Ancient Vase on Loan To Hallie Ford Museum

"Celebrating Agon" features a single Panathenaic prize amphora on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition opens Aug. 31 and continues through Dec. 21 in the Study Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum at Willamette University.

Curated by Dr. Ann Nicgorski, associate professor of art history at Willamette and a faculty curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the exhibition is timed to coincide with World Views, the freshman interdisciplinary course that emphasizes critical thinking, comparative analysis, and writing and whose focus has been on 5th century Athens for the past four years.

Once filled with precious Attic olive oil from a grove sacred to the goddess Athena, this remarkable vase served as a prize for the games of the Greater Panathenaic Festival held every four years in ancient Athens. Attributed to the Painter of the Warsaw Panathenaic and decorated in the black-figure style, the amphora features a depiction of the chariot race for which it was awarded, a statuesque image of the city goddess Athena, and an inscription that states "a prize from the games at Athens."

"Celebrating Agon" is supported by a generous grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free each Tuesday.

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