The Gibbes Museum of Art announced a new memorial fund in honor of Eric Friberg, who died Saturday. Friberg, 66, was the vice president of the Gibbes’s board of directors. He was instrumental in naming Angela Mack as the museum’s new executive director. And he was in line to be its next board president.
According to a press release issued minutes ago: Friberg “brought a uniquely informed world-view to his commitment of championing the arts in Charleston … His experience and dedication has shaped the future of the Gibbes by advocating a model of fiscal responsibility and arts innovation.”
Friberg’s death has resonated throughout Charleston’s arts community. He served eight years on the board of Spoleto Festival USA. He is credited with having shepherded the $6 million renovation of the Memminger Auditorium, which opened to acclaim last spring. It’s quickly becoming a community venue.
“When Spoleto was in a very bad situation he came in, joined the board and set out to create a long-range plan for us,” Nigel Redden, director of Spoleto, told The Post and Courier. “That plan ended up paving a very clear path for us. It brought us out of a very desperate situation.”