The Gibbes Museum of Art announced their latest schedule of exhibitions earlier this week, set for July 1 through June 30, 2012.

Starting July 22, we’ll see vernacular art from the Gadsden Arts Center Permanent Collection in an exhibition called The Creative Spirit. It will include paintings, drawings, and sculpture from self-taught Southern artists. Also on view will be In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans, a retrospective of one of the earliest documented free black artists of the 19th century.

In October, the galleries will switch out to display Breaking Down Barriers: 300 Years of Women in Art, which will examine the challenges faced by female artists. Camera Works: Masters in Photography will be on view in the Rotunda with works from 20th century photographers like Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and many more.    

In January, we’ll see a retrospective of Alfred Hutty’s paintings, including prints he created in Charleston and Woodstock, New York. Local classically trained painter Jill Hooper will have works on view in the Rotunda.

Watercolorist Mary Whyte will take over the Main Gallery in May with her portraits of blue-collar workers from around the South. In the Rotunda, Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens of the South will showcase Vaughn Sills’ photographs documenting African American folk gardens and their creators.

Also mark your calendars for the Society 1858 summer party on July 29, a free community day on Sept. 17, and the Women in Art lecture series Nov. 2- 16. Find out more at