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.

Boxed In Break Out 2017


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 Museums that involves activating six windows at the Jepson Center that face Barnard Street. The artist chosen would have a detailed plan for how to utilize all six windows in a cohesive manner through self-created art that fulfills the following criteria: creativity, originality, feasibility, visual appeal, as well as resourcefulness and suitability in the space.

Boxed In/Break Out is intended to highlight and provide an exhibition opportunity for the work of a local artist through public display, promotional materials, and an artist talk. In addition to museum-sponsored promotion, the artist will receive a $1000 honorarium.

Boxed In/Break Out is part of Telfair Museums’ #art912 initiative, which is dedicated to raising the visibility and promoting the vitality of artists living and working in Savannah.

Proposal Details:

Friday, January 19 (Winner will be notified by e-mail by Monday, February 12)

Application Fee

Email proposals to:, Erin Dunn, Assistant Curator, with the subject line Boxed In/Break Out

Must be at least 18 years old and be a resident of Chatham County (proof of residence will be required if selected)



Emily Bowser’s “Effloresce” won the 2017 call to artists.


Exhibition Conditions:
Artists applying are encouraged to stop by the museum and examine the space from Barnard Street (currently the windows feature last year’s winning submission). Boxed In/Break Out will utilize the six windows closest to the Jepson Center’s Oglethorpe entrance (the windows on the other side of the lane are used for the museum gift shop display). One window may be used for a text panel or banner describing the project if the artist would like that as feature.

The window space at the Jepson is unable to be climate controlled. It is daily exposed to direct sunlight. Each window space is accessed through two door panels on the interior of the Jepson Center that open into a hallway. Electricity is limited. Two of the windows have outlets inside, and there is an additional outlet in the interior hallway from which the windows are accessed. Each window has a fluorescent light bulb at the top lighting the space that will be available to illuminate the installation during the workday and at night.

Site visits are encouraged! Contact Erin Dunn, Assistant Curator at or 912.790.8842 to schedule a visit.

Window Dimensions
95” high x 63 ½”wide x 13” deep
The panels at the back of the windows must be able to close to adhere to fire code.

Artists are responsible for the installation of their work in consultation with the museum’s registrar/collections manager.

Artist must be present for an artist talk in the Jepson Center on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6pm.

All type of media are welcomed (exceptions: live animals, performance, live plants).


 What to send: Part 1: The Written Proposal/Illustrations (Word document or pdf)

  • Contact Information
    • Full Name
    • Address
    • Telephone Number
    • Email Address
  • Illustration(s) of proposed work
    • Proposals must contain between 1 to 5 original sketches of the proposed work.
  • Detailed project description (1-page maximum)
    • Please provide information about the proposal including what materials will be used, a description of the concepts in the installation, and any maintenance the piece might require.

 Part 2: Support Materials/Previous Work

  • Resume or CV(pdf or Word)
  • Previous Work Samples/Image List
    • 1 to 5 images of previous work (JPGS, 72 dpi listed by Last name_# ex: Smith_01). Please provide a separate list in a word document or .pdf with the titles, medium, year, and location.


Summary of Proposal Requirements*

  1. Contact Information
  2. Illustration of the proposed work
  3. A one-page description of the project
  4. Previous work samples
  5. Resume

*Incomplete proposals will not be considered

Selection Process

The winning proposal will be selected by a guest curator (TBD), who has no affiliation to the Chatham County area. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Creativity and originality, feasibility, resourcefulness and suitability in the space, as well as visual appeal.

If you have any questions regarding the proposal guidelines, contact: Erin Dunn, Assistant Curator, 912.790.8842,


Emily Stamey, guest judge of the #art912 Boxed In Break Out call to artists

Guest judge Dr. Emily Stamey; photo by Sean Deckert

Guest Judge

Dr. Emily Stamey is Curator of Exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her recent projects include solo exhibitions of work by Sanford Biggers, Danica Phelps, and Hank Willis Thomas, as well as the Weatherspoon’s biennial Art on Paper exhibition. She is currently preparing Dread and Delight: Fairy Tales In an Anxious World to open next fall.

Stamey has held curatorial positions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona and the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in Kansas. Her research focuses on the social histories of modern and contemporary art in the United States. She holds an MA and PhD in art history from the University of Kansas and a BA in art history from Grinnell College in Iowa.

Photograph by Sean Deckert



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Telfair Museums reserves the right to refuse any or all submissions, and/or to withhold the honorarium should it be determined that submissions are not adequate.