A 5-day focus on the visual arts with signature events, unique experiences, artist lectures, panel discussions, gallery walks, professional workshops, and exhibition tours led by experts, Art Charleston is our city’s premier visual arts event. Launched in 2022, Art Charleston successfully raised over $800k and generated another $200K in ticket sales to benefit educational programing at the Gibbes. In turn, Art Charleston has invested more than $500,000 in support to local vendors and businesses.
Art Charleston enhances the cultural landscape through immersion in the visual arts and highlights the Gibbes as a place where strong and diverse human stories are expressed through the arts.
PRESENTED BY THE WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF THE GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART
One of Charleston’s most iconic events of the year, the Art of Design is a beautifully styled, seated luncheon featuring multiple courses prepared by Salthouse Catering, wine pairings, lively conversation, and Instagram-worthy décor set against the backdrop of the Gibbes’ classical European-style garden. This year’s featured speaker, Hannah Cecil Gurney, Director of de Gournay, will take you behind the scenes of de Gournay’s dreamy interior designs of custom hand-painted wallpapers, fabrics, and porcelains. Carrying the legacy of the business founded by her father, Claud Gurney, Ms. Gurney brings you on her journey to transform de Gournay from cult niche to industry leader.Learn More
Experience Charleston’s world-renowned culinary scene under the stars. This one-of-a-kind evening transforms Meeting Street into a foodie’s delight. Featuring top chefs, an open bar, live music, and surprise entertainment, we invite you to experience one of the city’s busiest streets magically cast as an enviable dining and entertaining hotspot.Learn More
An intimate farm-to-table al fresco dinner in our Lenhardt Garden, this elegant experience features the culinary masterpieces of one of Charleston’s most recognizable and accomplished chefs, Kevin Mitchell. An instructor, historian, author, and scholar of historical foodways of the American South, Chef Mitchell will welcome guests with hors d’oeuvres and an open bar before gathering for a four-course dinner served alongside lively, interactive conversation around the significance of the ingredients, the farm-to- table movement, sustainability and its importance in our culture, and the pure joy and sense of community we feel when we come together to share a meal.
*Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free and Vegetarian options available upon request.Learn More
At the Gibbes, we celebrate local creatives of all disciplines. Come shop our curated selection of artist-vendors during our second annual 1Artisan Fair. With up to forty skilled makers, there will be nothing short of unique finds. Join us as we cap off a week engaging with artists who Innovate, Elevate, and Cultivate experiences that make Art Charleston great.
Free and open to the public.Learn More