Gregg Museum of art & design

Friends of the Gregg:

2010 Purchase Party & Annual Meeting

"Skull of Santo Guerro" by Al Farrow, 1997

June 23, 2010 | 6-8pm

Gregg Museum of Art & Design

Special Guest, Al Farrow


Come out to the annual meeting of the Friends of the Gregg and enjoy some wine, hors d’oeuvres and the newest acquisitions to the James and Eileen Lecce Ethnic Art Collection. FOG will also be voting on objects to add to this collection and electing board members. Lecce’s mentor and internationally known artist,

Al Farrow will speak about his work and the selection process for acquisitions to the Lecce Ethnic Art Collection.


This annual event will be special this year and here are a few reasons why you will want to attend:

• Susan Woodson, first lady of NC State and our new Chancellor’s wife will be our SPECIAL GUEST


• We will UNVEIL SEVERAL NEW ACQUISITIONS for the Lecce Ethnic Art Collection




• The membership will VOTE ON A NEW PIECE for the Lecce Collection

What better way to spend your Wednesday evening?

Please RSVP to Hilary Kinlaw ( or 919.515.3503) .


Al Farrow

Since 1970, Al Farrow has had numerous solo exhibitions, and is currently represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. His work has been in group shows at the Oakland Art Gallery, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Falkirk Cultural Center in Marin, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, among many others. He recently had a solo show at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Farrow was featured in June 2010 Metalsmith magazine. Farrow has had over 20 years of bronze casting experience. His work is in many important public and private collections around the world, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, and other collections in New York, Germany, Italy, and Hong Kong.


James and Eileen Ethnic Art Collection

Jim and Eileen Lecce have willed their estate to NCSU to establish the James and Eileen Lecce Ethnic Arts Collection Endowment at the Gregg. Theirs will be the largest arts gift in NC State history. The Lecce Endowment has made possible the founding of a unique collection of tribal art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas. The Endowment helps support the purchase, care and exhibition of objects in the Collection with the assistance of Jim Lecce’s mentor, the well-known sculptor Al Farrow, who identifies works that are worthy of inclusion. In the tradition of the Gregg Museum, the Lecce Ethnic Art Collection focuses on discovery and learning. As it continues to grow, the Collection will document aspects of the social, cultural and aesthetic impact of agriculture, from both historical and global perspectives. NC State students and faculty will be able to benefit from hands-on interaction with items from the Collection, which in turn will enhance studies in course work from agriculture and anthropology to religion and design. The general Gregg audience will enjoy special exhibitions that build on the Museum’s other collection strengths in textiles, metal, photography, wood, sculpture, and ceramics.


Image: Skull of Santo Guerro (detail) by Al Farrow, 1997