The Gibbes Museum of Art

About the Museum


Interior view, The Gibbes Museum of Art

Interior, The Gibbes Museum of Art

Interior view, The Gibbes Museum of Art
Photo: MCG Photography

Interior view, The Gibbes Museum of Art

Exterior View, The Gibbes Museum of Art
Courtesy The Gibbes Museum of Art

Exterior View, The Gibbes Museum of Art

Interior view, The Gibbes Museum of Art
Photo: James McGavick

Interior view, The Gibbes Museum of Art

Interior view, The Gibbes Museum of Art
Photo: James McGavick

Interior view, The Gibbes Museum of Art

Opened in 1905, the Gibbes Museum of Art is home to a significant collection of American art and offers a specific focus on connecting the artistic past of Charleston with the vibrant contemporary art scene. The permanent collection spans four centuries and provides a unique portrait of American visual culture, particularly that of the American South, from the colonial era to the present. A marked highlight is the museum’s collection of over 600 miniature paintings. The first American miniatures were created in Charleston, and the Gibbes Museum’s collection of these works is one of the most prestigious in the US.

(Photo courtesy the Gibbes Museum of Art)

Collection Highlights


Thomas Sully

Mrs. Robert Gilmor, Jr. (Sarah Reeve Ladson)

Childe Hassam

April (The Green One)

Benjamin West

Thomas Middleton of the Oaks

Charles Wilbert White

Denmark Vesey

John Westmark

Wave Upon Wave
The Gibbes Museum of Art: Collection Highlights

Thomas Sully

Mrs. Robert Gilmor, Jr. (Sarah Reeve Ladson), 1823
oil on canvas, 46.5 in x 39 in
Bequest of Mrs. Leila Ladson Jones, Courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association

Childe Hassam

April (The Green One), 1920
oil on canvas, 56 in x 82.25 in
Gift of Mr and Mrs Archer Huntington, Courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association

Benjamin West

Thomas Middleton of the Oaks, 1770
oil on canvas, 51.75 in x 39.5 in
Gift of Alicia Hopton Middleton, Courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association

Charles Wilbert White

Denmark Vesey, 1943
charcoal and white gouache on illustration board
Museum purchase with funds provided by gifts from Mrs. Rodney Williams, Mr. Charles Woodward and Mrs. Jean R. Yawkey, Courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association

John Westmark

Wave Upon Wave, 2014
acrylic, quilting pins, paper sewing patterns on canvas, 66 in x 99.75 in
Museum purchase with funds from the Bonner Fund Courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art/Carolina Art Association
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