Every community needs an Angela Mack. As Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art, Angela has spent her career preserving and promoting the arts in Charleston.
With Angela at the helm, the Gibbes has undergone a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation and is set to reopen its doors this spring. The renovation will restore the Gibbes to its former glory, which has been slowly lost over the past century, most notably in the 70s when the ceiling was dropped, the skylight was boarded, and the original brick was covered. Upon the museum’s reopening, the first floor will be free to the public, which Angela hopes will expose both tourists and Charlestonians alike to the thriving Charleston art scene.
Angela has worked for the Gibbes for more than 20 years, with a curatorial hand in over 300 exhibitions. Along the way, she noticed a lack of visitor engagement within the museum. Something got lost, and Angela set out to find it.
As Executive Director, she plans to make museum-going a transcendent experience again. Angela considers the Gibbes a temple, honoring and immortalizing Charleston’s artistic identity, while also celebrating exceptional art from around the world. As she says, Charleston is a “big little city,” one that has always deserved a place at the table.
Through the Gibbes’ Distinguished Lecture series, a partnership with the College of Charleston, numerous summer camps for children, and classes catered to teenagers and adults, Angela is ensuring that Charleston has the opportunity to both enjoy and create art for many years to come. She has proven herself a fierce champion of local artists throughout her storied tenure at the Gibbes, and the reopening will be a pivotal step in the cultivation of our artistic community.
Her purpose is clear: “There’s tremendous talent in this city. It’s our job to nurture it.”
Words by Ann deSaussure
Photo by Mark Stetler