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Sit down with a docent- an interview with Brian Judson

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Originally from Santa Cruz, CA, docent Brian Judson is a 5-year docent of Telfair Museums.

We asked a few questions to learn a little more about this familiar face.

What has been your favorite exhibit (or piece) to talk about? Tough one…probably the Varnedoe collection. I love the pieces and especially with tourists, I use it as a chance to illustrate Savannah’s connections with the larger art world. I also enjoy talking about the architecture. I currently chair the Historic Review Board for the city so I have an appreciation for what it took to get the Jepson.

What do you like about Savannah? The focus on art and architecture – why we chose to move here. Love California, but there is a sense of transience there and I love the sense of permanence here.

What is your favorite group to give a tour to? Little kids. As an offshoot of that I have done several tours for Savannah Tech for students who are going in to early childhood education. I treat them as though they are 5 year olds: sit crisscross applesauce, catch bubbles, etc

Where is your favorite non-Telfair place to go in the city? A stroll through Forsyth always lifts my spirits, or any of the squares.

Where would you suggest a tourist go in town? In addition to our three fine facilities, I always make sure our out of town guests go to Bluff Drive in Isle of Hope.

What is your favorite color? Green

If you were a crayon, which one would you be? The really worn sky blue one w/little or no paper left on it.

Do you have any crazy vacation stories? Or maybe crazy “Living in Savannah” stories? My first encounter with the Jepson was a good story. We had just sold our home in California, we took some of the money and splurged on purchasing a Rauschenberg in SF. I was here checking on the progress of our home and Mr. Rauschenberg was at the Jepson! It felt like kismet. I couldn’t get in, but came back the next day, joined the museum and picked up the brochure on becoming a docent. I do a lot of business networking and I always advise people to join the museum. [It’s] a great place to meet good people.

Telfair fun fact: Bryan was also the officiant at a Telfair employee’s wedding. He performed the ceremony of former education curator Sarah Ward and her husband Rick when they wed at the Academy.

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Thanks Brian! If you are interested in becoming a docent or volunteering at the museum, please call 912.790.8869 or click here to find out other opportunities.

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