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Sixth Annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award

Gibbes Museum of Art Accepting Online Entries for 2013 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award through March 1

Sixth Annual Mary Whyte Art Educator Award will be awarded in May
(February 19, 2013 - Charleston, South Carolina) – For the sixth year, the Gibbes Museum of Art will award the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award to a high school visual art teacher in South Carolina school districts who has demonstrated superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is administered and presented annually by the Gibbes Museum of Art. Entries for the annual award and $2,500 cash prize can be made exclusively online at through March 1, 2013. Artists who have applied previously for the Mary Whyte award must update their online entry form in order to remain eligible for the 2013 award.

Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendents of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections, as well as in the permanent collections of the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Her paintings have been featured in International Artist, Artist, American Artist, Watercolor, and American Art Collector, L\'Art de Aquarelle, and numerous other publications. Whyte is the author of Alfreda\'s World, a compilation of her Gullah paintings, as well as An Artist\'s Way of Seeing, Watercolor for the Serious Beginner, Watercolor Portraits and Figures, and Working South. Her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, where her husband, Smith Coleman, manages the gallery and makes gilded and carved frames. Whyte is the 2013 recipient of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award.

In 2007, Mary Whyte established an award to honor an arts educator in the Charleston region. In 2008, Mary joined forces with the Gibbes Museum of Art to establish the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award. This year the award is being offered to educators throughout the state. The review panel will select the finalists in March, and the Gibbes Museum of Art will announce the winner at the museum’s Annual Meeting and Celebration in May, 2013.

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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