April at the Gibbes Museum

The Gibbes Museum of Art has some exciting programming happening in April. See below for events and programs happening this month.


Literary Gibbes Book Club: March, April 9, 2022, 10:30 am – 12 noon
Inspired by the works in Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, join the Literary Gibbes Book Club to discuss acclaimed Congressman John Lewis’s stunning graphic memoir March, coauthored by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by graphic artist Nate Powell. To register for this event, click here.  
Price: Members: Free | Non-Members: Included in admission to the museum

Portraying Justice: Exploring Portraiture Techniques with Charles Edward Williams, April 9, 2022, 10:00 am. – 4:00 pm
Inspired by the important figures in the exhibition Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, this adult workshop looks deeply through the pursuit and pure essence of portraiture. Widely acclaimed artist Charles Edward Williams will lead participants in key concepts including working from historical photographs and techniques such as the planes of the head, light and shadow, shapes, values and edges, color mixing and temperatures from utilizing oil paint on mylar. To register, click here
Price: Members: $100 | Non-Members: $120

Curator-Led Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection April 14, 2022, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Explore the Gibbes permanent collection with Director of Education and Programs, Becca Hiester.This tour will be in person, and it is free and open to the public. 

Other events

Silver Workshop, April 11, 2022, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Kick off your spring break with some new skills! Kids ages 14 – 18 are invited to participate in this introductory workshop with JoAnn Graham. Students will learn the basics of silversmithing and will leave with a unique piece of jewelry for their own collection. All materials are included, but students are required to bring a bagged lunch. Students must wear closed toe shoes and work clothes and have long hair pulled back. To register, click here.
Price: Members: $180 | Non-members: $210 

Ongoing special exhibitions:

Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, Jan. 21 – Aug. 7, 2022
William H. Johnson’s Fighters for Freedom series is a tribute to African American activists, scientists, teachers, performers and international heads of state working to bring peace to the world. On view at the Gibbes from Jan. 21 – Aug. 7, 2022, this exhibition is the first-ever presentation of this series in Johnson’s home state of South Carolina. Fighters for Freedom presents well-known Fighters such as Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson and Mahatma Gandhi, as well as some lesser-known individuals whose equally important determination and sacrifice have been eclipsed over time. Images: click here.  

A New Deal: Artists at Work, Jan. 21 – Aug. 7, 2022
The Federal Art Project was formed under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s ambitious Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs that sent millions of unemployed Americans back to work during the Great Depression, including more than 5,000 artists. The Federal Art Project afforded opportunities to a diverse group of artists, including women, African Americans and recent immigrants, resulting in a collection of artwork intended to uplift the national spirit and encourage creativity in the face of great challenges. The Gibbes is one of a select group of institutions across the country that houses a historic collection of Federal Art Project prints. Images: click here.

William Eggleston: Photographs from the Laura and Jay Crouse Collection, Feb. 25 – Oct. 9, 2022
It is said that William Eggleston’s unique ability to conflate the epic and the everyday has made him one of the most impactful figures in late twentieth century photography. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Eggleston first photographed his local environs in the 1950s in black-and-white but became one of the first fine art photographers to use color to record his observations in a more heightened and accurate way. Today his strikingly vivid, yet enigmatic images of parked cars, billboards, storefronts, diners and other artifacts of the ordinary world are considered groundbreaking. The photographs presented in this edition of the Gibbes’ Charleston Collects exhibition series were selected from the Laura and Jay Crouse Collection and represent many of the pioneering artist’s most notable works.

-Submitted by The Gibbes Museum