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Gibbes Museum of Art Announces Schedule of Exhibitions for Fiscal Year 2013

Wide Array of Exhibitions Slated

(June 27, 2012 - Charleston, South Carolina) – The Gibbes Museum of Art has announced the schedule of exhibitions on view throughout the museum’s fiscal year which runs July 1 through June 30. The roster includes exhibitions created from the museum’s extensive permanent collection, stellar private collections, as well as a traveling exhibition on loan from the Columbus Museum in Georgia. Main Gallery exhibitions feature iconic rock and roll photography, the personal collection of artist Jonathan Green and partner Richard Weedman, and a community-curated exhibition titled People’s Choice. Rotunda Gallery exhibitions feature the work of beloved Lowcountry sculptor Willard Hirsch, Civil Rights era images by nationally acclaimed photographer James Karales, and the watercolors of abstract artists Stephen Mueller and Carl Palazzolo, an exhibition offered in conjunction with Spoleto Festival USA.

“We are very excited about the upcoming year of diverse exhibitions and the programs that we will present in conjunction with them. The artists and themes we have chosen are meant to promote the relevance of the South in American art, which is at the heart of the museum’s mission. From the birth of Rock and Roll to the Civil Rights movement, art has played an import role in the cultural identity of the South,” noted Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack.

Throughout the summer, the museum has two special exhibitions on view – Mary Whyte: Working South in the Main Gallery and Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens of the South in the Rotunda Galleries. Both exhibitions are on view through September 9. In addition, a new selection of objects from the museum’s collection is on view throughout the museum in the permanent exhibition titled The Charleston Story.

Newly announced exhibitions are:

Sound and Vision: Monumental Rock and Roll Photography
September 21 – December 30, 2012, Main Gallery
This exhibition features the iconic leaders of rock and roll, blues, and hip-hop—distinctly American forms of music with Southern roots—in images taken over the past five decades by the foremost photographers of contemporary musicians.

Willard Hirsch: Charleston’s Sculptor
September 21 – December 30, 2012, Rotunda Galleries
As Charleston’s premier sculptor of the 20th century, this exhibition examines the body of work Willard Hirsch developed over the course of his fifty-year career.

Vibrant Vision: The Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman
January 11 – April 21, 2013, Main Gallery
Acclaimed artist Jonathan Green and his partner and studio director, Richard Weedman, have amassed an astonishing collection of works by African American, Caribbean, Latin American, and American artists that reflect the cultural diversity that has shaped American art since the 20th century.

Witness to History: Civil Rights Era Photographs by James Karales
January 11 – May 12, 2013, Rotunda Galleries
Engaged as a photo-journalist for Look magazine, acclaimed photographer James Karales witnessed and documented many historic events during the Civil Rights movement and created some of the era’s most iconic images.

People's Choice: A Community-Curated Exhibition
May 3 - September 15, 2013, Main Gallery
This spring, the museum is holding a participatory exhibition - and you are the curators! We are inviting you to select your favorite works from the museum’s permanent collection for exhibition in the Main Gallery. The selection process begins January 2013, please visit for details.

Stephen Mueller and Carl Palazzolo: The Spoleto Watercolors
From the Collection of David and Carol Rawle
A program of Spoleto Festival USA and the Gibbes Museum of Art

May 24 – September 15, 2013, Rotunda Galleries
This exhibition highlights the extraordinary body of work created in Charleston by nationally-recognized artists Stephen Mueller and Carl Palazzolo, who for over twenty years have visited the city during Spoleto Festival USA and created paintings inspired by their experiences.

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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