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Telfair Museum looks to achieve “cultural milestone”

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Painter Luther Vann and writer Aberjhani met 18 years ago and that chance meeting led to friendship and an artistic collaboration ever since.

The Telfair Museum of Art and member group Friends of African American Art are looking to achieve a “cultural milestone” by raising money to print “Elemental,” a book of the artists’ collaborations.

Curator of Fine Arts & Exhibitions Holly McCullough learned about “Elemental” from Bonaventure Books, the book’s expected printer, in early 2006. At the time, McCullough was looking to go forward with plans for an exhibition of Vann‘s work, a couple pieces of which are part of the museum’s permanent collection.

“I thought it would be a shame if we couldn’t partner with them to make this happen,” McCullough said. “The museum didn’t have a budget to do a full catalogue” of the exhibition, planned for this spring. McCullough saw “Elemental” as a natural stand-in for a catalogue and thought that raising the funds for the printing would present a great opportunity for the Telfair and the newly formed Friends of African American Art.


To make a donation toward the book’s completion, call 790-8892, or send a check payable to the Telfair Museum of Art to: Attn: Development Department, Telfair Museum of Art, P.O. Box 10081, Savannah, GA 31412.

For more background on the collaboration between Luther Vann and Aberjhani, go to Joel Weickgenant’s blog:

Read more about Vann and Aberjhani at Savannah Now


Written by Symphony

January 12, 2008 at 8:09 am

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