In Memoriam: Barbara Kretzer

The Weatherspoon Art Museum staff mourns the loss of Barbara Kretzer (1946-2020), an incredible member of our community for many years. A member of the Weatherspoon Arts Foundation, Barbara always supported the museum’s programs and exhibitions, and her support of To The Hoop: Baseketball and Contemporary Art, which opened earlier in 2020 was invaluable to realizing the project. While attending the exhibition’s opening party, Barbara was particularly struck by Bill Bamberger’s photographs of lone basketball hoops—among them an image of a hoop in a neighborhood near her childhood home in New Jersey—and was elated to meet the artist and learn more about his work. Barbara’s philanthropic support of many arts organizations in Greensboro has left a strong mark on the cultural life of our city. In Barbara’s memory, may we all strive to carry on her legacy through our dedication to art and the Weatherspoon.

Photo: Lynn Donovan