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 CLOSED!

The Art Museum, including the Egyptian Gallery, will be closed from January 12 through 31, 2020.

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.

MFA Sistrum


Art History Student Wins University of Memphis Award!

Rachel Suddreth, M.A. student in Art History, was awarded The College of Communication and Fine Arts Graduate Thesis Award for her thesis entitled, "Artifact or Art Fake? A Study of the Loop Sistrum (Accession Number: 1994.4.26) in the Art Museum at the University of Memphis." Congratulations Rachel!



Art History Students Create 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 Collections Videos

Check back for more updates throughout the next coming months! 


Offering figureDepartment of Art has 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 Spring 2020

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

  • Egyptology Graduate Student Association Student Research Colloquium
    The Egyptology Graduate Student Association, an official University of Memphis Student Organization, is organizing a student research colloquium. Graduate students in the History and Art History programs will give papers and poster presentations highlighting their current Egyptological research. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Patricia Podzorski, IEAA curator of Egyptian Art.
    The colloquium is scheduled from 12:00 (noon) - 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 in the Shelby Room (room 342), University Center, University of Memphis. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Seventeenth Annual Legacy of Egypt Lecture
    Dr. Heba Abd el-Salam, who received her PhD in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University, will present a lecture on her work to develop and implement new approaches for preserving Egypt's cultural heritage in Minya, Egypt. She will discuss ways to foster community engagement in order to better connect local community stakeholders with their museums and heritage sites. As part of her efforts, non-traditional approaches to interpretation of museum and other heritage resources are explored.
    Check back for more information.

  • Ancient Egypt Family Day
    Join us this spring for our fun and free public event for families with kids 5 - 10 years old! Check back for more information.

Visit our Events page for more information on these events.