The Gibbes Museum of Art is planning a new exhibition, its last in the main second-floor gallery before the building undergoes extensive renovations, and the museum staff is asking people living in the Charleston area to curate the show.

“People’s Choice: A Community-Curated Exhibition” will open May 3. Beginning March 1, the public is invited to go to the People’s Choice website,, to review 140 artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, comment and vote on favorites.

In the run-up to the public voting, the Gibbes will present four selections each week from a variety of “Featured Voters” in an effort to encourage public input and conversation. Featured Voters include public figures such as TV news anchor Carolyn Murray, restaurateur Micky Bakst, Mayor Joe Riley, cookbook author Nathalie Dupree, the Rev. Joe Darby and The Post and Courier’s arts writer Adam Parker.

Public voting runs through the month of March.

The first floor of the museum will continue to show works from the permanent collection, and the People’s Choice exhibit will be followed by one touring show before work on the building begins early next year.