The Gregg Museum has moved!
The Gregg Museum offices and collections have moved to our temporary swing space. The offices and collections are now located at 516 Brickhaven Drive, Suite 200. For more information about the move, please click here.
The Gregg Museum of Art & Design has a permanent collection of over 30,000 objects. The Gregg’s collecting focus reflects the mission of North Carolina State University and supports its academic programs by providing research opportunities for NCSU students and the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The collection includes, but is not limited to, textiles, ceramics, outsider/folk art, photography, glass, sculpture & modern furniture.
Gregg staff members continue to look for new ways to bring the University’s collection to a broader audience. Professors, classes, students, and general public have access to the University’s collection by request. For more information, or to make an appointment please contact our Curator of Education, Zoe Starling at 919.513.7244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
James and Eileen Lecce Ethnic Art Collection
The Gregg Museum of Art & Design recently established the James and Eileen Lecce Ethnic Art Collection Endowment. Funded through a generous bequest, the Lecce endowment supports the purchase, care and exhibition of a unique collection of tribal art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas. The Gregg is fortunate to have the assistance of Lecce’s mentor and internationally known artist, Al Farrow, in selecting work for this collection.
In the tradition of the Gregg Museum, The Lecce Ethnic Art Collection focuses on discovery and learning. Objects from the collection document aspects of the social, cultural and aesthetic impact of agriculture from a historical and global perspective. NC State students and faculty benefit from hands-on interaction with items from the collection, thus enhancing studies in course work from agriculture and anthropology to religion and design. Special exhibitions build on the Museum’s other collection strengths in textiles, metal, photography, wood, sculpture and ceramics. Through the Gregg Museum’s website and online catalogue, the Lecce collection will eventually be available for study all over the world.
Jim and Eileen Lecce have been members of the NC State community for more than 40 years. Jim came to NC State in the mid-1950s to join the faculty of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he ultimately held the coveted William Neal Reynolds Professorship in Animal Science and Microbiology. Lecce had a distinguished academic career and retired in 1994, leaving behind a legacy including numerous publications, patents, awards and honors. In 1990, Jim began carving and sculpting, and his passion for the sciences shifted toward the visual arts. Inspired by the ethnic art of Africa, the Pacific and the Americans, Lecce’s own work has been exhibited in galleries on both coasts.
Drs. Norman and Gilda Greenberg Native American Art Collection
One of the largest planned gifts the Gregg has ever received is a collection of Native American art and artifacts from Drs. Norman and Gilda Greenberg of Durham, along with funding to maintain and properly exhibit the objects. Gathered over nearly 60 years, many of the objects were acquired from the makers while they were still living on their ancestral lands, pursuing traditional lifeways and speaking their original languages.
Norman Greenberg studied French horn under a scholarship to Juilliard in New York City before World War II interrupted his studies. After returning from service in the Marine Corps, he completed his degree in 1949, performed numerous times with the New York Philharmonic, Skitch Henderson Orchestra, became first horn in the Radio City Orchestra and performed for seven years as the original horn player of the New York Brass Ensemble. Pursuing a parallel interest, he meanwhile earned a master’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Columbia University. His wife Gilda earned her B.S. in Industrial Management at New York University, where she also earned a master’s degree in Counseling.
In the late 1940s the Greenbergs began traveling to the Southwest. In 1953 they accepted positions with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in New Mexico and established a government school for non-English speaking Navajo children in a very remote part of the state. While there, they began acquiring locally-made art and craft objects that over the decades to come would eventually expand to become a major collection including Navajo textiles, Hopi katsina carvings, Pueblo pottery, Northwest Coast carved masks, original paintings by Native Americans, and woven basketry from over twenty-one North American tribes as well as from the Eskimo of Alaska.
After their time on the Reservation they worked in public schools in Albuquerque and earned doctoral degrees at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Gilda’s degree was in Counseling and Psychology while Norman’s was in Anthropology and Education. Most of the rest of their careers were spent in higher education, especially at Peabody College of Vanderbilt and Western Michigan University where Norman was Professor of Anthropology and Senior Advisor to the President for International Affairs. Gilda was Professor of Psychology at Tennessee State University, Fisk University, University of Tennessee in Nashville and retired from Western Michigan University as Professor of Humanities & Social Science.
The Greenbergs spent extended periods of time as lecturers, consultants, and tourists in 70 countries before settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they had board appointments at the Museum of Indian Art and Culture and the Laboratory of Anthropology as senior research associates. Thirteen years later they retired to Durham, NC, where they soon learned of the Gregg Museum and decided to support it with a major gift.
Norman and Gilda Greenberg plan eventually to donate their entire collection of Native American art to the Gregg Museum of Art & Design. We are more than pleased to be one of the recipients of their true generosity.