Gibbes Museum of Art Announces Philanthropy Award, Slate of officers, and New Board Members at 2014 Annual Meeting Celebration

May 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, SC – On Monday, May 19, the Gibbes Museum of Art welcomed two new Board members and announced the winner of the 2014 Philanthropy Award at the museum’s Annual Meeting Celebration. This year we are thrilled to present Mickey Bakst with the 2014 James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award. Mickey has long been a supporter of the Gibbes, and has contributed his time, talents, connections, and energy into making the Street Party one of Charleston’s most sought-after events. Mickey is known for his graciousness, generosity, and ability to connect people, and these traits directly translate to the complex job of coordinating Charleston’s top restaurants and beverage providers for this fundraising event. “We are so grateful to have Mickey Bakst on our side. We have just wrapped up another successful Street Party, and couldn’t have done it without his support,” says Executive Director Angela Mack.

James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award – Each year the Board and staff of the CAA bestows on an individual or group the James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award. Gibbes was deeply devoted to the betterment of Charleston’s young creative minds in the aftermath of Reconstruction. Through his 1885 bequest of $100K, which in today’s dollars is valued at $2.5M, Gibbes launched what we know today as the Gibbes Museum of Art.  His generosity and vision set the state for the visual arts in Charleston by providing the funds to build the oldest art museum in the South.

Mickey Bakst has been a staunch proponent of Charleston charities since moving to the Holy City in October 2004. A 40-year food and beverage veteran, Bakst is currently General Manager of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place Hotel. In his spare time, Bakst can be found devoting his energy to a variety of Lowcountry initiatives. His philanthropic efforts include Chefs Across America in 2002, Benefit for Katrina in 2005, and Dine for Nine in 2007. Chefs Across America followed the tragedy of 9/11 and in this event, Mickey hosted dinners in nine cities across the country with 40 of the nation’s top culinary stars. The Dine for Nine in 2007 raised more than 500,000 for the fallen firefighters’ families of the Sofa Super Store fire. When Crisis Ministries had to close down their food service one day a week, Bakst stepped in, forming a coalition to provide the meals that the shelter needed. One day a week, every year, a different area restaurant takes over the meal service and feeds more than 400 people. Three years later, Feed the Need has gone national, launching in Detroit, MI and Savannah, GA. Mickey has been married to the love of his life, Ellen, since 2007.


New Board Members Announced

The Board of Directors of the Gibbes Museum of Art welcomed two new members to their ranks. New members are Cathy Jenrette and Dan Gallagher.


2014-2015 Officers

President Laura Gates

First Vice President Jill Almeida

Second Vice President John Hallett

Secretary Harriet Smartt

Treasurer Eleanor Hale

Immediate Past President Allan Anderson


Gibbes Museum of Art:

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905.  Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a premier collection of over 10,000 works, principally American with a Charleston or Southern connection, andpresents special exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, the museum offers an extensive complement of public programming and educational outreach initiatives that serve the community by stimulating creative expression and improving the region’s superb quality of life. Highlights of the Gibbes collection can now be viewed on Google Art Project at


Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 A.M. – 5 P.M., Sunday: 1 P.M. – 5 P.M.


Adults: $9.00 · Seniors, Students & Military: $7.00 · Children (6-12): $5.00

Members And Children Under 6: Free.

135 Meeting Street * Charleston, SC * 29401 *