Thanks to Lorrie and Richard Greene, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) started a new Olympic collection. The San Francisco couple donated 59 valuable copies of official Olympic Reports and other publications dating back to 1896, a complete collection of art from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and several sport sculptures that sparked ASAMA’s new collection.
“As a result of the Greene’s remarkable donation, we hope to build our Olympic collection over the coming years,” said United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich. “We are very grateful for their generosity.”
The Greenes recently visited ASAMA in Daphne, Ala., to be among the first to view the new Special Olympic Collection located in the Academy’s library.
“We are very impressed with the Academy and what they have accomplished so far with the Olympic collection,” Richard Greene, a tax attorney, said. “We are honored to have our sports art collection displayed at ASAMA.”
Lorrie and Richard Greene have blended their interests in art and sport since their marriage in 1963. Lorrie was not much of a sports fan, occasionally going to games with Richard, but she lacked the passion he had for sports. Lorrie did have a great interest in modern and contemporary art, but Richard had never been to a museum until after they married and travelled in Western Europe.
With Lorrie’s encouragement and guidance, Richard began to learn about art, finding there was a blend of sports and art in many ways. Together they began collecting works on paper, paintings, sculptures, some posters and photography.
Lorrie and Richard have thoroughly enjoyed learning about and collecting art, even though they differ on how much time they like to spend at a museum or at sporting events. They have been very fortunate to be able to travel all over the world, enjoying museums wherever they go, whether modern, contemporary or history, learning about local cultures. They have also attended practically every major sporting event beginning with the NCAA college basketball Final Four in 1984. Among the many sporting events they have attended are seven Olympic Games, five Super Bowls, the World Series, the Kentucky Derby, all the Grand Slam tennis tournaments in one year and even the Australian Rules Football finals.
While the collection they donated to the Academy’s sport art museum is focused on sports, it would not have been put together without their joint efforts and Lorrie’s encouragement of Richard to use his new found knowledge about art and what he enjoys and blend it with sports. He began with the wire sculpture of American Olympic sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis that he commissioned in 1989 and has now donated to ASAMA. From there, he started collecting the official reports of the Olympic Games.
“I really enjoyed the journey of collecting the books and art throughout the years,” Richard said. “As I love sports and love the Olympics, collecting the reports have helped me learn so much more.”
Lorrie is a former teacher and one of the founders of STREETSMART4KIDS™ in San Francisco, raising funds for disadvantaged and homeless children.
In 1984, Richard became a founding partner of Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh, a tax, real estate and business transactional law firm where he continues to work. In addition, he has served as a trustee and president for 10 years of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and an adviser to museums and other nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, among several other leadership positions with local nonprofits.
The Greenes are both California natives and University of California-Berkley graduates. They live in Tiburon, Calif., where they have lived since 1969. They have three daughters and two granddaughters.
ASAMA, a division of the Academy, is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history, and literature. The ASAMA collection is composed of nearly 1,700 works of sport art across a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints and photographs. It is arguably the largest sport art collection in the world. The museum is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at One Academy Drive in Daphne, Ala. For more information about the Academy’s sport art museum, please visit its website.