The Gibbes Museum of Art Awarded $50,000 in Grants from Art Bridges Foundation

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 9, 2019 – The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston’s premier art museum, has been selected as a recipient of two grants totaling $50,000 from the Art Bridges Foundation. Through the support of the foundation, the Gibbes was selected as the only venue in the South to host Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, a major traveling exhibition that will be on display at the Gibbes from May 24 – August 18, 2019. These funds will also support community outreach and programming around the exhibition.

“We are honored to be a recipient and partner of this esteemed foundation and look forward to opportunities for further outreach in our own community,” says Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. “Black Refractions is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Charleston community to experience these incredible works of art and thank Art Bridges for helping make this show possible.”

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem presents nearly a century of works by artists of African descent. The Gibbes’ showing of Black Refractions includes over 70 works by more than 50 artists across all media dating from the 1920s to the present. More than a dozen artists in the exhibition have lasting connections to the American South, including Romare Bearden, Thornton Dial, Sam Gilliam, Clementine Hunter, Kerry James Marshall, Alma Thomas and Bill Traylor.

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About the Gibbes Museum of Art
Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy and to be inspired by the creative process. For more information, visit