With the recent retirement of the Charleston Artist Guild's longtime administrator, Ed Scavio, the Guild has decided it's time to step it up a notch. No longer is mere "administration" equal to the challenges that lie ahead for the 53-year-old organization. No, this calls for direction of the executive variety. The Charleston organization has therefore named Goose Creek resident Robert G. Ingram as its first executive director. Ingram's arts leadership experience includes 14 years as a software engineer, the owner/operator of Scotties restaurant in Summerville (now closed), and work with a nonprofit organization for abused and neglected children. According to a press release from the Guild, Ingram also has "a long-term interest in the fine arts." (Whew. For a minute there we thought he might have no arts qualifications whatsoever...)
In other news, the Artist Guild's Annual Members' Exhibition will be on view Jan. 16-20 at the Guild's gallery on North Atlantic Wharf. The Members' Exhibition reception and awards ceremony will be held at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park on Jan. 16, from 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to view the show at the gallery and attend the reception to meet the artists. Most of the works will be for sale. –Patrick Sharbaugh
Gibbes Grabs Grant, launches logo
It's braggin' time for the Gibbes Museum of Art. The Meeting Street museum has received a fat National Endowment for the Arts grant, making it the only museum in S.C. to do so in 2007 (not that anyone's counting). The $25,000 grant, in the Access to Artistic Excellence category, will support a traveling exhibition titled Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art. The exhibit is organized thematically and comprised of works from numerous private and public collections throughout the U.S.
This week the Gibbes also took a small step toward a new visual identity with its announcement of an updated logo, taken from the signature of James Shoolbred Gibbes, the museum's namesake. In his 1888 will, Gibbes dedicated $100,000 in trust for the building that would become the Gibbes Museum, which last year celebrated its 100th anniversary. And they're not done yet. Later this month, the Gibbes' website will launch a new look and many new features at www.gibbesmuseum.org. –Matt Gannon