The Gibbes Museum of Art has hired Elliot DeMerell as new director of institutional advancement.

DeMerell, a Charleston native, was working as the senior development officer at the Children’s Home Society in St. Paul, Minn., before deciding to return home to Charleston.

DeMerell has experience in the arts field. He’s worked in development positions with St. Paul College of Visual Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as well as The Science Museum of Virginia and the South Carolina State Museum.

DeMerell says he grew up taking classes at the Gibbes and is ready to help advance the Gibbes’ goal of supporting the arts in our fair Chucktown. —Alison Sher