For all you art enthusiasts, Savannah is one of the best places to visit to experience the art culture of the past. The city is full of wonderful museums, but one of our favorites is The Jepson Center for the Arts. Make sure to cut out some of your time to tour this excellent museum during your visit. We, here at the President’s Quarters’ Inn, want you and your family to experience the best parts of Savannah. Here are a few things to know about The Jepson Center for the Arts.
Devoted to the art of today, The Jepson Center for the Arts is a great place for everyone to gain knowledge on today’s latest pieces of art and artists. The Museum, housed in a building designed by Moshe Safdie, was opened to the public in 2006. Featuring over 7,500 square feet of gallery space, The Jepson Center for the Arts was designed for major traveling exhibitions of contemporary art and installations of works from the permanent collections.
One amazing thing that the Museum holds is the Telfair’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection, a cornerstone of the Museum’s contemporary holdings. This collection was assembled in honor of the late Savannah native Kirk Varnedoe. This collection is unique in that it features works on paper by some of the most key artists of the past fifty years. The Jepson Center for the Arts features works by artists including Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Richard Avedon. Offering a diverse contemporary collection, the Museum is sure to provide you a wonderful time as you learn about the artists of this century.
Fun fact, The Jepson Center for the Arts holds the original iconic Bird Girl statue, made famous in the Jack Leigh photograph on the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Make sure to read the book before visiting the Museum!
The Jepson Center for the Arts features numerous exhibitions. One of our favorite currently is the ‘In Living: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking’ collection. This top-notch collection features works by Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation Andy Warhol. Schnitzer’s works have challenged the perceptions of the popular culture, politics, and consumerism for more than fifty years. Another great exhibition currently featured at the Center is “The Visual Blues’. This collection features the art scene in Harlem from 1919 to 1940. The Visual Blues explores the rich interaction between the visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance and the wealth of blues and jazz music. You are sure to enjoy your time as you wander through The Jepson Center for the Arts.
Now that you know about The Jepson Center for the Arts and all that it holds, it is time for you to plan your trip to Savannah. The Presidents’ Quarters Inn offers a selection of lovely rooms and suites, which are all elegantly decorated to match the southern charm of the city. This charming bed and breakfast, located right on Oglethorpe Square, neighbors several prominent historical sites and offers easy access to The Jepson Center for the Arts. We can hardly wait to see you soon!
Photo courtesy Josh Hallett.