The Panayotis & Effie Michelis Foundation was established by Effie Michelis in 1979. The Foundation is a legal entity of private law administered by a five-member Board of Directors.
The Foundation’s mandate is to study and promote aesthetics and the philosophy of art.
The Foundation fulfils its mandate through a variety of activities, including scholarly publications; conferences, seminars, lectures, and art exhibitions; endowing the Michelis Chair of Aesthetics at the University of Crete.
The Foundation is headquartered at 79, Vasilissis Sofias Avenue in Athens, in an apartment building designed by Panayotis Michelis.
Also housed in this building are the Foundation’s Library of Aesthetics, which is open to the public, and its Exhibition and Events Hall, which houses a permanent exhibition of paintings by Effie Michelis, as well as by other naive artists, whose works have been donated to the Foundation to augment its Greek Naïve Art Collection.