Mission: To achieve our mission of offering compelling expressions of visual culture, we concentrate on four areas:1) collections - architectural landmarks and focused art collections that reflect a history of embracing contemporary visual culture;2) education - programs and activities for adults and children that serve as catalysts for creativity and learning;3) exhibitions - presentations of regional, national, and international significance that provide access to art of diverse eras and cultures; &4) community engagement - partnerships and initiatives that strengthen ties to diverse audiences and encourage active engagement in community life.
Programs: Exhibitions - in 2017, the museum presented 34 exhibitions, 30 of which were organized by the telfair. The featured exhibitions ranged from a presentation of bronzes by sculptor auguste rodin to an award-winning exhibition highlighting contemporary work by three women artists from an iraqi-canadian family. A highlight of 2017 was telfair's organization of the exhibition william wegman: improved photographs, which showcased the artist's iconic weimaraner photographs alongside his more recent postcard paintings. Other significant exhibitions included nick cave, which presented soundsuits and tondos by the renowned chicago-based artist; kirk varnedoe: in the middle at the modern, a challenging multimedia installation that questioned authenticity and ignited discussion about the power of museums to bestow objects with "high or "low" value; and kahlil gibran and the feminine divine, which examined goddess imagery in telfair's collection of visual art by the lebanese-american poet gibran (1883-1931). Telfair also continued its #art912 initiative in 2017, providing exhibition opportunities to 38 local artists over the course of the year.
education programs - nearly 8,000 pre-k through college students visited the museums for educational tours in 2017. Of these, more than 3,267 elementary students participated in free discussion-based tours of the exhibition rodin: the human experience (sept. -dec. ), and an additional 350 participated in free tours for title 1 schools. 1,434 individuals, including more than 800 children, were served in 176 outreach programs to neighborhood centers, schools and visits to outreach sites from golden age centers to hospitals and organizations serving people with disabilities and veterans. 22 evening lecture, film and performance programs were attended by 2803 participants. Nearly 3,000 (2,921) people took part in the largely free pulse art and technology festival. 5,876 individuals of all ages attended six free family days. Nearly 400 children attended pre-k, toddler and head start programs. 316 youths and 50 adults took part in studio classes, camps and workshops, 40 students participating free of charge due to scholarships and funding. 1,115 people took part in daily drop in studio art making programs. 21 students took part in the museum's teen council, participated in monthly programs, and organized an art exhibition for local high school students.
collections - currently, the telfair holds over 6,000 works of art, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, furniture, decorative arts and two historic homes. These works are primarily from europe and america, ranging in date from the eighteenth century through the present. In 2017, the telfair acquired 18 works for the collection, largely through gifts. These acquisitions include paintings, works on paper, photographs, silver, mixed media and decorative art objects. These works have helped to augment and diversify the telfair's permanent collection.