Message from the Director: May 2013

Tania Sammons, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Historic Sites; Dr. Frank Rizza; Lisa Grove, Director/CEO

Hello Friends,

As we bid farewell to the incredible Renaissance paintings from the Uffizi Gallery, we look forward to several exhibitions on view this summer highlighting the museum’s permanent collection.

At the Jepson Center, we feature two exhibitions that demonstrate how indispensable generous collectors are in growing and strengthening the Museum’s collection. Silver from the Rizza Collection features over 400 pieces of American and English silver ranging in dates from the 18th to the 20th centuries. This recent donation by Dr. Rizza and his family—which transformed these beloved objects into public treasures for Savannah—has significantly enhanced the stature of the museum’s silver collection.

Similarly, the museum has recently received several significant donations of contemporary photography that further strengthen this important segment of our permanent collection. A selection of these new acquisitions will be on view in Act/Natural, featuring posed and candid photographs by internationally recognized artists.

We are also pleased to present a major exhibition at the Telfair Academy exploring the rich influence of New York on the museum’s history and permanent collection. New York Accents will include dozens of objects of decorative and fine arts from the Telfair’s permanent collection spanning from the 19th century to the present—including many of our best- known works.

I continue to be overwhelmed by the incredible financial support we receive from the community, which makes it possible for us to bring the arts to thousands each year. I was humbled by the generosity of guests at the recent Telfair Ball who pledged over $95,000 that night in support of our youth education programs. I am also delighted to announce generous corporate support of our youth education initiatives—including recent $25,000 gifts from Georgia Power Foundation and Gulfstream Aerospace. These funds provide critical support for educational programs including ArtZeum, Family Days, hands-on art activities, school tours, and outreach into playgrounds and community centers. Thank you!

Make a plan with friends or family to visit your Telfair this summer! I hope to see you soon. Warmest regards,

Lisa Grove Director / CEO