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IEAA News and Information

The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology is a Tennessee Center of Excellence. It is a component of the Department of Art at The University of Memphis, in Memphis, Tennessee (USA). The IEAA is dedicated to the study of the art, history and culture of ancient Egypt through teaching, research, exhibition, and community education.


The Egyptian Gallery is temporarily closed.

The gallery will be closed until January 2018 for improvements. Check back with us for updated information.

The IEAA is pleased to inaugurate a new series of annual lectures featuring the work of emerging scholars who began their Egyptological studies here at the University of Memphis. The "Alumni Lectures" will celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates by bringing them back to the bluff city and allowing them to share their cutting edge work with the Memphis community. Please join us in September for our first annual Alumni Lecture!


Yegegi shrine by IEAA on Sketchfab

Virtual Exhibition of Egyptian Artifacts in 3D!

Dr. Joshua Roberson, assistant professor of Art History, is working on a project to develop new skills and techniques for creating three dimensional (3D) images for research and teaching. He is compiling a pilot sample using artifacts in the IEAA collection. The images can be manipulated by the viewer to see all sides of an object. Click the arrow to the left now!

To see six more 3D images of IEAA antiquities, visit Dr. Roberson's page on Sketchfab.


Udjat eyeEgyptology Students Win University of Memphis Awards!

Daniel Smith, PhD student in History, was awarded first place at the University of Memphis Annual Student Research Forum (Graduate Liberal and Fine Arts division). This is no small accomplishment, as his presentation was on the Coptic language and its grammar!
Catherine Knowles, BA student minoring in Art History, took first place in the Undergraduate Liberal and Fine Arts division of the Student Research Forum. Her research is on the process of decorating the tomb of Horemheb.
Congratulations Daniel and Cat!


Offering figureDepartment of Art has new undergraduate Art History concentration in Egyptian Art.

The new concentration gives undergraduate students the opportunity to study various aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, focusing primarily on its art, language and literature. The University of Memphis is one of only a handful of U.S. universities with undergraduate degree programs in Egyptology.

 For information about the undergraduate concentration in Egyptian art, click here.


Events and Programs for FALL 2017

For more information about these events visit the IEAA Events page, or select highlighted text in one of the events below.

      • First Annual IEAA Alumni Lecture
        Dr. Jane Hill, Professor of Anthropology and Co-curator of the Museum of Anthropology at Rowan University in New Jersey will present - Seals, Sherds, and Figurines: Reconstructing Settlement in the Ancient Egyptian Province of Bat.
        Join us the evening of Thursday, September 28, 2017 on the University of Memphis main campus. A free public reception will precede the lecture.

      • Twelfth Annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture
        Dr. Joshua A. Roberson, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Memphis will present this year's William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture - Worlds in Stone: Cosmic Architecture and Decoration of Royal Tombs in New Kingdom Egypt.
        Join us the evening of Thursday, November 30, 2017 on the University of Memphis main campus. A free public reception will precede the lecture.


Visit our Events page for more information on these lectures.