Mark your calendars and feed your brain: Fall lectures at Telfair

John Dowell photo

Photographer John Dowell will lecture at the Telfair Academy on September 26.

Harry DeLorme

Fall is here and Telfair is in the midst of an extensive series of lectures by amazing artists and scholars. We had two great talks by artists Anthony Goicolea, and Betsy Cain on September 1 and 8 respectively. This coming Monday, September 26, 6pm at the Telfair Academy, John Dowell, artist and professor at Temple University will discuss his breathtaking, high vantage point photographs of contemporary cities including Atlanta. Mr. Dowell’s work will be on exhibition concurrently at the Telfair Academy and at the Beach Institute. This lecture is free to museum members or with museum admission.

October begins with Telfair’s 2011 Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Lecture, October 4, 6 pm, sponsored by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation and the Friends of African American Art. The series presents talks by outstanding African American artists and scholars. This year, Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, Director/Curator of the University of South Texas Art Museum will present a talk entitled the Place Just Jumped: African American Visual Artists and the Jazz and Blues of Harlem. Admission is free!

The same week, on October 6 at 6 pm, the museum will present a Telfair Academy Guild lecture and unveiling of the newly recreated frame for Telfair’s mammoth painting La Parabola, by Italian painter Cesare Laurenti.

October will also bring together great scholars from the U.S. and abroad for a groundbreaking symposium on Slavery and Freedom in Savannah, October 13-15. The free symposium begins with a keynote address at historic Second African Baptist Church, and continues with a full day of talks by noted historians on Friday, October 14 and a half day on Saturday, October 15, at the Savannah Theater. Admission is free but registration is required. Register online at:

October 20, George Calfas of the University of Illinois presents a lecture on enslaved artisans who produced the first alkaline glazed pottery in North America. Calfas will share exciting developments from Edgefield, SC, where his archeological team has discovered the site of potter David Drake’s kiln. Finally, on October 24, Telfair Curator Courtney McNeil will give a talk on Czech photographer Jan Reich. Visit the calendar dates listings on for more on each of these programs, and check out these lectures to enrich your knowledge of art and history.