How It Works


VOTE for your favorite artworks at the Gibbes with the click of a button! Click on any image in the gallery. Look for the “heart” symbol and cast your vote. You can vote for as many works as you wish but you can only vote for a single work once every 24 hours. The 40 works with the most votes will be selected for the exhibition which opens May 3, 2013!

The idea for the People’s Choice exhibition originated when we were discussing plans for upcoming building renovations for the Gibbes Museum. This is the last exhibition of our permanent collection in the Main Gallery before construction begins, and we wanted to engage the public and give the community the opportunity to select, comment on, and share their favorite works of art with the rest of the world. We thought the best and most fun way to achieve that goal would be through a community-curated exhibition. As the idea began to grow, we decided to reach out to a group of noted figures from diverse backgrounds in the Charleston community from Mayor Joseph P. Riley and Nathalie Dupree to Brian Rutenberg and Tara Guérard! We wanted to seek opinions and spark conversations about the impact of art in our lives. Everyone responded with enthusiasm and agreed to answer five questions about art including:

1. Why is art important in your life?

2. What is your first memory of art?

3. What is your most memorable art experience?

4. Who is your favorite artist?

5. Why are museums important to you?

Their responses, and their top 5 picks from the gallery of objects, will be presented on the People’s Choice website leading up to the opening of the exhibition on May 3. We hope you will check back regularly to see new posts. Public voting begin on March 1 and continues through the 31. For any question, see our FAQ page.

Image:  In A Garden: For Julian Green, 1973, by Robert Gordy (American, 1933 – 1986). Acrylic on canvas; 87 x 97 1/2 inches. Gibbes Museum of Art, Museum Purchase with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts Living Artist Fund (1974.014)


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