Gibbes Museum of Art Announces Winners At 2011 Annual Meeting Celebration

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CHARLESTON, SC.- On Monday, May 2, the Gibbes Museum of Art announced the winners of the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, the 2011 Mary Whyte Art Educator Award, and the 2011 Philanthropy Award at the museum’s Annual Meeting Celebration. Sculptor Patrick Dougherty was recognized as the winner of the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art and he will be receiving the $10,000 cash prize that accompanies the award. The Factor Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. A native and current resident of North Carolina, Dougherty is a sculptor who works with twigs and branches to create site-specific installations. Woven together and held in place by tension, Dougherty’s sculptures have a whimsical quality, inspired by his experiences as a child. He has exhibited throughout the world, includin