About the IEAA

The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, founded in 1984, is a component of the Department of Art of The University of Memphis, in Memphis, Tennessee (USA), and is a Tennessee Center of Excellence. It is dedicated to the study of the art and culture of ancient Egypt through teaching, research, exhibition, and community education.

As part of its research and teaching objectives, the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, (hereafter IEAA), is engaged with various field projects in Egypt. Currently, the IEAA supports an epigraphic survey in the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt, and the Theban Tomb 16 project among the Tombs of the Nobles at Thebes.

The Egyptian Gallery is OPEN.   

Important Safety Guidelines for your museum visit: masks and social distancing are strongly recommended.


Mission Statement

Select this link to read the full text of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology's Mission Statement.

History of the Institute

Select this link to read about the history of Memphis, Tennessee's interest in ancient Egypt and the foundation and growth of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis.

IEAA Publications

Gods of Ancient Memphis, Stephen P. Harvey and Melinda K. Hartwig, 2001.

Fragments of a Shattered Visage: The Proceedings of the International Symposium on Ramesses the Great, Edward Bleiberg and Rita Freed, eds., 1991

Ramesses II and the Bible, Steven L. McKenzie, Th.D., 1987.

A Divine Tour of Ancient Egypt, Rita E. Freed, 1983.

Ancient Egypt: A Guidebook, Carol Crown with an essay by Rita E. Freed, 1983

Click here for information on ordering any of the publications listed above.