Gibbes presents program on the healing powers of art

Heal thyself


  • Untitled, 1998, by Stephen Mueller

Healing powers don’t just exist in medicine and hot springs. According to Dr. Jeb Hallett, they can exist in artwork, too. The Gibbes Museum of Art is teaming up with Dr. Hallett and Roper St. Francis to raise awareness of these curative powers during The Art of Healing, a discussion accompanied by the exhibition The Spoleto Watercolors of Stephen Mueller and Carl Palazzolo.

Mueller and Palazzolo visited Charleston during Spoleto for many years and created paintings inspired by their experiences in the city. The resulting body of work spans nearly 20 years and documents the collaborative relationship between Mueller, Palazzolo, and their friend and art collector David Rawle.

Questions raised during the event will explore the theme of art and physical well-being, such as what each person can see in the works on display that connect with wellness and peace of mind.

These watercolors are particularly relevant to the conversation about the healing powers of art, as artist Stephen Mueller died two years ago after a battle with lung cancer.
To learn more and purchase tickets, visit or call (843) 722-2706, ext. 21.

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