Director’s Message – May-September, 2012

Lisa GroveI am honored to be your museum’s new director!

Thank you for extending such a warm welcome to my family and me during this period of transition. Over the past four months, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many amazing people who make up the Telfair family. I’ve listened as you have shared personal stories about why the museum matters to you, and its relevance to our community. I have witnessed the excitement of great programs and events, including the Telfair Ball and the amazing PULSE: Art + Technology Festival. I have been deeply touched by the level of commitment and passion that so many of you demonstrate for the museum.

The Telfair is truly an inspiring place, and I look forward to building on this history and passion as we chart a course for our next 125 years. I invite you to attend Telfair Museums Annual Meeting and reception on May 24 at 6 pm as we celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and set our sights on the exciting years ahead.

We have a lot of exciting exhibitions and programs in store for you this summer, so I hope you will plan to visit us often! At the Telfair Academy, we will present an exhibition of permanent collection works by Kahlil Gibran, followed by a show of Low Country inspired works by local artist Preston Russell. At the Jepson Center, we will present an incredible show of works by Reverend Howard Finster, one of America’s most widely known and prolific self-taught artists. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement, we will present a show more than thirty glass objects from the museum’s permanent collection as well as incredible glass pieces from local collectors.

We are pleased to unveil new additions to our ArtZeum on April 19. These new additions, which offer activities for ages 3-5, were made possible through the support of TAG. We also are pleased to offer a great lineup of summer camps for children of all ages. Remember, the Telfair is a great place to bring your children and grandchildren on a hot summer’s day!

In closing, I would like to say a few words of thanks. First, I would like to thank each of you, our members, for your ongoing support. It is thanks to your generous support that we are able to offer world-class exhibitions and education programs that bring the arts to thousands each year. I would also like to thank the Telfair’s Board of Directors for offering me this opportunity to lead such an amazing institution in this wonderful community.

And finally, I would like to thank Cathy Solomons for her dedication and hard work as Interim Director. I can’t imagine better footsteps to follow in than Cathy’s-she is such a genuine and giving person whose passion for the Telfair is evident in everything she does. We all owe Cathy a huge debt of gratitude. Thank you, Cathy.

I’m delighted to be part of the Telfair family and the Savannah community, and I look forward to seeing you at Telfair Museums soon!

Lisa Grove


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