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The Gibbes Museum of Art Presents The Art of Healing

With John Westmark and Linda Austin

In partnership with Roper St. Francis, the Art of Healing series includes conversations, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and an initiative that is providing art to aid in the healing of patients who must spend extended periods of time at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital. “We are pleased to present a variety of programs to the public and to engage the community in the ongoing conversation about art and healing. This discussion with artist John Westmark and psychiatrist Linda Austin will highlight the captivating connections between art, history, and healing as seen through the exhibition, John Westmark: Narratives,” says Gibbes Museum Executive Director, Angela Mack.

John Westmark’s work has been exhibited widely and is held in collections worldwide. In 2011, he was awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant and was selected as a finalist for the Arte Laguna painting prize and exhibition in Venice, Italy. In 2012, John was awarded the Factor Prize by the Gibbes, now renamed the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. The prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the American South. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, American Art Collector, Studio Visit Magazine and Surface Design Journal. John received an MFA from the University of Florida and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. He currently lives and works in Gainesville, Florida.

Dr. Linda Austin is a psychiatrist in private practice in Charleston, SC. Dr. Austin is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at MUSC, where she served for over twenty years producing media-based programs to educate the public about mental health. She is best known for hosting the nationally syndicated public radio program, What’s On Your Mind? for thirteen years and for producing four award-winning film documentaries about mental illness. She has written three books and was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show for the book, What’s Holding You Back? Eight Critical Steps for Women’s Success. She has been honored for her work by being selected one the National Medical Library’s women physicians in its touring exhibit, Changing the Face of Medicine.

Tuesday, June 2, 11am: Art of Healing with John Westmark and Dr. Linda Austin moderated by Dr. Jeb Hallett, Roper St. Francis surgeon, around the exhibition John Westmark: Narratives. Sponsored by Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Whole Foods.
$35 Museum Members, $45 Non-Members
For details and to purchase tickets please visit
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 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