How did you choose the 140 works?
The website features 140 works from the Gibbes permanent collection. This is a representative sampling of the nearly 7,000 artworks held in the collection. The list of works was compiled by curatorial staff members, volunteers, and interns, and it includes a diverse group of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, fine art photographs, and even video art. It is intended to represent a broad spectrum of styles, subjects, time periods, and mediums. The works range in time period from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, and in subject matter from landscapes and portraits to still life and abstracts. Some of the works are mainstays in our permanent gallery spaces—others are on view less frequently. In either case, we hope that you will be introduced to something new about the Gibbes collection and its significance to Charleston.

How many works will make the final selection?
Depending on the dimensions of the most favorite works of art, approximately 40 works will be selected for the final exhibition in the Main Gallery.

How long is voting open to the public and how often can I vote?
Voting is open to the public from March 1-31 and you are welcome to vote as often as you like during this period, but only once per day for a particular work of art!

How can I search the list of artworks to vote for my favorite?
Artworks will be published throughout the month of February. You can use the search box to find a work by the artist’s name or title. If you are not looking for a specific work or artist you can also filter works by category. We have devised three general categories to narrow your selection: Type of Work (painting, sculpture, work on paper, photograph, video art); Time Period (18th century, 19th century, 20th century, 21th century); and Subject (landscape, portrait, still life, abstract, wildlife). These basic categories were created to streamline your selections for a work.You will find that the Subject categories are loosely defined and do not adhere to strict art historical terms or definitions. Our main goal is to introduce you to works you may not already know, yet still allow you to narrow the field. You will also find that an artwork can be in more than one category. For example, an artwork can be categorized as a portrait that is from the 20th century, or a landscape that is also abstract.

You can filter works of art in the “Featured Artwork” page view, by selecting a term at the top of page; or, you can click on a type, time period, or subject term from any object page to see other works that fall into the selected category.

What happens after voting closes?
Votes will be tallied after voting closes on March 31, 2013. The top 40­–50 works that receive the most votes will be installed for exhibition in the Main Gallery from May 3 through September 15, 2013. Between March 31 and May 3, the top works selected will be prepared for exhibition—works will be framed as needed, a layout for displaying the works on the Main Gallery walls will be devised, and text materials to accompany the artworks will be produced. We encourage you to share a few words about why you have chosen your selections in the space provided on each object page. Some of these testimonials will be incorporated into the exhibition text materials.

Do I have to register to vote?
You don’t have to register to vote, however, we encourage you to sign up to receive more information about the People’s Choice Exhibition and the Gibbes Museum via email. Enter your email address below to be added to our mailing list.  

    How can I help spread the word and encourage others to vote?
    You can encourage others to vote by sharing your top picks using the share function on each object page. Promote your choices on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or other social media platforms and help us spread the word about People’s Choice.

    How will my comments be used, and how are comments moderated?
    In order to provide quality content and valuable discussions, we actively monitor posts and comments published by visitors of this page. Your comments will be posted on the website and may be selected for inclusion on label copy in the galleries during the exhibition. Off-topic comments, captions containing foul language, or any submission deemed inappropriate by Gibbes Museum staff may be removed. Entrants represent and warrant that their submission is their original work, it has not been copied from others, and it does not violate the rights of any other person or entry. By submitting a comment on one of the object pages, you authorize the Gibbes Museum and/or others authorized by the Gibbes Museum shall have the right to edit, adapt, and modify the submission. Each entrant releases and discharges the Gibbes Museum, any party associated with the development or administration of the People’s Choice exhibition, their employees, agents or representatives from any and all liability in connection with the exhibition, including without limitation, legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demand or actions of any kind. By contributing a comment, you authorize the Gibbes Museum of Art to use your submission for educational and promotional purposes related to the People’s Choice exhibition, and for archival purposes in any media.

    Image: A Carolina Vista, 1925, by Eola Willis (American, 1856 – 1952). Oil on canvas; 15 x 18 1/8 inches. Gibbes Museum of Art, Gift of William T. Grant (1929.003.0001)

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