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2014 By the Numbers

2014 Annual Report



Telfair Museums offers compelling expressions of visual culture— embracing three unique buildings and three distinct collections that bridge three centuries of art and architecture. The museum develops awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the arts and serves as a dynamic cultural center connecting people of all ages and backgrounds. TELFAIR.ORG


2014 By the Numbers People

Awards and Accolades

168,759 Total visitors 30,803 Telfair Academy 73,946 Owens-Thomas House 64,010 Jepson Center 2,835 Museum Members

American Advertising Federation Savannah Gold, Savannah Advertising Federation ADDYs for Spanish Sojourns Campaign Silver, Savannah Advertising Federation ADDYs for Spanish Sojourns Exhibition Invitation and the 2013 Arty Party Invitation

Education and Outreach

American Alliance of Museums Honorable Mention, AAM Publication Awards for Telfair Magazine

23,319 people served through education programs 73 lectures, films, and community events 153 community partners 112 outreach visits 76 free youth tours and art workshops 68 art and dance classes

Exhibitions 18 Exhibitions presented 15 Organized by Telfair Museums 1 Exhibition Publication – Slavery and Freedom in Savannah with University of Georgia Press

Collections 6,831 works in the permanent collection 11 works added to the collection

Technology 50,900 page views per month 13,400 unique visitors per month to 5,875 likes on Facebook 4,118 Followers on Twitter


American Association of State and Local History Leadership in History Award of Merit for Slavery and Freedom in Savannah Project Association of Art Museum Directors Top 100 “Next Practices in Art Museum Education” PULSE Art + Technology Festival Coastal Museums Association Excellence in Exhibition for Spanish Sojourns Connect Savannah Best of Savannah Awards Best Museum, Jepson Center Best Art Gallery, Jepson Center Best Historic Building, Owens-Thomas House Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council Award for Excellence in Documenting Georgia’s History for Slavery and Freedom in Savannah book Kahlil Gibran International Award Tania Sammons, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Historic Sites Savannah Magazine Best of Savannah Awards Best Museum/House Museum Southeastern Museums Conference Award of Excellence, Slavery and Freedom in Savannah Exhibition Best of Show, Publication Competition for Spanish Sojourns campaign Gold, Publication Competition for 2013 Arty Party Invitation The Communicator Awards Silver, for 2013 Arty Party Invitation Silver, for Spanish Sojourns campaign 3

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Endowment Draw 22%

2014 Financials

Endowment Draw 22%

Contributed Income 41% Education & Curatorial 11%

Contributed Income 41% Earned Income 2014 Operating Income – Audited 37% Earned Income 37% Administrative

Int Facilities 27%Education & Curatorial 11%

2014 Operating Income - Audited

Operating Revenue: $4,987,931

Investment Income Draw 22%


Administrative Personnel 8% 47%

Marketing Operating Expenses: $4,8

Marketing 5%


Net Income from Operations: $172,5 Net Income from Operations: $172,506 Contributed Income 41%

14 Operating Financials - Audited 014 Operating Financials - Audited Earned Income 37%

evenue: $4,987,931 Revenue: $4,987,931

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Contributed Income Contributed 41% Income 41%

ncome d%Income 37%


Operating Expenses: $4,812,745 Operating Expenses: $4,812,745

Net Income from Education & Curatorial Education & 11% Curatorial 11%

Administrative 8% Administrative 8% Marketing 5% Marketing 5%

Interest on bond Facilities 2% on bond Interest 27% Facilities Operations: $172,506 2% 27%

Personnel 47% Personnel 47%


2014 Financials Telfair Museum of Art, Inc. 2014 Statement of Activities—Audited Statements of Activities

Year ended December 31, 2014 Unrestricted Undesignated Operating Revenue Contributions Governmental support and grants Membership dues Admission charges Investment income Museum store sales, net Special events, net Rental and other revenue Net assets released from restriction and change in designation Investment income draw Other


Expenses Personnel costs Administration Investment expenses Interest Curatorial Education Marketing Maintenance and security Insurance Utilities Collection items purchased and not capitalized Depreciation

970,683 101,460 164,612 1,163,269 204,579 520,640 469,627






801,799 -


1,976,110 102,050 792,968 -


1,129,526 263,535

(676,530) 828,350

(452,996) (1,091,885)





2,246,257 374,891 104,794 406,485 137,500 216,385 752,852 237,717 335,864 2,680 -

146,356 602,127

2,246,257 374,891 146,356 104,794 406,485 137,500 216,385 752,852 237,717 335,864 2,680 602,127








Net assets, beginning of year Net assets, end of year

970,683 101,460 164,612 1,163,269 1,624 204,579 520,640 469,627

18,208,975 $



300,000 -



3,246,793 203,510 164,612 1,163,269 1,596,391 204,579 520,640 469,627








2,246,257 374,891 146,356 104,794 406,485 137,500 216,385 752,852 237,717 335,864 2,680 602,127









11,015,952 $

Permanently Restricted Endowment

Temporarily Restricted

1,129,526 263,535

4,815,425 Change in net assets

1,624 -

Unrestricted Board Designated Endowment

Total Undesignated


14,928,629 $


5,353,271 $


49,506,827 $


See accompanying notes to the financial statements.




2014 Financials Telfair Museum of Art, Inc. of Financial Position 2014 Statements of FinancialStatements Position—Audited

December 31,



ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents


Investments, at fair value Charitable foundation beneficial interest




28,975,814 2,144,000

27,714,410 1,300,000





1,304,671 142,231 265,014 23,796,897 -

1,312,250 125,438 307,798 24,289,745 -

$ 58,049,972

$ 56,055,753



Accounts and interest receivable, net Promises to give, net of discount of $63,000 and $35,000 in 2014 and 2013, respectively Inventory Other assets Property, net Collections (Note 1)

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Liabilities Trade accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities Deferred revenue Bonds payable

Net assets Unrestricted Undesignated Board designated endowment Temporarily restricted Permanently restricted endowment

375,742 161,890 6,000,000

292,541 256,385 6,000,000



17,634,622 11,969,571 16,254,876 5,653,271

18,208,975 11,015,952 14,928,629 5,353,271



$ 58,049,972

$ 56,055,753

See accompanying notes to the financial statements.



2014 Exhibitions Jepson Center

Telfair Academy

Rafael Rozendaal Websites 1/20 – 3/3

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection 7/25/2014 – 2/15/2015

PULSE Art + Technology Festival 1/29 – 4/13 Slavery and Freedom in Savannah 2/8 – 8/31 Karrie Hovey: A Garden Grows, Inside and Out 2/27- 8/17 Contemporary Masters: The Kirk Varnedoe Collection 3/28 – 7/20 Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon 4/4 – 7/27 Helen Levitt: In the Street 4/25 –9/21 “Street” by James Nares 4/25 – 9/21 Todd Schroeder 6/25-9/21 Whitfield Lovell: Deep River 8/15 – 2/1/2015 Port City: The Savannah River Through Artists’ Eyes 9/12 – 1/4/15 Savannah Collects 10/3 – 1/18/2015 Panhandle Slim 10/18 – 5/1/2015 I Have Marks to Make 12/7/14 – 1/5/15 TELFAIR.ORG


2014 Exhibitions



Education Deep River School Program

In the fall of 2014, the education department offered one of the most memorable school programs of recent years, engaging 2,896 4th grade students from the Savannah Chatham County Public Schools and other local students. Students viewed and discussed Whitfield Lovell’s powerful work exploring history and identity in the exhibition Deep River. In the studio students created their own self-portraits on wooden discs, placing them next to objects that expressed something about themselves in an ever-growing educational exhibition.

Teen Council

2014 saw the museum’s most ambitious Teen Council program to date. High school students from area schools participated in monthly meetings, learning about the workings of the three sites from staff, and assisting at museum events. The 2013-14 school year teen council also completed two significant culminating projects. The group researched and created an audio tour for Telfair’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection and organized an end of school year special event for teens called Telfair Pop!



Education PULSE Art + Technology Festival

Telfair’s popular PULSE Festival wowed an audience of 3,200 people with amazing interactive art by Cuppetelli and Mendoza, Gabe Barcia-Columbo, Rafael Rozendaal and other artists. Audiences of all ages enjoyed a fourday series of lectures and hands-on workshops, as well as electrifying performances by KidSyc and Adam Matta. The group Invisible’s musical contraptions and videogames made by local STEM Academy students were a hit at a family day attended by nearly 1,000 people.

Education Studio/ArtZeum

Thanks to major funding from Gulfstream and local donors, upgrades were made to the Jepson Center’s educational facilities including the ArtZeum and Education Studios. In the ArtZeum a new children’s reading area was created. Telfair’s digital art education programs for youth were benefited by the addition of new Mac mini studio computers and a 3D printer for use in the museums’ videogame development classes and summer camps.



Acquisitions 2014.1.1 John Henry Twachtman American (1853-1902) Mouth of the Seine, 1884-89 Etching on paper 3 3/16 x 4 ½ inches Gift of Diane and Ervin Houston


2014.1.2 Christopher A. D. Murphy American (1902-1973) Untitled (Back of Owens-Thomas House from State Street) Etching on paper 3 1/8 x 3 7/16 inches Gift of Diane and Ervin Houston 2014.1.3 William O. Golding American (1874-1943) U.S.S. Nourmahal, 1933 Pencil and crayon on paper 9 x 11 7/8 inches Gift of Diane and Ervin Houston


2014.2 Edited and released by Helen Levitt, 1952 Filmed by Helen Levitt, Janice Loeb, and James Agee in the mid 1940s In the Street 16 mm film with sound Museum purchase with funds provided by Mrs. Robert O. Levitt 2014.3 Paul Stone (American, 1928-1976) Elizabeth and the Rooster, 1963 Tempera on panel 29 1/4 x 23 1/2 inches Gift of Albert E. Stone and Grace Stone



Acquisitions 2014.4 John Taylor Arms (American, 1887-1953) Veere (sketch), 1933 Etching on paper 6 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches Demonstration plate, etched at Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences on February 10, 1933 Museum purchase


2014.5.1 William Nutter (British, 1854/59-1802) after William Hogarth Captain Thomas Coram (1668 – 1751), 1796 Engraving on paper 23 ½ x 17 inches Gift of John and Virginia Duncan 2014.5.2 David Edwin (American, b. England, 1776-1841) Reverend Henry Holcombe, D. D. (1762-1824), c. 1810-20 Stipple engraving 16 x 10 ¾ inches Gift of John and Virginia Duncan 2014.5.3 Anne Taylor Nash (American, 1884-1968) Untitled (Woman in red polka dots), c. 1930s Oil on canvas 30 x 25 inches Gift of John and Virginia Duncan

2014.6 William Tarr Untitled Ink and gouache on paper 24 5/8 x 21 ½ inches Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Emanuelson

2014.5.4 Myrtle Jones (American, 1913-2005) The Flowered Hat, before 1955 Oil on canvas 30 x 22 inches Gift of John and Virginia Duncan Conservation funded by Kim Iocovozzi, William Rhangos, Sue Ruby, Nevy Clark, Steve Jepson, Brian Culver, and Richard Middleton.



2014 Event Highlights elfair Museums hosted over 100 events and raised T over $700,000 through major fundraisers, opening receptions, engagement events and rentals! The 2014 Telfair Ball, chaired by Cindy Edwards, raised a record $492,000 and welcomed His Excellency Ramon Gil-Casares, Spanish Ambassador to the US, as Honorary Chairperson. The Telfair Academy Guild (TAG) partnered with Marc Jacobs to produce the wildly successful Art of Great Fashion in the Spring. In the Fall, TAG worked with renowned designers Phoebe and Jim Howard along with local Savannah designers to present a new and stylish event, Rooms With A View! The stakes were high at William Jay Society’s Signature Event, Monte Carlo! The 20th Annual Telfair Art Fair featured 80 artists displaying and selling works of all mediums including paintings, photography, glass, jewelry, sculptures, and mixed media. The $5,000 Carolyn Luck McElveen Best in Show Award went to Mary Sly of Friday Harbor, Washington for her work in textiles and fibers.



Endowment Campaign  ecuring the Future: S The Endowment Campaign VISION

With the opening of the Jepson Center in 2006, Telfair Museums has grown exponentially in its ability to benefit audiences in Savannah and around the globe. Met by a rapidly increasing demand for access to our creative approaches, collections, exhibitions, and programs, Telfair Museums is poised to become a premier institution, contributing to Savannah’s renaissance as a cultural destination and an educational public resource. Our vision is to establish the museum as a dynamic space where art, ideas, and experience intersect to spark imagination and learning. Endowment growth is central to achieving Telfair’s goal of serving our city as a welcoming, vibrant center where people from all backgrounds can experience great works of art, innovative ideas, and free educational opportunities—now and for generations to come. The Securing the Future endowment campaign will strengthen Telfair’s operations; support the necessary investment in our three architecturally renowned buildings, thus maximizing the potential of our world-class collection; and ensure that the museum remains a vital cultural destination, a leading center for scholarship, and a resource for the community and our state.


From Mary Telfair’s founding bequest in 1876 to the Landmark Campaign to build the Jepson Center 130 years later, Telfair Museums has long benefited from the generosity of people who share our vision. An endowment gift provides a highly visible and lasting tribute to an individual or family whose extraordinary philanthropic contributions deserve recognition and commemoration. We invite you to be part of Telfair’s remarkable legacy by supporting our work in the following areas:


Curatorial Endowments Curators are central to the life of an art museum and chiefly responsible for the acquisition and interpretation of works of art and for the organization of temporary exhibitions. As scholars and teachers, curators translate the beauty of art for the public, determining what is important and enduring, and then sharing it with students, visitors, and families. Endowment support for Telfair’s curatorial efforts may include the naming of curatorial positions, the support of conservation efforts, and the establishment of curatorial research and travel funds. Exhibition Endowments Exhibitions are at the heart of the museum experience, presenting art to the public in engaging, innovative ways. Exhibition endowments enable Telfair Museums to organize major traveling shows from its permanent collection, as well as bring international exhibits to the Savannah community. These endowments provide a stable funding source, enabling Telfair to produce ambitious, world-class exhibitions that benefit not only our local patrons, volunteers, and children in need, but also our visitors nationally and from abroad.

Education Endowments Museum educators develop the programs that allow Telfair audiences to connect to the exhibitions, helping people of all ages and backgrounds engage with the museum and enjoy the benefits of art. Through the creation of innovative programs and resources, educators provide audiences with meaningful experiences unique to Telfair Museums. Endowment support for education may include the naming of educational positions, endowing community outreach programs, and the establishment of a fund for educational resources and new technologies.


Endowment Campaign Museum Operations More than 80% of the Telfair’s $5 million operating budget comes from admission revenue and annual giving, which includes corporate sponsorships, grants, memberships, and annual contributions. The remaining 20% comes from investment income on our $22 million endowment. Additional gifts to this endowment would provide additional annual support for operations that would stabilize the museum’s annual budget and allow for more consistent planning for programs. Help us ensure that Telfair Museums will be able to serve future generations by making an endowment gift to our Secure the Future campaign!


Widely regarded as one of the top art museums in the South, Telfair Museums draws upon its rich history and extensive collection to advance the preservation and appreciation of three centuries of art, architecture, and history. Our long tradition of excellence is affirmed year after year, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts. Upon this solid foundation, we are building a museum for the 21st century: a place where past meets present and local meets global.

World-renowned collection Telfair Museums is home to an internationally known collection of over 7,000 artworks in all media—the only public resource of its kind in Savannah. Among the museum’s notable holdings are late 19th- and early 20th-century American Impressionist and Ashcan School paintings, American and English silver and furniture, and the Kirk Varnedoe Collection of works on paper by contemporary masters. We actively collect historical and contemporary works of art that illuminate the issues and complexities of our time.


Intensive education and community outreach As Savannah’s art museum since 1886, Telfair Museums serves as a leader in community outreach. Our school tour program, launched in the 1930s, has brought the joy of art to hundreds of thousands of children in our community from all backgrounds. In addition, the museum features work by artists and children in rehabilitation centers throughout the city—a program now entering its 20th year, which illustrates the impact that art can have on the healing process and its ability to transform lives. Reaching out even further, our staff and volunteers visit parks, playgrounds, community centers, retirement homes, and hospitals in every corner of Savannah, bringing art to people and communities who need it most. Cutting-edge programs and exhibitions Telfair Museums is a trailblazer in bringing experimental approaches to the museum tradition. Our annual PULSE Art + Technology Festival, for instance, invites artists from around the world to showcase the newest techniques, technology, and innovative ideas in the realm of electronic arts. Our Slavery and Freedom in Savannah project, as well, is one of the first programs nationwide to explore the complex issue of slavery in an urban setting. Additionally, Telfair is committed to ongoing gallery reinstallation projects designed to breathe new life into our breathtaking permanent collection. Commitment to scholarship Telfair Museums’ esteemed curatorial team is actively involved in rigorous study and interpretation of art and artifacts, regularly publishing research and lecturing to contribute new scholarship to the field. Recent exhibitions such as Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland, 1880-1914 and Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain broke new ground in the art world and enhanced Telfair’s reputation as a leading, visionary museum.


Endowment Campaign Supporters 2014-15 Join us! Support Telfair Museums today and help us secure the future! Anonymous (2)

Alice and Bob Jepson

Joan & Gary Capen

Josh and Kelley Keller

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cay

Ted and Karen Kleisner

Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Compton, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Macgill

Dr. and Mrs. John Considine

Dr. and Mrs. William T. Moore

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Coker, Jr.

Tammie N. Mosley

Lila and Dale Critz

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Muller

Debbie and Dale Critz, Jr.

Sylvaine and Dave Neises

Mr. and Mrs. Glen M. Darbyshire

Seacrest Partners

Thomas A. and Dorothy B. Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pinyan, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. DemĂŠrĂŠ, Jr.

Susan G. and Thomas V. Reilly Fund for Lectures

Eleanore and Domenico De Sole

Cheri D. and Benjamin R. Roach

Jan and Lawrence Dorman

Rosaleen R. Roxburgh

Cheryl D. Dozier, Savannah State University

Swann Seiler

Polly and Mitchell Dunn

Elfrida Barrow Sinkler

Mr. and Mrs. Reed Dulany III

Jacqueline and Ken Sirlin

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Edwards III

Mr. and Mrs. William E. Skinner, Jr.

Robert and Jean Faircloth

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Solomons, Jr.

Linda Fisk and Wilson Morris

Jason and Clara Stevens

T. Mills and Marianne M. Fleming

Helen R. Steward

Marla and Morris Geffen

Fran and Hue Thomas III

Philip and Oleta Harden

Don and Cindy Waters

The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation



Annual Giving The museum gratefully acknowledges those individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies whose annual membership, event underwriting, and unrestricted contributions have helped sustain Telfair’s core operations and programs.

$100,000 and up

Mr. and Mrs. F. Reed Dulany III

Mr. and Mrs. W. Waldo Bradley

City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs

Danyse and Julius Edel

Brasseler, USA

Embassy Suites

Inge A. Brasseler

Alice and Bob Jepson

$25,000 - $99,999 Alan S. Gaynor Estate Ben Carter Enterprises Joan and Gary Capen Colonial Foundation, Inc. Lila and Dale Critz

Fifth Third Bank Georgia Council for the Arts Jepson Associates, Inc.

City of Savannah Sylvia and Charles Coker, Jr. Debbie and Dale Critz Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Davis

Mrs. Robert O. Levitt

Dominion Foundation

Don and Carolyn Luck McElveen

Dulany Industries, Inc.

Mr. Richard H. Middleton, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald G. Eidell

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon J. Nagel

Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Emanuelson Dr. Marianne M. and Mr. T. Mills Fleming

Domenico and Eleanore De Sole

Ann and Lamont Osteen

Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rabinowitz

Bob and Jean Faircloth

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Reilly

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Roelle


Seacrest Partners, Inc.

J.C. Bamford Excavators, Ltd.

Mr. and Mrs. G. Dana Sinkler

Mr. and Mrs. Theodore J. Kleisner

Jacqueline and Ken Sirlin

Ms. Candace Lanier

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Kessler Wilson and Linda Fisk Morris Dave and Sylvaine Neises

Georgia Ports Authority Georgia Power Company Ann and George Hubbs

Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Levy

Cheri D. and Benjamin R. Roach

SunTrust Bank

Cathy and Philip Solomons

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Taylor

Telfair Academy Guild

Fran and Hue Thomas III

Mr. Edward Mayberry and Ms. Ann Ghisolfi

The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation

TMX Finance

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. McWhorter

Wells Fargo Private Bank

Dr. and Mrs. William T. Moore

Mr. and Mrs. Dwaine L. Willett

$10,000 - $24,999 Acuity Brands, Inc. Alan S. Gaynor Fund of the Savannah Community Foundation Anderson Family Foundation Mr. Leigh Carter Critz, Inc.


Anne P. West

Margaret F. Perryman Charitable Trust

Mr. and Mrs. John Morisano Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Muller

$5,000 - $9,999 Anonymous

Mrs. Rosaleen Roxburgh

Dr. and Mrs. R. Durwood Almkuist II

Dr. and Mrs. David H. Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson

South magazine

Dr. Victor L. Andrews

Jason H. and Clara L. Stevens

Bank of America

Mrs. Helen R. Steward

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sassano Savannah Magazine


Annual Giving Marti and Austin Sullivan

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred R. Kennickell, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. E. D. Biggerstaff III

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh M. Tarbutton

Jim and Dottie Kluttz

Blick Art Materials

Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Thorpe, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Kole

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bogert

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Tucker

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth N. Larsen

Dr. and Mrs. Sidney J. Bolch III

Pamela L. and Peter S. Voss

Dr. James and Stephanie Lindley

Ms. Anne Whitton Bolyea

Dr. and Mrs. J. Blakely Long

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H. Bradley

Dottie and Joel Lynch

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm L. Butler

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Lytle

Mrs. Ellen R. Byck

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Allen

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Cannon

Mr. and Mrs. John H. Atkinson

Mrs. Patricia C. McLeod

Mr. and Mrs. Russell W. Carpenter

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Barrow III

Dr. and Mrs. Nolan C. Moore

Mr. Kevin Cartee

Meg and Austin Buck

Dr. and Mrs. Dennis L. Myers

Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Cartledge

Mrs. Sylvan M. Byck, Jr.

Laurie and Chris Osteen

Mimi Cay

Byck-Rothschild Foundation, Inc.

Mrs. Barbara B. Paull

Circa Lighting

Mary A. Canavan

Mr. John L. Picker and Ms. Denise Regan

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Coad

Dr. and Mrs. Clifton L. Cannon, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Pinyan, Jr.

Dr. and Mrs. John M. Considine, Jr.

Cannon Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Mr. and Mrs. E. Michael Powers

Mr. James A. D. Cox and

Dr. Frank A. Rizza

Mr. Ronald C. Melander

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher W. Cay

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Roberts

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy E. Coy

Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Compton, Jr.

Mr. Len A. Cripe and Ms. Sandra L. Roth

Mr. and Mrs. William L. Crossman

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cortese

Savannah Distributing Company

D. J. Powers Co., Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen M. Darbyshire

Savannah Toyota

Dasher Management, LLC

Mr. and Mrs. Asa B. Davis III

Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Schmults

Mr. and Mrs. Archibald H. Davis

Mr. and Mrs. James Dekle

Marilyn and Wayne Sheridan

Dr. and Mrs. Kevin C. Dickinson

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Deméré, Jr.

Roger and Gail Soens

Mrs. L. Michael Donovan, Jr.

William J. Donahue

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System

Mrs. Edward F. Downing

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dorman

Downtown Neighborhood Association

Mr. F. Reed Dulany, Jr.

Mr. Charles C. Taylor and Mr. Samir Nikocevic

Dr. and Mrs. A. Joseph Edwards III

Mary and Marty Vernick

Mr. and Mrs. H. Mitchell Dunn, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Eichholz

Willis Insurance Services

Mr. Charles Ellis III

Ms. Amelia Eichholz and Mr. Michael Larsen

Mr. Richard H. Ellis and

Mr. Stephen S. Green

$1,000 - $2,499 Anonymous

Mr. and Mrs. James K. Emery

Mrs. Toby W. Hollenberg

Mrs. Leopold Adler II

Mr. and Mrs. John Eppel

Dr. and Mrs. Louis G. Horn IV

Mr. and Mrs. William Y. Atkinson IV

Jane and Ed Feiler

Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. Kaster

Atlantic Records Management Company

First Citizens Bank

Kelley and Josh Keller

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Baker, Jr.

Chloe L. Fort

Mr. and Mrs. John G. Kennedy III

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Bergen

Brian and Lynn Foster

$2,500 - $4,999 Anonymous


Mr. and Mrs. J. Laurence Dunn

Ms. Margaret M. Wright


Annual Giving Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Galloway

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Reitman

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar L. T. Gay

Dr. Richard F. Leighton and Dr. Sylvia K. Fields

Marla and Morris Geffen

Dayle and Aaron Levy

Ms. Kathi Rich

Mr. and Mrs. Sam A. George, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Levy, Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Ken Rogers

Mrs. A. M. Goldkrand

Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Macgill

Barbara and Mike Ruddy

Mrs. Julian H. Good

Mr. and Mrs. John McCarthy

Dr. and Mrs. Richard J. Greco

Mr. Robert J. Merritt

Savannah State University, Dr. Cheryl D. Dozier

Mr. and Mrs. Kent C. Gregory

Mickey Rountree Insurance Agency, Inc.

Ms. Swann Seiler

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Gussler

Dr. Robert B. Miller

Mr. and Mrs. W. Russell Shaw

Oleta and Philip Harden

Dr. and Mrs. William A. Miller

South State Bank, Mr. John C. Helmken II

Hargray Communications

Ms. JoAnn M. Miller

Mr. and Mrs. David N. Sovchen

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Harlander

Minis and Company, Inc., Mr. Mark Allen

Mrs. Ellen F. Spitz

Minis and Company, Inc., Mr. Felton Jenkins

Mr. and Mrs. W. Brooks Stillwell

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jackson Morrison, Jr.

Mrs. W. Travis Strahan

Dr. and Mrs. Charles L. Harris Dr. Melvin L. Haysman and Mrs. Roberta Kamine-Haysman Ms. Linda Heasley and Mr. Stephen Coady

Ms. Tammie N. Mosley

Mrs. Lombard M. Reynolds

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Randall A. Stolt Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sugden Zelda and Sheldon Tenenbaum

Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas L. Henry

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Muller

Mrs. Robert A. Henry

John and Carolyn Neely

Ms. Elise K. Hill

Kelly and Wayne Newberry

Mr. David M. Hillenbrand

Judy and Gary Oakes

Jean and Willard Holland

OB-GYN Centers, P.C.

Dr. Dorothy and Mr. Raymond Holmes

Oliver Maner, LLP

J. T. Turner Construction Company, Inc.

Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians

Dr. and Mrs. Juha I. Jaakkola

Elizabeth M. Oxnard

Dr. and Mrs. Michael J. Jackson

Mr. and Mrs. David E. Paddison

Mrs. Chris M. Johnson

Ms. Kelley B. Parker

Rodger Johnson

Dr. and Mrs. Aaron W. Pederson

Mr. and Mrs. Myron Kaminsky

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Peeples

Martin L. Karp

Dr. Alan Perkin

Karsman, McKenzie & Hart Mr. and Mrs. William C. Keightley

Mr. Murray C. Perlman and Mr. Wayne Spear

Dr. Dorothy W. Kingery

Dr. Barbara A. Phillips

Mr. and Mrs. Rhett N. Willis

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kohn

Donald and Phyllis Powell

Emily Winburn

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Kostilnik

Blanche Nettles Powers and Andrew J. Powers

Lynn and Philip Wirth

Madison P. Prickett and Jane Griffin


Dr. Gerald E. and Jan Kramer Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Lauretti


The Landings Art Association The Parker Companies, Greg M. Parker The Rotary Club of Savannah Mr. Zachary H. Thomas Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Tomhave Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. Townsend Mr. Tripp Turner Mr. William R. Udry Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Vinyard Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. L. Walter Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Webb / MENTOR Mr. Barry Weiner and Ms. Sophia McGuire Susan and Ron Whitaker

Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Wise

Ms. Mary E. Raines


Impact of Your Gifts Scholarships for Education: The Kathy von Hollen Gift

In January 2014, Telfair Museums received a phone call that would transform our educational offerings for the next two years. Kathy von Hollen—a financial planner with a passion for providing learning opportunities for Savannah’s underserved youth—was so impressed with Telfair’s art classes that she wanted to find a way to extend these opportunities to children from lower economic backgrounds. She liked the idea of supporting childhood development, she said, “to change the course of someone’s life early on.”

This change quickly took root. Thanks to Kathy’s generosity on behalf of the Margaret F. Perryman Charitable Trust, 480 children received free scholarships to Telfair’s art camps, classes, and Pre-K Head Start programs. Alongside caring professional artists, these students explored museum galleries for the first time. They designed videogames, crafted jewelry, developed photographs, created screenprints, built musical instruments, and learned the finer techniques of painting and sketching, all later featured in curated exhibitions at the Jepson Center.

The Richard Middleton Curatorial Fellowship

Curators are central to the life of an art museum. As scholars and teachers, they translate art for the public, determining what is enduring, skillful, daring, and new, and they share these important works with visitors of all ages. But that raises the question: where does one go to learn how to be a curator? Well, thanks to a multiyear gift from Richard Middleton, that answer is simple— Telfair Museums. Through the creation of a two-year, full-time position, the Richard Middleton Curatorial Fellowship is an opportunity for a young professional to gain real experience in historical research, exhibition planning, curatorial publication, and the implementation of new exhibits. In her first year as a Richard Middleton Curatorial Fellow, Erin Dunn has achieved all of this and more. From creating layout plans for major traveling shows, to researching and coordinating exhibitions of her own, Erin has played a vital role at Telfair, praised for her keen intelligence, collaborative spirit, and enthusiasm for curatorial work. This generous gift from Richard Middleton gave Telfair the resources to provide a young curator with real career experiences, instilling valuable skills needed to excel in future professional roles. “This position is my first real foray into the world of curatorial practice,” says Erin, “and I look forward to developing my goals and ideas professionally and academically as a contemporary art curator.” Thanks to the immense generosity of Richard Middleton, her dream is already underway.

Telfair Museums has never forgotten the kindness of Kathy’s gift, but more importantly, neither have the students. As one eight-year-old girl wrote in a letter to Telfair, “Thank you for awarding me this scholarship to the Jepson Summer Art Camp. I enjoyed doing each and every activity. I’m very grateful you gave me the opportunity to attend.” And so is Telfair.



Impact of Your Gifts Students to Studios: School Tours from the Byck-Rothschild and Anderson Family Foundations

Can you remember your first trip to an art museum? For many children in Savannah, that answer is easy. It happened in fourth grade, when they first stepped through the doors at Telfair Museums and were asked not only to look at a piece of art, but to think critically about it, comment on it, and create daring artworks of their own. Thanks to significant local support from the Anderson Family Foundation and Byck-Rothschild Foundation, Inc., nearly 3,000 children received this experience in 2014. Serving every fourth-grader in Chatham County, these family foundations provided each child with a guided tour of Whitfield Lovell: Deep River, plus a professional art workshop, a Free Family Pass to the museum, and a curated exhibition of their work displayed in the Jepson Center’s Morrison Gallery.

“The students would not stop talking about how awesome the field trip was,” said a teacher at Hodge Elementary. “The students usually don’t get the opportunity to get out of their own neighborhood…so they were definitely fascinated by going to an actual museum.” Telfair made an indelible mark on these students, as well as others in the community as a result of the Whitfield Lovell exhibition and school tours. Local stylist and creative guru, Libbie Summers, was also moved by Deep River and fourth-grade students’ self-portraits inspired by Lovell’s work. Summers collaborated with Telfair to design a fabulous holiday tree installation at the Jepson Center. Local artists and art teachers citywide were invited to join in and design an ornament inspired by Lovell’s tondos—a Renaissance term for round painting—to adorn the trees. The resulting student and professional pieces were featured during Telfair’s holiday tree event, Jepson Jingle, which celebrated Savannah’s local artistic talent and the museum’s longest-running education program. It was a mission-centered fête, which Telfair will replicate in 2015, again with Summers’ help.

A teacher at Charles Ellis Elementary exclaimed, “This is an amazing program that we are very fortunate to have in Savannah!” Telfair is also fortunate: we are grateful for the generous support from the Anderson Family Foundation and Byck-Rothschild Foundation, who make this outreach possible.



Impact of Your Gifts Modern Masters from The Kirk Varnedoe Exhibition Support from Bank of America Exhibitions are the soul of a museum. Whether they challenge or inspire, haunt or delight, exhibitions are the portals through which we explore buried emotions, burning questions, and discover meaning in the world around us. This is why Telfair Museums is so grateful to sponsors like Bank of America, who not only invest in the arts, but also—through their support of Telfair exhibitions—help to make the museum come alive. Bank of America’s support of Contemporary Masters: The Kirk Varnedoe Collection brought some of the most beloved prints in Telfair’s permanent collection out for public viewing. Over 25,000 people visited the exhibit, which spanned decades of artistic movements from pop art, to minimalism, to innovative works in photorealism. The show even inspired Telfair’s Teen



Council to create a complete, student-designed audio guide. This popular mobile tour gave guests the chance to dive into these masterworks on an even deeper level, providing a richer, multisensory exhibition experience. As a lasting tribute to the Savannah-born scholar and curator, The Kirk Varnedoe Collection comprises works from artists who Varnedoe most admired, serving as a testament to the close relationships he forged throughout his famous career. Telfair Museums is proud to house this permanent memorial, and we are grateful for our own relationships with organizations like Bank of America, who not only appreciate these pieces, but who make them available to all.


2014-15 Board of Trustees Executive Committee

Honorary Trustees

Alice Jepson, Chair

Richard D. Eckburg

Cheri Roach, Chair-Elect

Robert S. Jepson Jr.

Robert F. Faircloth, Secretary

Carolyn Luck McElveen

Kenneth Sirlin, Treasurer Dr. William T. Moore, Vice Chair Tammie N. Mosley, Vice Chair Thomas V. Reilly, Vice Chair Frank S. Macgill, Legal Counsel T. Mills Fleming, Immediate Past Chair

Trustees Emily Cay Sylvia Coker

Betty Melaver Ann Miller Frida Moore Sinkler Cathy Solomons Helen Steward

Ex-Officio Trustees Elisabeth Biggerstaff, Telfair Ball 2015 Carrie B. Egerton, William Jay Society

Charles B. Compton Jr.

Anne Gardner, Telfair Academy Guild

Tiffany Considine

Frances Lowery-Wilson, Friends of African American Arts

Dale C. Critz Jr. Glen M. Darbyshire Dr. Cheryl D. Dozier Oleta Harden Josh N. Keller

Linda McWhorter, Gari Melchers Collectors’ Society Lisa Pinyan, Telfair Art Fair Dee Sutlive, Friends of Owens-Thomas House

Theodore J. Kleisner Linda Fisk Morris David E. Paddison Rosaleen R. Roxburgh Swann Seiler William E. Skinner Jr. Hue Thomas III



2015-16 Nominees for Election to the Telfair Board of Trustees Jan Hill Dorman was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She

Dave Neises is President of The Commonwealth

graduated from Mills College in 1968 and then served in the Peace Corps and VISTA. After several years with Bank of America she attended Stanford University, receiving her MBA in 1975. She and her husband, Lawrence Dorman, also MBA 1975, then moved to New York. Jan worked for International Paper Company, directing tax-exempt financing for several years before becoming managing partner of Institutional Energy Investors, a private equity firm investing in the oil and gas business. After moving to Connecticut, she continued consulting and teaching. In a move to Boston, she was the major gifts officer for UNICEF for several years. She has served on the board of the Florence Griswold Museum, in Old Lyme, CT; the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she chaired the Patrons Program; and the board of UNICEF. She and her husband moved to the Savannah area four years ago.

Company, an advisory firm specializing in real estate and finance for the hospitality industry. Previously, he held several executive positions with The Promus Companies (now a part of Hilton Hotels), culminating with Senior Director of Development for Homewood Suites by Hilton. Prior to that, he served in numerous capacities within the hotel and restaurant fields. He and his wife Sylvaine moved to Savannah six years ago from Atlanta. He sits on the board of the Savannah Music Festival and serves on its Executive Committee. He was previously Chairman of the Georgia Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate, and was Past President of the Georgia Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society. He has guest lectured at Cornell University and Georgia State University, and is a graduate of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration.



Member Profiles Ellesse Garvin

Ellesse Garvin got involved at Telfair Museums while still in her teens. As a member of the Teen Council, she learned what happens behind the scenes at Telfair, and liked it so much that she came back to intern after her freshman year at Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majors in studio art. In addition to her internship with Telfair’s Education Department, she also has interned at the Spelman Museum of Fine Art, with artist Fahamu Pecou, and recently traveled to Florence, Italy for an internship with the Advancing Women Artists Foundation. Even while her career zooms forward, she still looks back fondly at her time at Telfair. “The techniques and directions and just the way they handle their business in the Education Department really helped me,” she says. While her future isn’t set in stone, she hopes to become an art consultant, with a special focus on helping young people start personal art collections. “I guess with all my internships,” she explains, “I’m figuring out what I’m trying to do in the art world. And I think I’ve really found my niche.”

Alisa Hyde

Alisa Hyde, an art teacher at Southwest Elementary School, has been bringing her 4th graders to Telfair Museums for 34 years. She knows the value of giving students experiences beyond the school’s walls. “The field trip brings art home to them,” she says. “They don’t understand what it is until they get a good look at it. Having it in a place where they can see the actual artwork just opens their eyes in a way that I can’t do in a classroom.” Alisa became an art teacher because of a similar educational program in Toledo, Ohio, where as a child she took weekend art classes at the local museum. Alisa came away knowing exactly what she wanted to do with her life, and she thinks the same thing might be true of her students. “I’m sure that if I was influenced that way, then a lot of my student would be influenced that way, too.” She also says that Telfair is absolutely essential for her job. “I don’t think I could stay in Savannah without it. I’d have to go somewhere else.”

Casey Blandford

Casey Blandford first came to Savannah to study at SCAD in 2000, and it was only natural that he’d take an interest in the South’s oldest public art museum. He explains, “You get a mixture of contemporary art, art for the ages, local history, and you really just can’t beat the value of it.” It’s rare for Casey and his wife to miss a lecture or exhibition opening, and he hopes that the next generation of art patrons will follow suit. “That’s one of the reasons I try to go, to be involved with the local community and to try and bridge the gap there. I would like to see more interaction with the newer generation coming up.” For Casey, Telfair is a gathering place for the local artistic community, and the museum brings him closer to his adopted hometown. “One of the reasons I like Telfair is the connection to Savannah and the South and local history. Part of its mission is to bring that to the public’s attention. But I also like having all of the other international artists who come through and exhibit. It’s a nice, well-rounded group of shows.”



2014 By the Numbers



Telfair Museums 2014 Annual Report  
Telfair Museums 2014 Annual Report