Jepson Center for the Arts

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Jepson Center for the Arts
Location Savannah, Georgia
United States
Type Contemporary art museum
Public transit access Chatham Area Transit

Jepson Center for the Arts is a museum of contemporary art located in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. It is one of three museum sites comprising Telfair Museums. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie and opened to the public in 2006. The museum features world-class traveling art exhibitions and houses works from Telfair Museums' permanent collection. Educational programming takes place within the Jepson Center's auditorium, community gallery, education studios, and ArtZeum, which is a unique, interactive gallery for children and families. In addition to its gallery and educational spaces, the Jepson Center has its own cafe and gift shop. The museum is also home to the original iconic Bird Girl statue, made famous on the book cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

The Jepson Center is home to the Telfair’s Kirk Varnedoe Collection, a cornerstone of the museum’s contemporary holdings. Assembled in honor of the late Savannah native, scholar, and MoMA curator Kirk Varnedoe, the collection features works on paper by some of the most pivotal artists of the past fifty years, including Jasper Johns, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Richard Avedon. The museum’s diverse contemporary collection also features important works by William Christenberry, Helen Levitt, Sam Gilliam, James Brooks, and many notable Georgia artists.

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