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Gibbes Museum of Art Receives $175,000 from Gibbes, etc.

Donation to Support Several Upcoming Exhibitions and School Art Program

(Charleston, SC) – In May, the organization Gibbes, etc. presented the Gibbes Museum of Art with a gift of $175,000 to underwrite several upcoming traveling exhibitions and Art to Go, a program that takes art into the public schools.

“We’re grateful for the ongoing support of Gibbes, etc. This generous donation will allow us to create a community art education program on Johns Island and will ensure that we can continue to bring exceptional traveling exhibitions to the museum” said Todd Smith, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Gibbes, etc. is a group of Kiawah Island women dedicated to supporting the Gibbes Museum of Art. The group was founded in January 2001 by Ellen Walkley, Ruth Baker, Ann Trees and Cathy Marino. Members gather monthly to enjoy a variety of programs and speakers that range from medical research to current artists. The organization also hosts the Kiawah Island Annual Art and House Tour each spring, and proceeds from the house tour benefit the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Throughout the seven years of the annual Kiawah house tour, Gibbes, etc. has presented the Gibbes with over $450,000 to fund traveling exhibitions. This year's gift of $175,000 will support the Art to Go school program as well as current and upcoming exhibitions at the museum that include Rodin: In His Own Words, Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, Lorna Simpson, William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005, and Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art.

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