Department of Art and Art History Art History

2017 Eleanor Greenhill Symposium 

Sat
Mar 25
8:30am1pm

Art History Associate Professor Nassos Papalexandrou Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Tue. January 3, 2017

historical black and white photograph of President Eisenhower holding up an artifact of a soldiers helmet with two other men watching
President Eisenhower examining the diplomatic gifts presented to him during a formal visit of Greek officials in 1953

Photo courtesy of Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Texas. Not to be reproduced without permission.

 

Dr. Nassos Papalexandrou, associate professor of art history, is the recipient of an NEH grant for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, where he will work as senior associate member during the Spring 2017 semester.  Nassos will conduct research on antiquities sent from Greece as diplomatic gifts for United States presidents or other high ranking officials from the late forties to the present. These antiquities reside in Presidential Libraries and Museums here in the US (under the aegis of NARA-National Archives and Records Administration) but Papalexandrou will search for further clues about their selection and presentation in numerous archives in Greece. The project was instigated by what is perhaps the chronologically most ancient artifact on display at the Blanton Museum: this is the so-called Bonham Amphora, a Greek Geometric style funereal amphora of ca 770 BCE, an Athenian product sent to Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House during the Truman Administration, as a token of thanks for Rayburn's support for economic and military assistance to Greece after WW II under the Marshall plan. The amphora is on permanent loan from the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum, Bonham TX, and will be featured in the new gallery dedicated to Greek, Roman and Near Eastern Antiquities at the Blanton Museum to Art (scheduled to open again February 2017).

Archaeological Institute of America Honors John R. Clarke with Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement

Mon. January 2, 2017

the seal of the archaeological institute of america with an owl and a plant inside a circular seal and circa 1879
 

In early January, Dr. John Clarke will receive the Archaeological Institute of America’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement at their annual conference in Toronto. This award recognizes the archaeologists, educators, authors, and others who pursue human knowledge through archaeology and related disciplines. Clarke has been selected for his outstanding record of scholarly achievement, along with his notable contributions in both teaching and service.


 

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