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Special Exhibition at the Gibbes

People’s Choice: A Community Curated Exhibition

Charleston, South Carolina) – From May 3 – September 15, 2013, the Gibbes Museum of Art presents People’s Choice: A Community Curated Exhibition. This exhibition seeks to engage members of the community, inviting all to stake a personal claim in Charleston’s signature museum by voting for favorite works of art on the People’s Choice website.

In an effort to gather a variety of voices and diverse opinions, we invited notable people from Charleston and beyond including Mayor Joseph P. Riley, renowned chef Nathalie Dupree, and event designer extraordinaire, Tara Guerard, to share thoughts, opinions and feelings about art. We asked questions such as: Why is art important in your life? What is your first memory of art? and, why are museums important to you? The answers have been inspiring and refreshing. “This exhibition is unlike anything we’ve done before,” says Executive Director Angela Mack. “While many Charlestonians are familiar with the Gibbes, there are people who are unaware of the depth and scope of our permanent collection. Our hope is that People’s Choice will engage members of the community to peruse the works of art and vote on their favorites. Through this process, we expect to learn more about the type of art that matters to our community.”

Voting began on March 1, 2013, and continued through the end of month. Participants were able to select from a virtual gallery featuring 140 works of art from the museum’s permanent collection including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and photography. In addition to their valuable vote, we encouraged visitors to share a few words about their selections. At the end of the month the votes were tallied and top picks will be curated into the People’s Choice exhibition. On May 3, participants will be able to view the community’s top picks on the walls of the Gibbes.

Related Programing and Special Events:

Thursday, May 2, 7:30 – 10:00pm: Fourth Annual Street Party
Enjoy culinary delights from Charleston’s top chefs, an open bar, and dancing in the middle of Meeting Street! Help us celebrate the opening of People’s Choice: A Community Curated Exhibition.
Museum Members $100, Non-Members $135
Sponsor $1000, includes 2 tickets to the VIP cocktail reception on April 28, 2013 and two tickets to the Street Party.
For tickets: 843.722.2706 x 21, or visit:

May 3, 10am – 5 pm: Free admission in celebration of the opening of People’s Choice.

May 9 at 2:30pm: Gallery tour of People’s Choice. Free with museum admission.

June 20 at 2:30pm: Gallery tour of People’s Choice. Free with museum admission.

People's Choice is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, William Means Real Estate, Charleston Magazine and Blue Ion.

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.

135 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC | 29401