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Aristotle & Humboldt Crown Telfair Academy Once Again
April 10, 2017

Aristotle & Humboldt Crown Telfair Academy Once Again

If you’ve visited Telfair Academy lately, you might have noticed something new about the exterior. Replica busts of Aristotle and Alexander Von Humboldt have returned to the façade of the Academy. The original busts were created by Telfair Museums’ first director, Carl Brandt, specifically for Telfair Academy. They were cast in relief (or alto relievo) […]

Habersham portrait coming to the Owens-Thomas House
March 15, 2017

Habersham portrait coming to the Owens-Thomas House

At the Owens-Thomas House and the Telfair Academy, we’re frequently asked by visitors if Richard Richardson, George Owens, and Mary Telfair were good people. Were they bad people?  Were they kind to their slaves? The fact is, they weren’t good people or bad people. They were simply humans making both good and bad decisions, decisions […]

Discovery at the Owens-Thomas House!
March 3, 2017

Discovery at the Owens-Thomas House!

These are exciting times at the Owens-Thomas House! A couple weeks ago, buildings curator Sonja Wallen and I were working on plans for the reinterpretation project on the second floor of the Owens-Thomas House Slave Quarters. While inspecting the space, we noticed evidence indicating that an additional set of stairs ascended into the attic. We […]

NEA and NEH Funding in Jeopardy with New Presidential Administration
January 20, 2017

NEA and NEH Funding in Jeopardy with New Presidential Administration

A message from Telfair Museums Director Lisa Grove on the future of the NEA & NEH   As you may have heard, the incoming presidential administration announced today that their new budget will eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which comprise 0.006 percent of the national budget. In […]

The Legacy of William Christenberry
December 5, 2016

The Legacy of William Christenberry

By Erin Dunn, Telfair Museums Assistant Curator Hailing from the small town of Ringgold, GA, I feel an affinity to any artist who calls the South home, but especially to those who make the region their muse. The juxtapositions and mixed metaphors so central to the Southern environment were firmly captured by Tuscaloosa-born artist William […]

The story of Telfair Academy’s iconic sculptures
October 3, 2016

The story of Telfair Academy’s iconic sculptures

If these statues could talk, oh the stories they would tell…   In 1883, Carl Brandt was given $20,000 cash and a ticket to Europe to acquire the art for a brand new museum in Savannah. Located in the former mansion of one of Savannah’s most prominent families, this new museum was to be called […]

Cornelia Stokes and Laura Erazo Santanilla – Summer 2016 Curatorial Interns
August 26, 2016

Cornelia Stokes and Laura Erazo Santanilla – Summer 2016 Curatorial Interns

Here at Telfair, we’re always fortunate to have great volunteers and dedicated interns! This summer, we hosted two of those interns, Cornelia Stokes and Laura Erazo Santanilla. They joined our curatorial team to help put on new exhibitions and plan those for the year ahead. Cornelia and Laura are both fantastic people with a real love […]

Going inside Elvis at 21 at the Jepson Center
July 19, 2016

Going inside Elvis at 21 at the Jepson Center

by Zach Powers, Telfair Museums Digital Communications Coordinator   Elvis at 21 is a collection of more than 40 candid photographs taken of the young king of rock ‘n’ roll in the spring and summer of 1956. That’s the year Elvis’s star exploded onto the national stage, and photographer Alfred Wertheimer was given intimate access […]

The story behind Boxed In/Break Out at the Jepson Center
June 23, 2016

The story behind Boxed In/Break Out at the Jepson Center

Artist Tricia Cookson installing Boxed In/Break Out   By Erin Dunn, curator for Boxed in/Break Out I like art when you least expect it. In a phone booth, down a side street, inside an otherwise empty room. That’s why when I was challenged to think about what the east-side windows at the Jepson Center could be used […]

Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain
June 1, 2013

Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain

This October, the Telfair will be presenting a major exhibition over five years in the making: Spanish Sojourns. This ground breaking show will be the first museum exhibition dedicated to the Spanish paintings of Robert Henri (1865-1929), one of the most influential American artists of the early 20th century. Henri traveled to Spain seven times […]