gibbes Museum of Art Hosts Charleston Renaissance Symposium

Symposium Kicks Off Opening of Alfred Hutty Exhibition on January 20

(January 6, 2012- Charleston, South Carolina) – The Gibbes Museum of Art will kick off the opening of the special exhibition The Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston with a symposium on Friday, January 20, that both celebrates the renowned Charleston Renaissance artist and sheds light on this era of heightened creativity. The Charleston Renaissance, a period of time between the two world wars, was largely the creation of a small community of artists that played an important role in redefining Charleston’s cultural heritage. The exhibition The Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston will be on view in the Main Gallery of the Gibbes Museum of Art from January 20 through April 22 before traveling to the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of Art and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia.

Rebirth, Refinement, and Rivalry: A Charleston Renaissance Symposium will feature the contributors of the newly published The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty as well as other scholars. The book and exhibition catalog is edited by Gibbes Curator of Collections Sara C. Arnold and Stephen G. Hoffius and features essays by Arnold, Alexis L. Boylan, Harlan Greene, and Edith Howle. The symposium, held in the museum’s Garden Gallery and moderated by Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack, will feature five speakers, a roundtable discussion of art collectors, and a book signing. Tickets are available for the morning and afternoon speaker sessions and the roundtable discussion. The book signing at 3pm is open to the public and does not require a ticket.

The schedule for the January 20 symposium follows:

9am Continental Breakfast

9:15am Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston and Back Again,
Sara Arnold, Curator of Collections, Gibbes Museum of Art
A new look at this master painter and printmaker reveals his prolific body of work and his significant impact on two different art colonies of the early twentieth century.

10:15am Tourist Trap? Tourism, Memory, and Art
Alexis L. Boylan, Professor of Art History, University of Connecticut
Many of us like to purchase a painting or print while traveling to remind us of a pleasant vacation. These images, however, are part of a larger tourist economy and shape both personal and public memory about cities and regions. Boylan will discuss tourism and its impact on visual culture and artistic production during the Charleston Renaissance and beyond.

11:15am Reconsidering Regionalism: Prints Inspired by the South
Lynn Barstis Williams Katz, scholar
Katz will discuss the transition between traditional early regionalists like Alfred Hutty to the post 1950 era, emphasizing those printmakers that referenced the South in innovative modernist styles.

1:15pm Renaissance Rivalries
Harlan Greene, Senior Manuscript and Reference Archivist, College of Charleston
The artists in town were often seen as ambassadors of the city, putting Charleston first. But who came next? A battle as to who best represented the city was waged across gender lines, and between insiders and outsiders.

2:15pm Collectors’ Roundtable: Led by Edith Howle
Laura Crockett, Edith Howle, Leonard Long, Jason Schoen, and Louis Wright
Learn the pleasures and challenges of building a personal art collection from a panel of experienced collectors.

3pm Book Signing
The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston
All authors will be on site. To pre-purchase copies of the book, contact the
Gibbes Museum Store at 843.722.2706, ext. 10, or purchase online at

Tickets for the Morning Session from 9am – 12noon are $40 for museum members and students, $65 non-members. Tickets for the Afternoon Session from 1:15 – 2:45pm are also $40 for museum members and students and $65 non-members. Tickets for full day (9am – 2:45pm) are $75 for museum members and students and $120 non-members. Tickets include continental breakfast (morning session), light snacks, and beverages. To purchase tickets, visit or call 843.722.2706, ext. 22. Limited seating available, advance purchase is recommended.
Audio services for this event are provided by PDA.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

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