Art of Design 2021


Gibbes Museum of Art Women’s Council presents

Founder of Indagare

11 AM | Registration
12 NOON | Luncheon and Lecture

LOCATION | Charleston Marriott
170 Lockwood Blvd, Charleston, South Carolina

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All proceeds benefit the Gibbes Museum of Art education and outreach programs.


Melissa Biggs Bradley is the entrepreneur behind Indagare, the membership-based boutique travel company that she founded in 2007 with a vision to inspire, educate, and empower people to change their lives through travel. Since then, Indagare has become the go-to advisor and resource for travelers seeking impactful, one-of-a-kind journeys. Since its founding, Indagare has garnered numerous accolades as a renowned travel company from industry giants like Travel and Leisure and news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal.

Melissa has launched Indagare Insider Journeys, immersive group trips built around passion points such as art, the environment, fashion, design, style, wellness, food and wine and one-of-a-kind destinations, in partnership with WSJ Magazine, Architectural Digest and Vogue. In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry, she also leads Indagare Global Conversations, her live Zoom talk series and podcast, which is part of the brand’s new virtual travel program, Indagare Global Classroom that offers virtual tours, special experiences, participatory lessons and lectures developed with Indagare’s top partners and guides from around the world.

Prior to founding Indagare, Melissa served as the longtime travel editor at Town & Country where she launched the acclaimed spin-off Town & Country Travel. Melissa received a B.A. from Yale College and a master’s degree from Columbia University.


Indagare is a membership-based, boutique travel-planning company that offers curated content, customized trip-planning and group trips around passion points. We partner with our members to design a personalized roadmap for their lifetime of journeys and handpick experiences perfectly suited to their preferences. Through our global network of partners, guides and tastemakers, we deliver real-time, honest intel and unlock behind-the-scenes access and exclusive perks that they won’t find anywhere else. We believe that how you travel matters.

Founded by top travel expert Melissa Biggs Bradley, Indagare leverages its global network of guides, tastemakers, influencers and content curators to create extraordinary experiences and bespoke trips for its community of passionate travelers across digital, social, print partnerships.

ART OF DESIGN 2011 – 2020

Past Art of Design Speakers: Chris Giftos (2011), Carolyne Roehme (2012), Cathy Horne (2013), Charlotte Moss (2014), Charlotte Moss (2015), Andrew Prince (2016), Vern Yip (2017), Plum Sykes (2018), Eva Chen (2019), and Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin (2020).
Images by Julia Lynn Photography (2011–2013) | MCG Photography (2014–2020)


Founded in March 1950, the Women’s Council of the Gibbes Museum of Art serves as a vital support system of the Gibbes Museum of Art, with its dedicated members volunteering time, talent and financial support to the Museum and serving as liaisons between the Gibbes and both residents of and visitors to the Charleston community. The annual Art of Design Luncheon and Lecture features internationally renowned experts in the world of design and is the Women’s Council’s signature event. In addition to its annual Art of Design fundraiser, the Women’s Council organizes numerous educational programs and social gatherings from September to June for members and their guests. To learn more about the Women’s Council and how to join, contact Lorraine Perry or Jennifer Mendelsohn.

Interested in being a sponsor for Art of Design 2020?
Contact Jena Clem at | 843.722.2706 x225 or
Jennifer Ross at | 843.722.2706 x216

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