For Immediate Release
Gibbes Museum of Art Names Angela D. Mack as New Executive Director
(Charleston, SC) –The Board of Directors of The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Angela D. Mack, assumed the position of Executive Director on May 1, 2008. During her twenty-year tenure at the Gibbes, Ms. Mack has guided its collection mission in American art of the South with significant acquisitions as Dutch Wives, 1977, by Jasper Johns, Bombardment of Fort Sumter, 1886, by William Aiken Walker, Corene, 1995, by Jonathan Green, and the video installation object entitled “Like Tears in Rain,” 2006, by Janet Biggs.
"We are especially pleased that Angela has agreed to become the new Executive Director,” said President, Thomas S. White. “In her years as curator, she has been devoted to promoting the importance of the Gibbes as the steward of Charleston's visual history. This, together with her intimate knowledge of the museum's collection and understanding of the community it serves, places her in an ideal position to lead the Gibbes in the years to come."
Ms. Mack is curator of the 2008 traveling exhibition Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art recently on view at the University of Virginia Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA. The exhibition will open at the Gibbes on May 9. Additionally, Ms. Mack has organized or provided curatorial oversight for over three hundred exhibitions at the Gibbes that have included works by such artists as Louis Nevelson, Roy Lichtenstein, Larry River, Sol LeWitt, Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, John James Audubon, and Lorna Simpson. In addition, she has served as a consultant for numerous city wide arts initiatives including the recent reinstallation design for the art collection at Charleston’s historic City Hall.
Ms. Mack’s publications include Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art, (2007) Edward Hopper in Charleston (2006), Henry Benbridge (1743-1812): Charleston Portrait Painter (2000) , the award winning In Pursuit of Refinement: Charlestonians Abroad, 1740-1860 (1999), Merton Simpson: The Journey of an Artists (1995), and Corrie McCallum: A Life in Art (1995). Her essay in the 2001 publication Charleston in My Time: The Paintings of West Fraser is the first comprehensive survey of landscape painting in South Carolina. A contributor to several periodicals, she has written articles for The Magazine Antiques, Sculpture Magazine, American Art Review, and South Carolina Historical Society Magazine, and prepared several entries for The South Carolina Encyclopedia (2006) edited by Dr. Walter Edgar.
Ms. Mack serves on the Board of the Charleston Civic Design Foundation and is a member of the Arts and History Commission for the City of Charleston.
GIBBES MUSEUM OF 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.
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