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 OPEN.
We will be closed from Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 28, 2021 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Important Safety Guidelines for your museum visit: masks and social distancing are required and there are strict occupancy limits for all museum spaces.


Honoring Professor Fred Albertson on His Retirement

Fred Albertson

2020 marked the retirement of Dr. Fred Albertson after more than thirty years as a distinguished professor of classical art and archaeology in the Art Department of the University of Memphis. We will miss his presence as a colleague and our graduates will remember him with gratitude as an inspiring teacher and motivational mentor.

As professor emeritus at the University of Memphis, Dr. Albertson retains his university email address and can be reached at falbrtsn@memphis.edu for those wishing to send him congratulations and best wishes.


Professor in the News - The New York Times

Golden MummiesDr. Lorelei H. Corcoran, Professor and Director of the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology, was quoted in the NY Times article, “Archaeologists Find Mummies with Golden Tongues,” a feature in the Science Section, February 3, 2021. An expert on Egyptian mummies of the Roman period, Dr. Corcoran was consulted to comment on the recent discovery at the Egyptian site of Taposiris Magna of mummies with gilded tongues found during the Egyptian-Dominican excavation in search of the remains of Cleopatra VII and Marc Antony.

(Photo Credit: The New York Times)


The Pharaohs' Golden Parade


On April 3, 2021, 22 royal mummies, 18 kings and 4 queens, left the Egyptian Museum on Cairo's Tahrir Square for their new home at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in a parade that wound through Cairo.

Watch the full parade and celebration here!

Dr. Suzanne Onstine, Associate Professor in the Department of History, was interviewed about the parade on the BBC. Listen to hear her thoughts about the significance of the event. 



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 here to see six more 3D images of IEAA antiquities on Sketchfab.


Suckling Scene of Ramesses II from the Temple of Seti I at Abydos

Art History Student Wins University of Memphis Award!

Cannon Fairbairn, M.A. student in Art History, received 2nd place honors in the University of Memphis's 2020 Student Research Forum for her presentation, "Communicating Power Through Iconography: A Suckling Scene from the Temple of Seti I at Abydos." She also presented a poster on her research at the 2020 annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt. Congratulations Cannon!

(Line Drawing by Auguste Mariette, 1869)


Online Video Archive

Video Resources

Past Online Events
Past lectures sponsored by the IEAA are available on the CCFA Memphis YouTube page or in the IEAA Online Events Archive.

Videos of Egyptian Artifacts
University of Memphis graduate students in Art History create videos of objects in the IEAA's Egyptian collection. As part of a class assignment under the guidance of Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, three students each selected, researched and produced a short video on an ancient Egyptian object. Watch these videos on the University of Memphis' YouTube page or in IEAA Collections Videos


Events and Programs for Fall 2021

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

  • A Special Exhibition on Ancient Egypt
    Come explore the Egyptian art exhibit, Writing in Three Dimensions: Myth and Metaphor in Ancient Egypt at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis from October 18 to November 29, 2021.

  • Fifth Annual IEAA Alumnae/Alumni Lecture
    Join us on Thursday evening, October 28, 2021, for a video presentation by Dr. Erin Peters, Director of the Boyden Gallery and Collection and Lecturer in Museum Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Dr. Peters will present a lecture entitled, "Dendur in the Dodekaschoinos, Towards a Stratigraphy of Stories," focusing on how the design and decoration of the iconic temple of Dendur now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, contributed to its functional and dynamic use as a cult center.
    For additional information, visit our Events page.

  • Special eEvent from the IEAA - An Evening with Jacqueline Thurston
    Join us via Zoom on Wednesday evening, November 3, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. CDT for a presentation by Jacqueline Thurston, Professor Emerita in the School of Art and Design at San Jose State University. Thurston will present on her experiences creating the photographs in the exhibit, “Writing in Three Dimensions: Myth and Metaphor in Ancient Egypt,” at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 18 October - 29 November 2021. To register in advance for this meeting please click HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    For additional information, visit our Events page.

  • The Sixteenth Annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture
    Join us via Zoom on Tuesday evening, November 16, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. CST for a video presentation by Dr. Paul Stanwick, independent researcher and author of Portraits of the Ptolemies: Greek Kings as Egyptian Pharaohs. Dr. Stanwick will present a lecture entitled, “Jerome Robbins and Akhenaten: An Acclaimed Choreographer’s Encounters with Ancient Egypt,” which will focus on the connection between a famed American choreographer, Jerome Robbins, and his fascination with dance and movement in the ancient world as a source of inspiration for his own work. To register in advance for this meeting please click HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    For additional information, visit our Events page.