The Votes Are In!

The Votes Are In!

In case you haven't heard, the works selected by community voting are now on view in the Main Gallery! Voting opened to the public at large on March 1 and closed on March 31. During this time period, the People’s Choice website was viewed 34,000 times and nearly 3000 people cast their votes. Based ...
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Museums, Memories, and Community Engaged Art

Museums, Memories, and Community Engaged Art

Categories Featured Voters, News
When I was a kid growing up in Houston, my parents used to take us to the Museum of Fine Arts pretty regularly to see each new exhibit that opened. I always enjoyed the chance to see something new, and it was fun to get that member button pinned on ...
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Eye Spy Art

Eye Spy Art

Categories News, Paintings
Arts education for youth and adults is a significant component of the Gibbes’ programming, and with extreme budget cuts in area school systems, we are working to partner with schools and nonprofits to provide more options. Eye Spy is an in-school program designed to help elementary student ...
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The Art of Fashion

The Art of Fashion

Categories News, Paintings
Art has been intertwined with fashion for more than two centuries. Different art movements such as Cubism, Art Deco, and Abstract Expressionism have inspired clothing designers dating back to the 19th century. These movements have given fashion designers ideas for dresses, shoes, and even an entire ...
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Leaders of the Pack

Leaders of the Pack

We are in the second week of public voting on the People’s Choice website and there is a clear favorite on the leader board (see below, right). Local artist West Fraser’s oil painting 126 Oak Street, McClellanville, South Carolina is leading the pack. Fraser is celebrated for his style that depi ...
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A Website for Community Voices

A Website for Community Voices

When our curatorial department announced the idea of a community-curated exhibition, I was excited and daunted by the idea of creating a tool to facilitate voting and public engagement. Although my role at the Gibbes is to oversee the multitude of programs and events that take place throughout the y ...
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So Many Choices…

So Many Choices…

So far, one of the most common questions we have received about the People’s Choice exhibition is “How did you select the works from the collection that are featured on the website and why 140?” With so many works in the Gibbes permanent collection, narrowing the field was no easy task. Howeve ...
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The Progress of Love, in art and literature

The Progress of Love, in art and literature

Categories News, Paintings
For viewers looking for love on this Valentine’s Day, one of the paintings included in the People’s Choice website seems particularly poignant. Girl with Kitten, 1841, by Charles Fraser features a character from the 1840 novel entitled Love's Progress by Caroline Gilman. Fraser’s painting dep ...
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Art Is Everywhere

Art Is Everywhere

One of my favorite questions we asked People’s Choice featured voters is: What is your first memory of art? The answers were varied and have reminded us that art is indeed everywhere, extending far beyond the walls of a museum. Chef Mike Lata writes that his first memory of art is record albums. ...
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Community-Curating

Community-Curating

The impetus for People’s Choice: A Community-Curated Exhibition came from a variety of sources including the Brooklyn Museum’s community-curated initiative, Click! and the Clark Remix program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Click! was a photography exhibition in 2008 at the Bro ...
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