From the John William Pope Foundation and the North Carolina Museum of Art
March 13, 2016
RALEIGH, N.C. — The John William Pope Foundation, named for the founder of the Variety Wholesalers and Roses retail discount chain, has awarded a $500,000 grant to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh to name one of the museum’s gallery spaces in memory of the late Joyce W. Pope.
The Museum’s Gallery 2, a 2,800-square-foot gallery space that’s hosted exhibitions of work by Edvard Munch and Leonardo da Vinci, will be renamed as the Joyce W. Pope Gallery.
Joyce W. Pope, wife of John William Pope and mother of the Variety Wholesalers CEO, chairman and former state budget director Art Pope, was president of the Pope Foundation from 1986 to 1992. She was also a founding member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society.
In a news release about the announcement, Art Pope noted that his mother had always been a strong supporter of the arts. “She would be humbled. But I also think she would be delighted to know that many visitors, particularly student visitors, will continue to enjoy fine works of art during their Museum trips in a gallery that bears her name,” he stated.
The first exhibition to be presented in the new Joyce W. Pope Gallery is American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals, which opens March 19.
Money from the unrestricted grant will go toward general operating support for the museum’s exhibitions, concerts, lectures and programming.
From the John William Pope Foundation
January 27, 2016
RALEIGH, N.C. – During the annual State of the Arts and Culture presentations on January 13, the United Arts Council of Wake County recognized the John William Pope Foundation as the Individual/Foundation Winner of the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Award. Pope Foundation Chairman Art Pope was on hand to accept the award during the presentation at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Pope Foundation and NC Theatre staff and board members at the 2016 United Arts Council of Wake County Support of the Arts Awards.
Lisa Grele Berrie, President and CEO at NC Theatre, nominated the foundation for the award. Additional recipients of the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Awards included Golden Corral (Large Business Winner), Jerry’s Artarama (Small Business Winner), and educator Marshall Butler (Sanderson High School Choral Director).
The Raleigh-based Pope Foundation works to improve the well being of citizens in North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. The foundation’s past arts support has included grants to Carolina Ballet, NC Theatre, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, the Raleigh Little Theatre, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Opera. From its first grant in 1986 to the present, the Foundation’s giving has totaled more than $100 million, and has been primarily directed to organizations in North Carolina.