From the Nile to the Mississippi: Ancient Nubia at the Saint Louis Art Museum 

Presenter: Dr. Denise Doxey is Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Date: June 26th, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM Central Time
Format: Zoom Webinar
This event is free and open to ARCE members and the general public, but advance registration is required. 
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 Nubia: Treasures of Ancient Africa, now on view at the Saint Louis Art Museum, explores the powerful but enigmatic kingdoms of ancient Nubia through their artistic achievements, including magnificent jewelry, pottery, sculpture, metalwork, and more. Drawn entirely from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, it focuses on the sites of Kerma, Napata, and Meroe, spanning some 2,000 years, from about 1700 BCE into the fourth century CE. Through Nubian art, the exhibition also examines concepts of power, representation, and cultural bias in the ancient world, in the early 20th century, and today. Join guest curator Denise Doxey for a virtual tour of the exhibition and a discussion of the behind-the-scenes process of developing it.  

Dr. Denise Doxey is Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Before joining the staff of the MFA, she was Keeper of the Egyptian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. She completed her B.A. at the State University of New York at Albany, her M.Phil at Oxford University and her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author or co-author of five books and numerous articles on Egyptian and Nubian art, archaeology and civilization. She has excavated in Greece and Egypt and has taught Egyptology courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Governors of the American Research Center in Egypt. She was the lead curator for the recent MFA exhibition Ancient Nubia Now and is the guest curator for Nubia: Treasures of Ancient Africa

Past Events

Infinite Canvases: Beyond the Sequential

Presenter: Jennifer Miyuki Babcock- Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY; Pratt Institute
Date:May 22, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM Central Time
Format: Zoom Webinar
This event is free and open to ARCE members and the general public, but advance registration is required. 
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Is Egyptian art like comics? Cartoonist and comics art scholar, Scott McCloud,
famously described ancient Egyptian art as an early form of comic art, citing its
sequential nature and fusion of text and image as support for his argument.
However Egyptian narrative is more than sequential, and as McCloud himself notes
a few years later, so is comic art. This talk will also ask why comics may first come to mind when we think of
Egyptian art, despite the long tradition of narrative art in human history. In
considering this question, we will also examine what comics may tell us about
ancient Egyptian artwork and vice versa, and what modern day cartoonists and
graphic novelists can learn from the ancient Egyptians.

Jennifer Miyuki Babcock earned her PhD at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and is
now a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art and Design at
Pratt Institute while also teaching at New York University, The New School, and The
Fashion Institute of Technology. Prior to teaching, Dr. Babcock was a Postdoctoral
Curatorial Associate at The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and held
research and fellowship positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum
of Fine Arts Boston, and the Brooklyn Museum. From 2007-2008, she was a curator
at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City, where she organized and
developed the first exhibition in the world about the art of digital and online comics.
Currently, Dr. Babcock is finishing her first book, Tree Climbing Hippos and Ennobled
Mice: Animal Fables in Ancient Egypt, which examines ancient Egyptian visual
narrative construction and conceptions of aesthetics. Her publication also
investigates how images of anthropomorphized animals are linked to oral folklore
and religious practices. Faculty development grants and awards from The New
School and The Fashion Institute of Technology have supported her publications
and research interests.

From Storage to Showcase: Conserving Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies

Presenters: Dr. Sarah Schellinger, Ohio State University, and Ms. Mimi Leveque, ArchaeaTechnica Conservation Services
Date: Saturday, 27 Mar 2021
Time: 4pm Central (US) 
Format: Zoom webinar
This event is free and open to ARCE members and the general public, but advance registration is required. 
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Dr. Sarah Schellinger is a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at Ohio State University in the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures as well as History of Art Departments. She specializes in the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt and Nubia with an emphasis on domestic architectural analysis. Before coming to Ohio State, Dr. Schellinger served as the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the San Antonio Museum of Art (2016-2018) where she curated an exhibition Egyptian Animal Mummies: Science Explores an Ancient Religion on the museum’s collection of animal mummies. Dr. Schellinger is currently the co-director of the Es-Selim R4 (ESR4) archaeological project in the Northern Dongola Reach of North Sudan. This project examines the lived experiences of Kerma Period peoples at a provincial settlement site prior to the Egyptian New Kingdom colonization of Nubia. 

Ms. Mimi Leveque, Director of ArchaeaTechnica Conservation Services, is a conservator of objects and textiles with a special interest in archaeological materials, in particular ancient Egyptian artifacts.  She has worked for over 40 years on the examination and conservation of Egyptian mummies and coffins.  She has also conducted experiments to replicate ancient Egyptian faience and cartonnage. Ms. Leveque has worked as a conservator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.  She has served as a consultant to Egyptian collections and installations for many museums across the US, including the mummy collection at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta, GA and the animal mummies at the San Antonio Museum of Art. She was also a consultant with the Getty Institute to temporarily safely house the mummy of Tutankhamun during tomb renovations. 

We are pleased to be hosting our own virtual event! To register for the Zoom link, please go to:

This summer, the American Research Center in Egypt is hosting a digital lecture series available to Members. Visit to learn more. We look forward to seeing you there!

May 23- Dr. Melinda Nelson-Hurst; co-sponsored by TN & NOLA chapters
May 30- Dr. Steve Harvey; co-sponsored by NY & PA chapters
June 6- Inês Torres; co-sponsored by NE & Vancouver chapters
June 13- Dr. David Anderson; co-sponsored by NW & OR chapters
June 20- Dr. Leslie Anne Warden; co-sponsored by DC & GA chapters
June 27- Dr. Salima Ikram; co-sponsored by TX & AZ chapters

The Missouri Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt is please to cosponsor the following digital lecture available to Members. Register here to join!

 May 9, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST

Nicholas Picardo

Ancient Egyptian “Soul Houses” in Life and in Death

Because the majority of ancient Egypt’s so-called “soul houses” have come from cemetery contexts, they are almost always classified as funerary equipment. Yet, this outlook offers little to explain their less frequent but still numerous find spots in settlements and houses. This presentation adopts concepts from the discipline of household archaeology to consider an extended range of functions and ideological importance for soul houses, ultimately positing a use lifespan that began prior to their deposition in cemeteries. Further, their use in both household and funerary practices is evaluated as a mechanism for reinforcing identities and relationships and preserving social ties between the living and the dead.

About Nicholas:

Nicholas Picardo is Associate Director of the Giza Project at Harvard University. He specializes in household archaeology and archaeological applications of digital humanities. He has served as Field Director of the South Abydos Settlement Excavation E Project and the Kom el-Hisn Provincialism Project, while also participating in other projects at Abydos, Giza, and Saqqara. He has worked previously as a Curatorial Research Associate in the Art of the Ancient World Department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he co-curated the exhibition The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC, and as Visiting Instructor of Egyptology at Brown University. A member of ARCE since 1998, Nicholas is the Chapter Representative to the ARCE Board of Governors and Treasurer of the New England Chapter.

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