Friends of Greek Art
Friends of Greek Art, June 5, 2014. From left, back row: Harry Cavalaris, Dr. Spiro Macris, Georgia Macris, Mrs. Theky Pappas, Dr. Jim Sarantos, Larry Odzak; middle row: Dr. C. G. Kledaris, Hope Odzak, Noel Harris, Diana Sarantos, Alice Agapion, Helen Paliouras, Elaine Goodwin; front row: Camille Patterson, Dr. Caroline Rocheleau, Rose Marie Connell, Dena Potter, Katherine Fasul, Joyce Kekas
Ancient Greek art occupies a unique niche in the history of art: it stands at the root of western artistic traditions that were perpetuated through Rome and rediscovered during the Italian Renaissance, continued into the neoclassical period and are still found in art today.
The classical collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art thus beautifully links ancient history with the more recent past and the contemporary world. The collection provides a survey of the earliest phases of Western art, covering more than 3,000 years and much of the Mediterranean.
The Friends of Greek Art, a volunteer group affiliated with the North Carolina Museum of Art, support the Museum’s collection of classical art by:
- Donating funds and fund-raising to acquire and install important new works for the collection.
- Serving as advocates for the Museum and the classical art collection throughout the region and state.
- Continuing to build a permanent endowment.
In the future support from the Friends of Greek Art will also enable the Museum to:
- Present an annual lecture related to classical art and culture.
- Conduct and publish research on the classical collection.
- Obtain long-term loans from public and private collections in the United States and overseas.
- Present temporary exhibitions related to classical cultures of the ancient Mediterranean.
- Offer technology-based educational programs for teachers, students, and the lifelong learner.
- Cultivate collaborations with North Carolina colleges and universities.
The Friends of Greek Art offer the opportunity to honor or remember a family member or friend through the donation of funds to acquire important classical works of art or to underwrite related educational and outreach programs.
Greek, Attributed to the Syriskos Painter, Krater, circa 470–460 B.C.E., red-figure ceramic, H. 17 x Rim Diam. 16 1/2 x Base Diam. 14 1/2 in., Purchased with funds from the Friends of Greek Art and with funds from April Axton and various donors, by exchange
Greek, Attributed to the Reed Painter, White-Ground Lekythos, circa 450–400 B.C.E., ceramic with paint, H. 16 x Diam. 4 1/2 in., Purchased with funds from the Friends of Greek Art
Greek, Intaglio Ring with Scene of Nike and Trophy, 4th–3rd century B.C.E., gold, Diam. of bezel: 1 3/8 in.; H. through band: 3/4 in., Purchased with funds from the Friends of Greek Art in honor of Mary Easley, First Lady of North Carolina
Greek, Syriskos Painter, Attic Red-Figured Column Krater, circa 470 B.C.E., red-figure ceramic, H. 17 x Rim Diam. 16 3/4 in., Purchased with funds from the Friends of Greek Art, and Gift of Walter Banko