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"Army Wives" Cast Members Brian McNamara, Terry Serpico, and Katelyn Pippy to Join Two Real Life Army Wives for a Private Tour of the Gibbes Museum of Art on Friday, July 9 at 9:30am

The Gibbes is one of 850 Blue Star Museums across the country offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer

“Army Wives” cast members Brian McNamara, Terry Serpico, and Katelyn Pippy will join author and military spouse Sue Hoppin and military spouse Lisa Ripa for a private tour of the Gibbes Museum of Art on Friday, July 9, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and more than 850 museums across America offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families this summer; details at

“Army Wives” is filmed in Charleston, South Carolina, and the GIbbes Museum of Art is located along the Museum Mile in Charleston’s historic district.

- “Army Wives” cast members Brian McNamara (“Major General Michael Holden”), Terry Serpico (“Colonel Frank Sherwood”), and Katelyn Pippy (“Emmalin Holden,” Major General Holden’s teenage daughter)
- Sue Hoppin and her son. Hoppin is the wife of an Air Force officer; founder and president of the National Military Spouse network; and author of A Family’s Guide to the Military
- Lisa Ripa and her two children, whose husband and father is an Army Major deployed for his third tour
- Robert Frankel, NEA Director of Museums and Visual Arts
- Bret Lott, NEA National Council of the Arts Member, author, and Professor of English at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina
- Angela Mack, Executive Director and Chief Curator, the Gibbes Museum
- Ellen Dressler Moryl, Director, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

The Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina

Friday, July 9, 2010
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.: guided tour, leaving from the steps of the Gibbes Museum
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.: press availability and Q&A

CONTACT: Media must R.S.V.P. to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs, at, 202-536-7162 (Blackberry) or 202-682-5606 (office).

Media may cover the tour of Gibbes Museum exhibits with military families, “Army Wives” cast members, and other special guests. Post-tour press availability including photo and interview opportunities with military families and “Army Wives” cast members and other special guests.

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