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Gibbes Museum of Art Announces Winners At 2013 Annual Meeting Celebration

Winners of the Art Educator Award, and Philanthropy Award Recognized at Annual Gathering

(Charleston, SC) – On Monday, May 13, the Gibbes Museum of Art welcomed nine new Board members and announced the winners of the 2013 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award, and the 2013 Philanthropy Award at the museum’s Annual Meeting Celebration.

Mary Whyte Art Educator Award – Established in 2007, the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award is designed to highlight a high school visual art teacher in the state of South Carolina who demonstrates superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and is administered and presented annually by the Gibbes. This year’s winner is Ashley Webb from Wando High School. Ashley is here to accept her award along with her family and principal

Ms. Webb submitted a lesson plan to encourage students to reflect on their family unit and to create compositions that were organizationally sound as well as visually symbolic of their family unit. This was a very personal lesson for the students and in some cases, the students really dealt with deep rooted issues from childhood to adolescence. Upon completion of the lesson, students participated in a formal class critique. “This critique was one of the most powerful critiques I have experienced in her ten years of teaching. There were moments of joy and laughter and moments of sadness and empathy,” says Ms. Webb.

Ashley Webb earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Clemson University, BFA (cum laude) in 2001, and her M.Ed in Secondary Administration (suma cum laude), from The Citadel in 2008. She is a Member of the Alumni Association, and holds an Advanced Placement Studio Arts Certification. In 2009 she earned a National Board Certification in Secondary Art and has a Master’s + 30.

The Mary Whyte Art Educator Award is named for renowned Charleston watercolorist and donor Mary Whyte. Additional support of the Award comes from the Cynthia Schell Charitable Trust.

James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award – Each year the Board and staff of the CAA bestows on an individual or group the James Schoolbred Gibbes Philanthropy Award. Gibbes was deeply devoted to the betterment of Charleston’s young creative minds in the aftermath of Reconstruction. Through his 1885 bequest of $100K, which in today’s dollars is valued at $2.5M, Gibbes launched what we know today as the Gibbes Museum of Art. His generosity and vision set the state for the visual arts in Charleston by providing the funds to build the oldest art museum in the South.

This year’s winners are known for their support of contemporary visual artists and they are passing their philanthropy to their daughter and her family. Their generosity to the Gibbes began in 2001 with a contribution to help purchase the Bombardment of Fort Sumter by William Aiken Walker, and in 2007 they made possible the purchase of a major work by Mary Whyte entitled The Artist. Since 2004 they have made repeated gifts to build The Vreede Collecton of James Whistler prints at the Gibbes, and this year they provided us with two more. This is all in addition to their many financial contributions, their service on the Board of Directors and Collections Committee. It is my pleasure to announce Caroline and Tom Vreede as recipients of the 2013 James Gibbes Philanthropy Award.

Dr. Anton Vreede – Graduated from Medical School at the University of Amsterdam in 1957. He was a Medical Officer in the Royal Dutch Navy, from 1957-59. Vreede immigrated to the United States in 1959. He finished specialty training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and practiced General and Vascular Surgery in Binghamton, NY from 1967 until retirement in 1995. He served as Chairman of the Surgical Department and was Vice President of the Medical Staff of two area hospitals; a member of the Board of Directors of United Health Services for 10 years; was President of the Broome County Medical Society; member of the Advisory Board of Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of Central New York, and Clinical Professor in Surgery at SUNY Binghamton. Vreede married his wife Caroline in Binghamton, NY in 1968, and moved permanently to Kiawah Island in 2001 in order to be close to their daughter Janneke, her husband and two grandchildren.

New Board Members Announced
The Board of Directors of the Gibbes Museum of Art welcomed eight new members to their ranks. New members are David Adams, Ann Burnett, Esther Ferguson, Shannon Gillespie, Leonard Hutchison, Lucinda Lenhardt, Catherine Smith, and Andrea Volpe.

2013-2014 Officers

President Laura Gates
First Vice President Jill Almeida
Second Vice President John Hallett
Secretary Harriet Smartt
Treasurer Eleanor Hale
Immediate Past President Allan Anderson

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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