Onassis Center Wins Award for Ancient Greece Exhibition

An exhibit from the award-winning A World of Emotions Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD

The Onassis Cultural Center in New York has won a prestigious award by popular vote for an exhibition on ancient Greece.

The center was the recipient of the Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA)’s 2017 Youniversal Award for A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD.

A clear winner after public online voting began in January, the center accepted the prize at a black-tie gala event in New York on Thursday.

The GFAA’s founder and president Judy Holm said: “We believe that the GFAA program serves to educate people around the world about art and its global messages.

“The collective voice of art, amplified by the work of our nominees and other great initiatives around the world, is so needed to continually strive for better balance in the universe.”

The exhibition, which ran between March 9 to June 24 last year, contained 130 masterpieces from a range of world-class museums.

Exhibition organizers said they wanted to explore “the ideas and attitudes of people in classical antiquity toward emotion and the ways in which the emotions were depicted, revealing how some are strikingly familiar to us and some shockingly alien”.