Collector of Ancient Glass to Speak at Museum

Richard Brockway, director of Ancient Art International and one of the foremost collectors of ancient glass in the U.S., will present a lecture and slide show April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Brockway will speak about the history of ancient glass and the development of his collection. The event is free and will be held in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall.

Brockway received his bachelor of arts degree from Willamette University, his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Stanford University, and did further graduate study at Harvard University. For nearly 30 years he worked as an engineer for GTE telephone company, and during that time he began to assemble his collection of antiquities, which includes ceramics, sculpture, mosaics, coins, glass and lamps from Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, China and Japan. His ancient glass collection is one of the finest private collections of its kind in the country.

Brockway's lecture is in conjunction with Ancient Glass: Selections from the Richard Brockway Collection, an exhibition on display until May 20 at the museum. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition features a range of ancient glass from 1500 BCE to the 6th century CE. Included in the exhibition are drinking vessels, tableware, toiletry vessels and other glass items from Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome.

Ancient Glass: Selections from the Richard Brockway Collection has been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (corner of State and Cottage streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855.