For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Mercer
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843-722-2706 ext. 38


Society 1858 Presents Studio 58: Your Ticket to the Arts Beyond the Velvet Rope

Annual Winter Party

(February 7, Charleston, SC) – The Gibbes Museum of Art and Society 1858 are pleased to present Studio 58: Your Ticket to the Arts Beyond the Velvet Rope. Inspired by the iconic Studio 54 club scene in New York City, this party celebrates the launch of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Guests will enjoy live music from DJ Jeff, dancing, cocktails from Cathead Vodka, Westbrook Brewery and The Wine Shop, and tasty treats from Cru Catering at this legendary winter celebration! “Our annual winter party gets bigger and better each year,” says Society 1858 President Amy Coy. “This cutting-edge event will stimulate all your senses as we blend art and entertainment.”

Society 1858 is a group of dynamic young professionals who support the Gibbes Museum of Art with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. Membership to Society 1858 is open to any member of the Gibbes Museum of Art. Society 1858 takes its name from the year that the Carolina Art Association was established. Although the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors in 1905, the museum’s art collection began in 1858. Society 1858 aims to continue the strong legacy of art appreciation in Charleston. Members of Society 1858 have access to private exhibition previews and receptions, invitations to social events throughout the year, and free or reduced admission to Society 1858’s exciting programs.

Society 1858 is sponsored by Wells Fargo, MUSC, Maybank Industries, and Marnie and Marc Chardon.

Friday, February 7, 8-11pm
$50 1858 Members, $80 Non-Members
$110 combo ticket includes Gibbes membership , 1858 dues, and a party ticket ($120 value).

For details and to purchase tickets go to or call 843.722.2706 x21.

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. 

Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or Southern connection and presents special exhibitions annually. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives.

As the aesthetic heart of the Lowcountry, the Gibbes serves the community by stimulating creative expression, increasing economic vitality through tourism, and improving the region’s superb quality of life.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401