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Rehabilitation Through Art
November 29, 2017

Rehabilitation Through Art

Each week, Telfair Museums’ local artists pack up art supplies and head to a nearby community center. These artists play a vital role in Telfair’s community outreach and have one unified goal: to enrich lives through art. This fall, they visited several locations across Chatham County, most recently to work with patients at St. Joseph’s/Candler physical rehabilitation […]

William Jay Society’s Masquerade in the Mansion
October 23, 2017

William Jay Society’s Masquerade in the Mansion

by William Jay Society President Cyreia Sandlin It’s hard to believe we are only days away from the annual William Jay Society Masquerade in the Mansion! I first attended this amazing event three years ago, and I knew right then and there I had to be part of this organization. The masquerade is an event […]

Boxed In/Break Out – Call to Artists!
October 19, 2017

Boxed In/Break Out – Call to Artists!

Telfair Museums invites Chatham County artists to submit proposals for the third annual call to artists Boxed In/Break Out.   We are excited to offer local Chatham County artists an opportunity to feature their art in the Jepson Center! This call to artists seeks entries for Boxed In/Break Out, a museum-sponsored public art installation at Telfair […]

How a Rodin Sculpture Was Made
August 29, 2017

How a Rodin Sculpture Was Made

At this moment, Telfair Museums’ installation team at is busily at work upstairs in the galleries. They have spent the past few weeks meticulously unpacking and installing a total of 32 bronze figures by French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), on loan to Telfair Museums from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundations for the exhibition […]

Acquisition Highlight: Nick Cave Soundsuit
August 17, 2017

Acquisition Highlight: Nick Cave Soundsuit

With the help of our generous donors, Telfair Museums was proud to recently acquire this important soundsuit from celebrated African American artist Nick Cave. The work was purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Levy, Susan Willetts and Alan K. Pritz, Cathy and Philip Solomons, Diane and Ed Schmults, Pamela L. and […]

African American History & Culture: How Savannah’s Most and Least Powerful People Lived at the Owens-Thomas House
July 26, 2017

African American History & Culture: How Savannah’s Most and Least Powerful People Lived at the Owens-Thomas House

On September 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to the public and our country acknowledged that the lives of all our citizens are worthy of cultural celebration and historical examination. In the past, the lives of African Americans (or Africans in America, depending on the particular case) have often […]

Adventures of the Inquisitive Curators, Part 2
July 5, 2017

Adventures of the Inquisitive Curators, Part 2

In our last episode, Shannon Browning-Mullis, Curator of History and Decorative Arts (that’s me), and Sonja Wallen, Buildings Curator, found mysterious 19th century graffiti and evidence of living spaces in the attic of the slave quarters. In this installation, we explore the dusty chambers off the basement cistern. When the original plumbing system of the […]

Talking Art, Politics, and Selfies at TEDx Savannah
June 1, 2017

Talking Art, Politics, and Selfies at TEDx Savannah

By Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions My curatorial specialty is pre-1945 American and European art, so in the course of my work at Telfair Museums I am constantly thinking of how to bridge the gap between the past and the present in order to demonstrate how older art is still important and […]

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 […]