The Jepson Center for the Arts adds 64,000 square feet to the Telfair Museum’s assets. In addition to large galleries for traveling exhibitions, it has space for regional and community work, outdoor sculpture terraces, classrooms, a 200-seat auditorium, a café, and a store.
The freestanding ultramodern Jepson Center for the Arts opened on the same historic square as its parent organization, the Telfair Museum of Art. The construction of the new building features a three-story glass wall that gives outsiders a clear view of the multilevel atrium.
There are 64,000 square feet of exhibition space, and it is here the Telfair concentrates its 20th- and 21st-century collections, both owned works and traveling exhibitions. That permanent collection was bolstered on opening with the gift of more than 20 works on paper by major contemporary artists honoring the late Kirk Varnedoe, a former Museum of Modern Art curator and native Savannahian. Included in that impressive gift were works by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard Avedon, among many others. On the traveling exhibit side, an Ansel Adams exhibit closed out 2007.