ARTWORKS is a nonprofit organization that aims to create a fertile and nurturing environment for Greek artists through funding and public engagement opportunities.
With the 2018 inauguration of the SNF Artist Fellowship Program, ARTWORKS has been awarding monetary prizes to individual artists in recognition of their artistic skills and qualifications. The purpose of these awards is to empower the Fellows and encourage them to reflect, explore and experiment with their artistic practice. Apart from financial support, the Program offers free seminars and workshops to stimulate dialogue and creativity. The long-term goal is to create a dynamic alumni network, a support system that will promote interaction among artists, communities and institutions.
ARTWORKS was founded in 2017 and is supported by its founding donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
MARILY KONSTANTINOPOULOU - Cofounder, Program Director
Marily Konstantinopoulou studied engineering at the Metsovian Polytechnic School of Athens and holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA Techno-Economic Systems). Apart from her scientific background (MSc Environment and Development), she also studied fine art photography at the École Supérieure Nationale de la Photographie d’Arles in France and photojournalism at the International Center of Photography in New York. Marily has work experience in cultural and environmental management. Most recently she worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Department of Research and Development (MoMA R&D), a position supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Prior to MoMA, she worked as MP consultant on cultural affairs at the Hellenic Parliament. She is a graduate of the ICP-ESNP exchange program supported by the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation, an IdeasCity Athens Fellow of the New Museum, a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and a certified IPMA executive in project management.
Dimitra Nikolou - Cofounder, Program Director
Dimitra Nikoloù studied Law at the University of Athens (Lawyer with a focus in Intellectual Property and Art Law – Member of the Athens Bar Association) and Art History at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She obtained her Master’s Degree from the same University (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) in the Art Market (Economics, Taxation, Insurance and Management of Art Collections). She also holds an MBA International from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
Apart from working as an independent legal advisor on IP and Art Law, she has gained experience from several areas in the art world, such as from her work at the Museum of Modern Art the (Department of Architecture and Design, Curatorial Affairs) – a position supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, at Christie’s and Drouot auction houses in Paris etc. Before ARTWORKS, she worked for several years as an advisor-scientific associate at the Bank of Greece (Art Collection, Centre for Culture, Research & Documentation), where she curated exhibitions and catalogues and worked mostly on the digitization and management of the art collection.
Panos Giannikopoulos - ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AND RESEARCH
Panos Giannikopoulos studied History, Archaeology and History of Art at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and completed his MA in Gender, Society and Politics at Panteion University. He worked as a curator, researcher and archivist at ISET – Contemporary Greek Art Institute and as a gallery co-ordinator at Dio Horia – Contemporary Art Platform. He has collaborated with various art organisations, institutions and galleries. Most recently he curated the group shows Massage the History at the Contemporary Greek Art Institute and Open Archive: Public Art from the Center of Athens at Art Athina, International Contemporary Art Fair. He co-curated the exhibition (im)material gestures at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin, 2016). He collaborated as a researcher and curator with the 4th Athens Biennale Agora (2013) and the 5th Athens Biennale Omonoia (2015). He was part of the 2013 NEON Curatorial Exchange, an initiative in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery. He is also a curatorial fellow of the Schwarz Foundation (2016).
XAVIERA KOUVARA - COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Xaviera Kouvara holds a Bsc in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a MSc in Organizational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics. She started her career in advertising agencies in the department of Strategic Communication and then changed to Brand Communications by managing the in-house creative department of Apivita. Driven by her interest in the arts throughout the years, she worked as a volunteer in cultural institutions, before doing her internship in the Research & Development Department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA R&D) – a program supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Upon her return to Athens, she worked in the Museum of Cycladic Art, handling the organization and production of the exhibitions of contemporary art. She is attending photography and video art workshops and lectures on a regular basis, while recently she has presented part of her work in public.