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Telfair Museum of Art Announces Major Expansion Plans
The Board of Trustees of the Telfair Museum of Art has announced the beginning of the Landmark Campaign, a capital fund-raising campaign to support major expansion of the museum's facilities and services.
The Landmark Campaign has a minimum needs goal of $15 million. The first phase is the construction and outfitting of a new 45,000-square-foot museum building. The addition will be located on Telfair Square.
In addition to exhibiting art of the 20th and 21st centuries, the new building will provide critically needed travelling exhibition and storage space, improving the Telfair's ability to educate the public and preserve art works. The new building will add over 8,000 square feet of exhibition space and an education component of 5,000 square feet that will include interpretive galleries, studio space, and a teacher resource center. There will also be an outdoor sculpture gallery, a library, an auditorium, a cafe, and a museum shop.
The second phase of the Landmark Campaign will complete important restoration work on the interiors of the Academy and the Owens-Thomas House and increase the operating and art acquisition endowments.
As the oldest public art museum in the South, the Telfair Museum of Art was endowed by Mary Telfair and opened in 1886. Since then, the museum has grown into an important cultural resource for the city, state, and region.
This page was originally published in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information. rev. 11/28/11
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