For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Mercer
Marketing and Communications Manager
843-722-2706 ext. 38


Gibbes Museum of Art Offers Summer Workshops and Programming on Two Campuses

Programs Offered for Adults Downtown and in Mount Pleasant

(Charleston, SC) –The Gibbes Museum of Art is offering workshops and special programs in photography, sculpting and drawing throughout the summer at two locations. Sculpting classes and a drawing marathon will be held at the downtown museum location and photography will be the focus in Mount Pleasant at Shelmore Village, an innovative live + work community located adjacent to Mt. Pleasant’s I’On neighborhood.


Celebrate Rodin – Summer Sculpting Workshop
Saturdays in June 10am – 1pm
$35 per Saturday for museum members/ $40 per Saturday for non members plus $40 materials fee
Participants explore the Gibbes current exhibition Rodin: In His Own Words through the eyes of an artist in these special hands-on workshops. Participants work with clay and learn the sculptural concepts of proportion, anatomy, and how to depict the human form in three dimensions. Completed work is fired at the end of June. This class is for adult artists of all levels (students 16 and older may participate).

Celebrate Rodin - Figure Drawing Marathon
Saturday, August 11, 2007 10am – 5pm
$20 for museum members/ $25 non members
This is an all-day drawing marathon. Participants will choose to work from the figure (nude and costumed) in gradual movement, 10-minute, 30-minute and 1-hour poses. This is an opportunity for artists to connect with one another and hone their figure drawing skills. This class is for adult artists of all levels (students 16 and older may participate).


The Gibbes Museum of Art at Shelmore Village will offer a series of photography workshops, open studio hours with photographer and artist-in-residence Donna Hurt, and a student photography exhibition at the end of the summer. Donna received her MFA in Photography from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Meet the Artists Reception
Saturday, June 23, 2007
11am – 1pm
Attendees at this casual family-friendly reception will learn about the work of artist-in-residence Donna Hurt and will find out about the digital photography classes that will be offered by the Gibbes at Shelmore Village.

Open Studio Hours
June 30 – August 18
1:00 – 2:00pm
Stop in and see Donna’s works in progress and discuss what it means to be an artist today.

Intro to Digital Photography Classes
Tuesday and Thursdays, 6-7:30pm
Session I: July 10 – August 2
Session II: August 7 – August 30
Location: Gibbes Studio at Shelmore Village
Instructor: Donna Hurt
Cost: $220 museum members, $240 non members plus $20 printing fee

Participants will learn the basics of digital photography from artist Donna Hurt. This course is specially designed for the new photographer and will cover basic use of camera and settings, image downloading, and Photoshop.
Participants must have a SLR digital camera and a jump drive.

Advanced Digital Photography Classes
Saturdays, 10am – 1pm
Session 1: July 7 – July 28
Session II: August 4 – August 25
Location: Gibbes Studio at Shelmore Village
Instructor: Donna Hurt
Cost: $220 museum members, $240 non members plus $20 printing fee

Designed for the photographer with knowledge of the digital camera, this four week course will build existing skills. Participants will learn how to use the camera and Photoshop to create artistic imagery. Participants will work collaboratively with the staff to curate their work for the August Gibbes Studio at Shelmore exhibition.
Participants must have a SLR digital camera and a jump drive.

Gibbes Studio at Shelmore Summer Exhibition
Saturday, September 8
Noon to 4pm
Celebrate the work of Donna Hurt and student artists who participated in the summer workshop series during this afternoon celebration and exhibition at Shelmore Village.

Those interested in participating in any of the programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art or Shelmore Village, should call 843-722-2706 ext. 41 or send an e-mail to

Offering 41 three-story town homes designed to accommodate commercial ventures on the ground floor with unique living spaces on the upper floors, Shelmore Village harkens back to Charleston’s early mercantile districts in both its architecture and way of life.

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.

TUESDAY - SATURDAY: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M., SUNDAY: 1 P.M. - 5 P.M.


135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401