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The Gibbes Museum of Art Names Elliott DeMerell as Director of Development

August 19, 2008 - Charleston, SC - The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Elliott DeMerell has been named Director of Development and will assume his new position at the Gibbes on September 15, 2008. Mr. DeMerell joins the Gibbes from the Children’s Home Society and Family Services of Saint Paul, Minnesota where he served as Senior Development Officer. Prior to his position with the Children’s Home Society, DeMerell worked in development positions with the St. Paul College of Visual Arts, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Science Museum of Virginia and the South Carolina State Museum.

DeMerell is a native Charlestonian who was raised one block from the Gibbes above his family art gallery and frame shop. According to DeMerell, “I grew up taking art classes at the Gibbes and have always had a personal connection to the Gibbes and the local arts community. I’m delighted and excited to be able to bring my experience from several major museums around the country to further the Gibbes’ mission of supporting the arts in Charleston.”

"We are so pleased that Elliott was interested in returning home to Charleston with the goal of working at the Gibbes. He brings a vast knowledge of institutional development from some impressive institutions and we are looking forward to his contributions to the museum and the community,” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack.

Mr. DeMerell is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has been a member of the American Association of Museums since 1993.

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.

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