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Gibbes Museum of Art Announces Winners At 2010 Annual Meeting Celebration

Winners of the Factor Prize, Art Educator Award, and Philanthropy Award Recognized at Annual Gathering

(May 3, 2010 - Charleston, South Carolina) - On Monday, May 3, the Gibbes Museum of Art announced the winners of the 2010 Factor Prize for Southern Art, the 2010 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award, and the 2010 Philanthropy Award at the museum’s Annual Meeting Celebration.

Elizabeth and Mallory Factor Prize for Southern Art
Mixed media artist Radcliffe Bailey was on hand to receive the 2010 Factor Prize and the $10,000 cash prize that accompanies the award. The Factor Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. A native of Bridgeton, New Jersey, Bailey lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1991. Greatly inspired by jazz music, he is best known for his mixed media works and site-specific installations that explore his personal background and the history of African Americans. Bailey’s work is included in the collections of many prestigious organizations including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the High Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Gibbes Museum of Art.

Throughout the year, artists were nominated or could self-nominate for the Prize online at In March, seven panelists narrowed the list to six finalists who along with Bailey included Aldwyth, Willie Birch, William Christenberry, Sally Mann, and Joyce Scott.

Mary Whyte Art Educator Award
Anne Cimballa, an art teacher for grades 7, 9, and 10 at the Charleston County School of the Arts received the 2010 Art Educator Award and the $1,000 cash prize that accompanies the award. Established in 2007, the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award is designed to recognize a high school visual art teacher in the tri-county area who has demonstrated superior commitment to his or her students and craft. Ms. Cimballa submitted the lesson plan Palette Knife Painting Inspired by the Works of Brian Rutenberg. Students visited the Gibbes exhibition Brian Rutenberg: Tidesong and created original landscape paintings using their own photos of the Lowcountry while painting with palette knives in the style of Rutenberg.

High school teachers in the Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester school districts submitted lesson plans and examples of work after completing an online application on the Gibbes website ( In addition to Cimballa, the other finalists this year were Dan O’Brien of West Ashley High School and Mary Catherine Middleton of Wando High School.

James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award
Jim and Esther Ferguson were recognized as the winners of the second annual Gibbes Philanthropy Award. The Fergusons are long-time supporters of the museum and their personal art collection is currently on view at the Gibbes in the exhibition Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection. The Fergusons made the lead gift in the successful campaign to bring the artist Christo to Charleston. On April 13, the world-renowned artist gave a lecture and presentation to a sold-out crowd at Memminger Auditorium. The Fergusons are personal friends of Christo and own two of his objects that are part of the special exhibition at the Gibbes.

At the celebration, a special Corporate Philanthropy Award was presented to BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Ann Burnett, Vice President of Health Network Services, was on hand to accept the award for BlueCross BlueShield.

New Board Members Announced
In addition to the award winners, the Gibbes board welcomed nine new members to their ranks. New members are Jill Almeida, William Beadleston, David J. Cohen, Eleanor Hale, Rhett Ramsay Outten, Sarah J. Smith, Susan M. Smythe, Kathryn J. Wendell, and Charles L. Wyrick.

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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