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Staff Spotlight: Megan Hoffman

Megan Hoffman amidst membership renewal reminders

Get to know the staff of the Gibbes! Each month, we will be posting a couple of “Staff Spotlight” stories to help you become better acquainted with the Gibbes Museum of Art team of employees. First up, we have Megan Hoffman!

Name: Megan Hoffman

Title: Development and Visitor Services Assistant

How long have you been at the Gibbes?

I’ve been here for one year as of this month!

Describe your role at the museum.

As a Development Assistant, I do a lot with museum membership – I send out most of our membership acknowledgments and renewal notices [note the stacks of mail behind Megan in the image above!]. I have also done a lot with ticket sales for our programs and events. I am looking forward to taking on a more active role in the Development Department in the coming months. You can also find me at the Visitor Services Desk in the Museum!

What brought you to the Gibbes?

I’ve always loved museums and I studied French and Art History at the University of Virginia. I moved to Charleston about a year ago with my fiancé and knew immediately I wanted to be involved with the Gibbes, so I filled out a volunteer application and was told there was a staff position open to which I could apply.

What is your favorite work in the collection and why?

Our permanent collection has so many wonderful pieces, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Childe Hassam’s April (The Green Gown). Hassam is one of my favorite artists because of his strong ties to the French Impressionists. This piece stands out to me because of its bold colors and his brushstrokes.

April (The Green Gown), 1920, by Childe Hassam (American, 1859 – 1935)
April (The Green Gown), 1920, by Childe Hassam (American, 1859 – 1935); Oil on canvas; 56 x 82 ¼ inches; Gibbes Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Archer M. Huntington; 1936.009.0001.

Tell us about an interesting project you’ve worked on during your time at the Gibbes.

I really enjoyed helping with the ticket sales for our most recent Distinguished Lecture Series with Olivier Picasso. It was great to be involved in the project from start to finish and see how such a large event is organized and executed.

Besides the Gibbes, where do you take friends and family for the quintessential Charleston experience?

I always like to bring visitors to Hominy Grill for brunch and visit a local brewery or two – Holy City and Palmetto are my favorites. Friends and family always love going down to the Battery to see the harbor. And, of course, the Gibbes is always one of the first places I bring everyone!

November 10, 2017

Top Image: Megan Hoffman seated at one of her two desks – as both the Development and Visitor Services Assistant, Megan works both in the museum offices and at the museum’s front desk. 

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