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Telfair Museums invites Savannah artists to submit for public art exhibition


SAVANNAH, GA (December 1, 2020) — Telfair Museums is inviting local artists to submit proposals for its sixth annual call to artists, Boxed In/Break Out.

Amiri Geuka Farris (American, B. 1974), ‘Breakout!’, mixed media including cardboard box, brown bags, printmaking, vintage comics, acrylic paint, ink, glitter, courtesy of the artist.

Part of Telfair’s community-focused #art912 initiative, the annual competition is dedicated to raising the visibility and promoting the vitality of artists living and working in Savannah.

Telfair is excited to offer local Chatham County artists an opportunity to feature their art at the Jepson Center! Works chosen for Boxed In/Break Out are displayed across the museum’s six windows that face Barnard Street. The artist chosen should 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. The project will be displayed from May 14, 2021-April 29, 2022.

“Through the ongoing #art912 initiative, Telfair Museums showcases the incredible talent of local artists. Boxed In/Break Out, now in its sixth year, is a unique opportunity for artists to display their work in a publicly-viewable exhibition space along the façade of the Jepson Center,” said Erin Dunn, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. In addition to museum-sponsored promotion, the artist will participate in a forum with curator Erin Dunn and will also receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Details, conditions, and proposal requirements are available at The winning proposal will be selected by a guest curator from outside the Chatham County area.


Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021 (Winner will be notified by email by Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the latest)

Application fee: None

Window dimensions: 95” high x 63 ½”wide x 13” deep.

Email proposals to: Erin Dunn, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, at with the subject line Boxed In/Break Out

Eligibility: Must be at least 18 years old and be an artist living or working in Chatham County

Honorarium: $1,000

About Telfair Museums

Opened in 1886, Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South and the first U.S. museum founded by a woman. The museum features a world-class art collection in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District and encompasses three sites: the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and the Telfair Academy. Two National Historic Landmarks—the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters—showcase the complicated history of 18th- and 19th-century Americans, free and enslaved, who lived and toiled in Savannah. The Jepson Center houses the museum’s more than 7,000-work permanent collection, including important works of American Impressionism and the Ashcan School; the largest collection of Kahlil Gibran’s visual art in the United States; seminal 20th-century photography by Walker Evans, Helen Levitt, and Bruce Davidson; and essential works by contemporary artists in the museum’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection. For more information on Telfair Museums, visit

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