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The Gibbes Museum of Art to Welcome Two New Visiting Artists



The Gibbes Museum of Art will welcome two new artists in residence as part of their Visiting Artist series on August 30th. Marina Savashynskaya Dunbar (right) and Alexandria Dickerson are Charleston-based artists who will be working in the studio at the Gibbes from August 30th to October 10th, 2021. The Visiting Artist Series is a program that highlights artists from South Carolina whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South by providing them with a workspace and platform to showcase their art.

Marina Savashynskaya Dunbar was born in Belarus and moved to the U.S. when she was nine years old. She studied business and art at Columbia State University and now resides in Charleston. Her paintings are nature-based abstractions, composed through harmonious movement, material improvisation and layers of translucent color. While in residence at the Gibbes, she plans to create a body of work influenced by Betwixt and Between, an installation by Patrick Dougherty displayed in the museum’s glass atrium on the second floor. For more information about Dunbar, click here.

Alexandria Dickerson is a self-taught artist from Charleston. They explore the ramifications of Black subjugation and the utopian potential of Afrofuturism through the mediums of oil painting, wood carving, and cyanotype. While in residence at the Gibbes, the artist’s goal is to render at least three pieces of artwork consisting of 24×30 wood panels. After the initial carving state, paper prints of each piece will be pulled, and the wooden blocks will be stained with a light-sensitive iron salt and left to develop under the sun which creates a ghostly holographic effect. The pieces will continue the artist’s investigation into selfhood, identity, and the dualism of antiquation and technology. For more information about Dickerson, click here.

The Gibbes is accepting submissions for 2022 Visiting Artists through September 15th, 2021. Artists who currently live in South Carolina can apply for a six-week session by visiting

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  1. Jennifer Reed

    September 8, 2021 at 10:34 pm


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