Andrew Stewart named to Petris Chair

April 30, 2007

Andrew F. Stewart has been selected as the next incumbent of the Nicholas C. Petris Chair in Greek Studies. This endowed chair was established by the University in 1998 to mark the retirement from the State Legislature of Nicholas Petris, a loyal supporter of higher education, benefactor of the Berkeley campus, and leader of the Greek-American community of the Bay Area and California. It is awarded to a professor of great distinction in any area of Greek studies.

Andrew Stewart joined the Department of Art History in 1979 and has been jointly appointed in Classics since 1998. He is the world's leading authority on ancient Greek sculpture and a prominent interpreter of many aspects of Greek art and culture, noted  both for his theoretical acumen and for his wealth of hands-on experience with artefacts in museums and storerooms. He was also a co-director of the excavations in Tel Dor, Israel, for many years. He was previously honored with the position of Chancellor's Research Professor in Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology 1998-2003.