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Gibbes Museum of Art Receives Grant from South Carolina Arts Commission

(November 16, 2010 - Charleston, SC) – The Gibbes Museum of Art has been awarded $8,553 by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The grant will support museum programming including the upcoming exhibition J. Henry Fair: Industrial Scars. The exhibition, which opens December 17, features large-scale aerial photographs by Charleston native J. Henry Fair. The artist’s arresting images document environmental degradation caused by industrial processes.

The Gibbes Museum of Art is committed to developing multi-dimensional education and outreach programs that expand the concept of the museum experience, while addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse audience. Funding by the South Carolina Arts Commission will allow the Gibbes to further its mission of interpreting and presenting the arts and culture of Charleston and the Lowcountry to both traditional and new museum visitors.

“The S.C. Arts Commission grant will enable the museum to share the Industrial Scars exhibition with museum visitors including school groups in the tri-county region. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity for students to learn about the environment through art and we are excited to be able to share the work of such an accomplished photographer,” said Angela Mack, Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. “This funding helps us achieve our mission of enriching the education experience in our community.” Local residents can see how the Arts Commission grant and local funds are benefiting the Gibbes by viewing the J. Henry Fair: Industrial Scars exhibition from December 17, 2010 through March 27, 2011.

Several organizations are helping the Gibbes Museum of Art meet its obligation of matching the Arts Commission grant with local dollars. Those who are supporting the grant project include BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and U.S. Trust.

South Carolina Arts Commission
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission is working to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina and by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit or call (803) 734-8696.

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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