Instagram Executive to Speak at The Gibbes Museum of Art’s Annual ‘Art of Design’ Luncheon

CHARLESTON, S.C., February 25, 2019 – The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce Eva Chen, head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, as the featured speaker for the annual Art of Design luncheon on April 12. Since 2011, the Women’s Council has attracted renowned experts in the world of design to the special luncheon and lecture. This year, Chen will discuss her work in the fashion and media industry in the museum’s classically landscaped Lenhardt Garden.

“Known as the Anna Wintour of the Digital Age, we are delighted to host such a special guest at the annual luncheon,” said Angela Mack, The Gibbes Museum of Art’s executive director. “Her iconic style, charm and diverse background is sure to inspire this year’s guests.”

Event Details
All proceeds benefit education and outreach programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Date: April 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lenhardt Garden at the Gibbes Museum, 135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
Price: $150
Tickets: 843.722.2706 ext. 221 |
Sponsored by: Abide-A-While Garden Center, Berlin's, Bluestein & Douglas LLC, Eddis & Co., Lou Hammond Group, Over The Moon, Rhodes Boutique, Kathleen Rivers Interior Design, Keller Williams Realty, Mountain Shore Properties, RTW Charleston, Hampton Homes, Jane & Gretchen Florals, Eventworks, The Social Spool Co., Skyline, Senza Tempo and Salthouse Catering.

Over the past nine years, through its annual Art of Design Luncheon and Lecture, the Women’s Council secured more than $50,000 per year to support exhibitions and educational programming. Past Art of Design speakers include HGTV Designer Vern Yip, Downton Abbey jewelry designer Andrew Price, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, interior designer Charlotte Moss, lifestyle expert Carolyne Roehm and Vogue’s International Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles.

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For more information about the Art of Design luncheon or to purchase tickets, visit All ticketholders will receive a copy of Eva Chen's book, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes. Seating is limited.

About Evan Chen
Eva Chen is the head of fashion partnerships for the social media platform Instagram. Chen has been dubbed the Anna Wintour of the Digital Age, and through Instagram she has helped transform how influencers engage communities. Chen recently published her first children’s book and New York Time’s bestseller, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes. Previously the editor in chief of Lucky, Chen has also written for ELLE, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Vogue China, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Today, Chen credits her personal success to her sharing of her diverse passions. She candidly advocates that differences make us better and stronger.

About the Women’s Council
Founded in March 1950, the Women’s Council of the Gibbes Museum of Art serves as a vital support system of the Gibbes Museum of Art, with its dedicated members volunteering time, talent and financial support to the Museum and serving as liaisons between the Gibbes and both residents of and visitors to the Charleston community. The annual Art of Design Luncheon and Lecture features internationally renowned experts in the world of design and is the Women’s Council’s signature event. In addition to its annual Art of Design fundraiser, the Women’s Council organizes numerous educational programs and social gatherings from September to June for members and their guests.

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


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