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The Gibbes Museum of Art Launches State-of-the-Art Website

Newly Enhanced Site Allows Unprecedented Interaction with Newly Enhanced Site Allows Unprecedented Interaction with Museum’s Extensive Permanent Collection

(October 28, 2008 - Charleston, SC) – After two years of development, the Gibbes Museum of Art has launched a highly interactive website at The intent of the upgraded website is to make the museum’s rich collection accessible to a wide audience. The Gibbes Museum of Art collects, preserves and interprets the art of Charleston, the Lowcountry and the American South from the colonial era through today.

The Gibbes website features themed tours from the museum’s extensive collection that encompass early American, Modern and Contemporary objects, a component called Just for Educator’s that allows teachers to create their own virtual gallery and a research option that allows users to search the Gibbes’ collection by keyword. A highlight of the new website is the Explore/Interactions section in which signature works of art from the Gibbes collection act as launching points for an in-depth exploration of the artists, subjects, and styles that have shaped American art of the South. The Interactions offer animation, video, and fun activities that allow visitors to create landscapes, woodblock prints, miniature portraits and more.

“Our newly completed website offers amazing opportunities for children, families, educators and lifelong learners. Whether you are planning a trip to the Gibbes or just want to see what we are all about, the website provides a compelling experience. We hope that art lovers of all ages will explore and enjoy,” said Gibbes Executive Director Angela D. Mack.

The enhanced Gibbes website was funded by the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation, the Ceres Foundation and the Women’s Council of the Carolina Art Association.

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