Speaker: Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections Administration at the Gibbes Museum of Art
Topic: Framing the Future: Renovation and Expansion at the Gibbes Museum of Art
The Gibbes Museum of Art is a leading institution of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the premier collection of art focusing on the American South, a dynamic resource for visual learning, and one of Charleston’s most beloved and distinguished landmarks. Today the Museum is in the midst of a major capital project titled, Framing the Future, a facility renovation and expansion initiative that respects the intent and beauty of the original Beaux Arts building while introducing state-of-the-art systems for security, environmental controls, visitor amenities, and facilities for collections care ensuring the relevance and vibrancy of the Gibbes for future generations
Join Zinnia Willits for a discussion of the many details considered in planning for the renovation of the Gibbes’ architecturally significant building. In particular, Ms. Willits will reveal complex, behind-the-scenes aspects of the project including the enormous task of packing, shipping and storing more than 10,000 pieces of art at other locations during construction.
Zinnia Willits is the Director of Collections Administration at the Gibbes Museum of Art. She received her M.A. in Public History from the University of South Carolina and has worked at the Gibbes since 2003 where she manages the museum's permanent collection and oversees logistics for its active exhibition and loan programs. Prior to working at the Gibbes, Ms. Willits served as Registrar for the Augusta Museum of History and Assistant Registrar for the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Ms. Willits is President of the South Carolina Federation of Museums (SCFM), founder of the SCFM White Gloves Gang program, an appointed member of the Southeastern Museums Conference Executive Council and Program Committee, Fellowship Chair for the Registrars Committee of the American Alliance of Museums and a Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program. She has presented sessions on registration and collections management at state, regional and national conferences.