MADE POSSIBLE THE ENDOWMENT OF THE LEAD CURATORIAL POSITION FOR ANCIENT ART IN THE FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO
By: Iride Aparicio
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- The Fine Arts Museums in S.F. (FAM) which include the de Young Museum located in Golden Gate Park, and The Legion of Honor Museum located in Lincoln Park Golf Course, #100, 34th Avenue in San Francisco, are delighted to announce that the endowment of the Museums lead curatorial position for Ancient Art, made possible by a generous donation of long standing museum supporters George and Judy Marcus, marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Ancient Art Council at the museum, will support the study and promotion of Ancient Art in the Department of Ancient Art. Renée Dreyfus who has worked closely with the Marcuses during her 45-year tenure with the Museums, is the first to assume the title: George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Curator in Charge, Ancient Art. The first endowed position at the Museums, it marks the celebratory start to a dedicated initiative to secure endowment gifts for key curatorial roles across the de Young and the Legion of Honor in the future.
"It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the 25th birthday of the Ancient Art Council with this gift," stated George and Judy Marcus. "Drawing on years of warm collaboration, we are delighted that the first incumbent of the endowed position is Renée Dreyfus, whose dedication loyalty, and contribution to the Museums are well known and respected."
"We are deeply grateful to George and Judy Marcus for the extraordinary gift, and for their decade's long support of the Fine Arts Museums, and our ancient art program," stated Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "This endowment is a fitting tribute to Renée's exceptional work in building the Department of Ancient Art and will ensure that the fine Arts Museums' study and promotion of Ancient Art will continue to thrive into the future"
Renée Dreyfus added: "With George's advocacy and patronage, the Ancient Art Council has witnessed increased membership and support and had become the department educational component with its acclaimed lectures and performances. It has become synonymous with the department, which allows its use as a fundraising arm to sponsor programs, acquisitions, and exhibitions. For that reason, the Ancient Art Department remains indebted to George and Judy Marcus for their unstinting and stalwart support and encouragement.'
Steadfast supporters of the Museums and the work of the Department of Ancient Art, for years GEORGE AND JUDY MARCUS encouraged Renée Dreyfus to found the Ancient Hellenic Arts Council in l997, to advance acquisitions and educational programming. In 2006 this support organization was renamed The Ancient Art Council, to reflect the spectrum of art, culture, and civilizations. The department encompasses: ancient Egypt, the Near East, Ancient Greece, Etruria, Rome, and the art of early Islam.
The Marcus' Elios Charitable Foundation has generously donated two core works to the Museums' collection of ancient art, --a 5,000 year-old marble figure from the Cyclades and a rare sixth-century BC yellow faience perfume vessel in the shape of a horse-rooster (hippalektryon) Through the years they have funded Ancient Art symposiums, publications, and essential education programs that introduce ancient art to schoolchildren. George Marcus is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Museums. The Marcuses were also generous supporter of the de Young Museum Building campaign in the year 2000.