Special Exhibition of British Sporting Art Now on Display at The Gibbes Museum of Art

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The Gibbes Museum of Art is excited to announce that its newest exhibition, Charleston Collects: British Sporting Art From the Penkhus Collection, is now on display in galleries 2 and 3 of the museum. The collection, featuring works from notable English painters, will be on display through June 28, 2020.

“We’re thrilled to have this collection of wildlife art on display to coincide with Charleston’s Southeastern Wildlife Exposition,” says Executive Director of the Gibbes Museum of Art, Angela Mack. “As part of our Charleston Collects Series, this exhibition features the personal collection of Lowcountry residents Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Martha Penkhus, who we would like to thank for their generosity.”

The Penkhus’ journey collecting fine art started in 1986 when they purchased a portrait of the famous English racing horse Cotherstone, by John Frederick Herring, Sr. (British, 1795–1865). Their passion for British sporting art and culture blossomed, leading them to build a first-rate collection of animal and sporting paintings. The works provide glimpses into the English countryside, its occupants and their activities from 1800 to present day. The collection includes paintings by Frederick Herring, Sr., Harry Hall (British, 1814–1882), James Ward (British, 1769–1859), Sir Alfred Munnings (British, 1878–1959) and many more.

To coincide with the exhibition, the Gibbes will host an artist talk with sporting arts painter Joseph Sulkowski on Monday, May 4th at 1 pm. The Gibbes will offer a curator-guided tour of the exhibition on Tuesday, May 26 at 2:30pm.

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