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Join the Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society

An active Telfair Museums Membership is required for eligibility to join/renew our Member Groups.

Select your level below to join or renew your Melchers Society membership:

$500 Individual »

$750 Dual »

$1,000 Julian Story Sponsor »

$1,500 Frederick Carl Frieseke Friend »

$2,500 Carl Brandt Backer »

$5,000 George Bellows Benefactor »

The Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society, known as GMCS, is named in honor of Gari Melchers, Telfair Museums’ fine arts advisor from 1906–1916 and a respected American artist who acquired some of Telfair’s most important and enduring works. The Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society was established in 2005 by a group of dedicated supporters who became the founders of the organization. General membership in the Society is open to all Telfair members – from seasoned or aspiring collectors to those who are simply interested in supporting the growth of the museum’s permanent collection and experiencing unique educational programs.

Melchers Society members enjoy close interaction with Telfair’s director, curatorial staff, and fellow collectors and art enthusiasts, and experience special access to the museum’s art holdings. Society members also benefit from members-only programs and behind-the-scenes tours designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of art, including private exhibition previews, gallery walks, and exclusive programs with experts in the field. Art-related travel opportunities, ranging from visits to artists’ studios and private collections to prominent art fairs, museums, and galleries, are an exciting part of Melchers Society membership. Most importantly, Melchers Society members play an integral role in Telfair operations by actively participating in the growth of the museum’s collection.

GMCS Acquisition Highlights

Since its founding in 2005, the Melchers Society has purchased 16 important works of art for Telfair’s permanent collection, representing a variety of time periods, styles, and media.

Upcoming Events

Join us for these exciting GMCS events!

GMCS Private Collection Visit

April 18 at 5:30pm
Private visits are a core component of the Gari Melchers Collectors' Society's (GMCS) mission and philosophy! As a member affiliate group that supports the growth of Telfair's permanent collection, the GMCS offers its members opportunities to go behind the scenes at the museum's three sites and visit local, private collectors and artists.

GMCS Annual Meeting

May 4 at 5:30pm Jepson Center
Save the date! The Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society (GMCS) will meet for its Annual Meeting on May 4. This is an opportunity to gather with fellow Melchers members and learn more about upcoming exhibitions, acquisition opportunities, and vote on programming directions for the GMCS!
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