Director, Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Graduate Advisor for MA students concentrating in Egyptian Art
Office: Art & Communication 315B
THE ORIENTAL INSTITUTE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, June 1988.
DISSERTATION: Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt, Janet H. Johnson, Director; Edward
F. Wente and Kathleen J. Shelton, Committee Readers. An analysis of "Fayoum" portrait
mummies from an Egyptological perspective that addresses questions of chronology,
provenience, iconography, and patronage.
TUFTS UNIVERSITY MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS
B.A., cum laude, in March 1975. Concentration in Classical Studies with a minor in
Anthropology. Winter Study 1974 Intern, Peabody Museum, Harvard University.
FACULTY RESEARCH GRANT, Summer 1993. Research and preliminary organization for Egyptian
art focusing on the theme of Egypt and Animals.
AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN EGYPT; RYERSON TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP (University of Chicago).
Concurrent grants tenured in Cairo (1984-85) for dissertation research. Examined portrait
mummy excavation sites and documented all known portrait mummies in Egyptian collections.
University of Chicago Tuition Scholarship, Spring 1979.
The expression of religious and social ideas in visual terms - the communication of
time and space, the concept of portraiture, the representation of the human and divine
aspects of royalty - within the artistic idiom of ancient societies; the historical
framework of interconnections, stylistic changes, and continuity; and the relationship
of art to language.
Assistant Professor, Art Department, University of Memphis. 1990 to Present
° Developed curriculum for M.A. in Egyptian Art and Archaeology.
° Graduate and undergraduate teaching responsibilities for Egyptian Art surveys and
seminars and World Art I.
° Graduate thesis advisor.
Instructor, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.
° Myth and Magic in Egyptian Art, Autumn 1989.
° Art and Architecture in Ancient Egypt, Autumn 1988.
Instructor, The Oriental Institute Museum Members' Program.
° Egypt by Armchair, Autumn 1988.
° The Art of Ancient Egypt, Spring 1986.
Director, The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, University of Memphis. 1992
Assistant Director, The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, University of Memphis.
1990 to 1992. Curatorial responsibilities for Egyptian collection.
Acting Director, Autumn 1992. Curated Views of Egypt, February to March 1992. Participant
in 1991 season of EES excavation of ancient Memphis.
Assistant Curator, The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago. 1989-90.
Curatorial responsibilities for Egyptian and ancient Near Eastern collection. Co-curated
(with Terry Wilfong), Another Egypt: Coptic Christians at Thebes (7th-8th Centuries
A.D.). The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, October 4, 1990-June
Epigrapher, The Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute, at Chicago House, Luxor,
Egypt. Season of 1986-87. Recorded reliefs and texts as part of on-going Oriental
Institute project to publish major monuments of Luxor.
Curator of Mission San Jose, Fremont, California. 1980-85. Participated in planning
of three million dollar restoration project. Registered the uncataloged collection
of the mission museum. Developed and implemented exhibit designs. Initiated and supervised
textile conservation program.
Gallery Coordinator, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, California. 1980-81. Screened
and scheduled artists. Designed and installed exhibits. Curated: Japanese Kimono and
Artifacts from Mission Indian Days.
Term-Time Student Employment: Graduate Assistant to the Registrar, The David and Alfred
Smart Gallery, University of Chicago; 1978-79. Assistant at the Oriental Institute
Summer Student Employment: Acting Registrar/Acting Archivist, The Oriental Institute
Museum; Summer 1978. Intern in the Department of Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern
Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Summer 1977.
Herakleides. A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt, with Marie Svoboda, 2010.
Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt (I-IV Centuries A.D.): with a Catalog of Portrait
Mummies in Egyptian Museums, University of Chicago, Oriental Institute, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization,
No. 56, 1995.
“Evidence for the Survival of Pharaonic Religion in Roman Egypt: the Portrait Mummy,”
in Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt II, 18, 5. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter
and Co., in press.
Review of Whitney Davis, The Canonical Tradition in Ancient Egyptian Art (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1989) in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, forthcoming.
"A Cult Function for the So-called Faiyum Portraits?," in Life in a Multi-Cultural
Society: Egypt from Cambyses to Constantine and Beyond, Studies in Ancient Oriental
Civilization (SAOC) 51 (1992): 57-61.
"Exploring the Archaeological Metaphor: The Egypt of Freud's Imagination," in The
Annual of Psychoanalysis 19 (1991): 19-32.
Contributor, "The Roman Period," Mummies & Magic, The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt,
Department of Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art, exhibition catalog. Boston: Museum
of Fine Arts, Boston, 1988. Pp. 201-215.
"Featured Object Number Seven: Gilded Funerary Mask," The Oriental Institute Museum
brochure, February 1988.
Review of David L. Thompson, Mummy Portraits in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu:
The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1982) in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies 45, no. 4 (October
SELECT ARTICLES AND EXHIBITIONS
Face to Face with the Past: Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt." In Antico Egitto, in press.
"The Mummy, Cartonnage Set and Coffin of Irtwirw." In Egyptian Museum Collections around the World, M. Eldamaty and M. Trad, eds., Supreme Council of Antiquities, Cairo, 2002.
"Masks." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, D. Redford, ed., Oxford University Press, London and New York, 2001.
"A Case for Narrativity: Gilt Stucco Mummy Cover in the Graeco-Roman Museum, Alexandria,
inv. 27808." In Gold of Praise: Studies in Ancient Egypt in Honor of Edward F. Wente, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, No. 58, E. Teeter and J.A. Larson, eds.,
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1999.
Africa's Egypt , an exhibition curated for the Pink Palace Museum, Memphis, TN, 1999.
"Mysticism and the Mummy Portraits." In Portraits and Masks: Burial Customs in Roman Egypt. M. Bierbrier, ed., British Museum Press, London, 1997.
"Painted Funerary Shroud." In Africa: the Art of a Continent, T. Phillips, ed., Prestel, Munich, 1995.Evidence for the Survival of Pharaonic Religion
in Roman Egypt." In Aufstieg und Niedergang der romischen Welt, II/18, H. Temporini and W. Haase, eds., Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 1995.
"A Cult Function for the So-called Faiyum Portraits?" In Life in a Multi-Cultural Society: Egypt from Cambyses to Constantine and Beyond, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, no. 52, J. Johnson, ed., University of
Chicago Press, Chicago, 1992.
"Exploring the Archaeological Metaphor: The Egypt of Freud's Imagination." In The Annual of Psychoanalysis, no. 19, 1991.
Another Egypt: Coptic Christians at Thebes (7th-8th Centuries A.D.), an exhibition curated for the The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago,
Chicago, IL, 1990-1991. Co-curated with Terry Wilfong.
"The Roman Period." In Mummies and Magic: The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt, S. D'Auria, P. Lacovara and C. Roehrig, eds., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1988.
"Hawara Portrait Mummy no. 4" In Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 71, 1985.
LECTURES AND PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING
“Egyptian Art of the Late Period as Represented in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,”
November 4, 1993, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
“Initiation and Transformation: The Pharaonic Cult of Isis in Roman Egypt,” March
27, 1993, panel paricipant and co-organizer (with the Memphis Jung Society) of national
symposium, Images of Isis: Feminine Consciousness in Ancient Egypt, at Memphis State
"The Most Beautiful Face Among the Gods: Ptolemaic-Roman Mummy Mask MSU 1981.1.25,"
November 2, 1991 at the annual meeting of the Southeast College Art Conference, Memphis,
"Portrait of a Pyramid: The Funerary Complex of Amenemhet III at Hawara," panel participant
and co-organizer of international symposium "The Legacy of the Pyramids" at Memphis
State University, April 6, 1991.
"A Cult Function for the So-called Faiyum Portraits?," September 6, 1990, at the International
Symposium, Life in a Multi-Cultural Society: Egypt from Cambyses to Constantine and
Beyond (in conjunction with the Fourth International Congress of Demotists, The Oriental
Institute, Chicago, IL.
"Exploring the Archaeological Metaphor" May 5, 1990 at the symposium, Sigmund Freud
and Art, The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL.
"Ozymandias Reconsidered: Profiles of Pharaonic Propaganda," November 11, 1989, at
the symposium, Images of Power: The Iconography of Kingship in the Ancient Near East,
sponsored by the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.
Lecturer, The Oriental Institute"1989 Fall Tour. Nineteen day tour of Egypt encompassing
sites from Alexandria to Abu Simbel.
Consultant and participant in Public Television's NSF sponsored Reading Rainbow episode
no. 509, "Mummies Made in Egypt," which first aired on March 30, 1989.
"Is Egyptology in Your Future?" a presentation to Hester Junior High School summer
school students, Franklin Park, IL, June 20, 1989.
Lecturer, The Oriental Institute Volunteer Guide Program's visit to "Cleopatra's Egypt:
Age of the Ptolemies," at the Detroit Institute of Art, April 8, 1989.
"How to Read a Roman Mummy," November 2, 1988, Evening Lecture Series, The Museum
of Fine Arts, Boston.
"How to Read a Roman Mummy Mask," May 1, 1988, at the annual meeting of the American
Research Center in Egypt, Inc., The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.
"The Work of the Epigraphic Survey: A Season in Egypt," January 20,
1988, Young Presidents' Organization Conference, University of Chicago.
"The Art of Amarna," November 7, 1987, at the symposium, Egypt of the Amarna Period,
sponsored by The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.
"Portraiture in Ancient Egypt," July 17, 1986, Summer Workshop for High School Teachers,
sponsored by The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.
"The Iconography of Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt," March 22, 1985, at The Netherlands
Institute for Archaeology and Arabic Studies in Cairo; Cairo, Egypt.
Lecturer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art "Red Sea Passage." Christmas 1984. Visits
to major archaeological sites in Egypt (Cairo, Luxor, Eastern Desert, and Abu Simbel)
and Jordan (Petra).
"Red-Shrouded Portrait Mummies," April 28, 1984, at the annual meeting of the American
Research Center in Egypt, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.