Emory University Student Programs

Admission to the Carlos Museum is free to Emory faculty, staff, and students. The Museum offers a variety of programs of interest to the Emory community.

University Classes that Use the Collections of the Carlos


Dr. Rebecca Stone

A large and wide-ranging travelling exhibition of art from all over Native North America will open in October, 2015, at the Carlos Museum. Titled "Indigenous Beauty" and containing over one hundred works from the Arctic, Northwest Coast, California, Southwest, Plains, and Eastern Woodlands peoples, it will be the focus of this seminar. The course includes overviews of each of these areas and then specific concentration on selected works in the show. Students are not expected to have a background in this area, but be able to conduct higher-level individual research and to talk to the class on chosen works. Museology (the study of the theory and practice of museums) is integral to the seminar.

Image: Tunic and Leggings, late 19th century, Tlingit, Chilkat, Klukwan, Alaska. Cedar bark, wool, metal cones.  Diker no. 795.

Tuesday, 3-6 pm
Urbs and Image: Early Modern Engagements with Ancient Rome

Dr. Eric Varner
Pirro Ligorio’s Anteique Urbis Imago of 1561 stands as the first scholarly attempt to reconstruct ancient Rome. Meticulously researched, Ligorio’s reconstruction is based on the close study of existing ruins, coins, ancient texts and 16th century archaeological discoveries.  This seminar will explore the monuments and topography of the ancient city using Emory’s rare 1773 twelve-plate copy of Ligorio’s map and related materials in the Michael C. Carlos Museum and the Manuscript Archives and Rare Book Library.   The seminar will also be working closely with Emory’s digital platform for the map (“Views of Rome’), creating new interactive features for individual monuments featured in Ligorio’s reconstruction.

ARTHIS 387/ 592
Issues in the Conservation of Art and Cultural Property

ReneƩ Stein
This course will provide an introduction to the field of Art Conservation as well as an overview of the principle issues surrounding the care and preservation of cultural properties. Lecture and discussion will address historic materials and technologies, as well as aging properties, deterioration, and conservation treatment. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of cultures and will represent diverse media, including paper, paintings, stone, metals, ceramics, archaeological remains, and historic monuments. We will examine the use of science to recognize fakes or forgeries, document artists' working methods, and identify historic materials. Discussions will consider issues of aesthetics, artist’s intent, change over time, and compensation for loss or damage.

Kingship in Ancient Egypt
MW, 2:30-3:45 pm

Dr. Gay Robins
Have you ever wondered why the ruler of ancient Egypt is often referred to as a god-king? Does it seem absurd to you that a human being could be regarded as a god? In this class we will explore ancient Egyptian ideas about the king and the office of kingship in order to understand how a mortal king could also be in some sense divine. The ideology of kingship and the duties it imposed upon the king are reflected in much of the representational material surviving from ancient Egypt. We will examine how the Egyptians expressed their ideas about kingship visually, where these images were displayed, what their function was, who the intended audiences might have been, and what this tells us about the divine status of the king. The course will include visits to the Carlos Museum. Class attendance is required.

Ancient Egyptian Art and Hieroglyphs
TH, 9 am - Noon

Dr. Gay Robins
Egyptian hieroglyphs form a pictorial script used on monuments, in contrast to the cursive, non-pictorial hieratic and demotic scripts employed on official and literary documents written on papyrus. Hieroglyphs, created according to the same principles that underlie two-dimensional Egyptian art, are a fundamental element in Egyptian representations. Not only do they serve to identify figures and actions, but they are an integral part of the whole composition. This course explores the form, function and symbolism of this beautiful script and its relationship to Egyptian art, and introduces students to the basic grammar of Middle Egyptian, the classical language of ancient Egypt, to enable them to read standard monumental inscriptions. Sessions will include language exercises, reading of prepared and unprepared texts, analysis of monumental scenes and their associated texts, discussions of readings, Carlos Museum visits, and short presentations and papers.

Andrew W. Mellon Internships

Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Michael C. Carlos Museum offers paid summer internships for Emory University students. Graduate and undergraduate students with strong interest in and aptitude for museum work may gain experience to augment their academic program. Three interns will be selected by a committee of Museum staff and faculty advisors. The internships are ten weeks in length, and students are paid $5,000. Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, three Emory graduate students are working with curators on exciting research projects this summer. 
Between 2002 and 2008, a number of decorated ceramic vases and a great many fragments of others were donated to the Michael C. Carlos Museum by Dr. Dietrich von Bothmer, for decades curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the leading connoisseur of Greek pottery of his generation. Most are Attic black- and red-figure, but there are also some in coral red as well as Laconian and Etruscan black figure and Apulian and Campanian red-figure. Taken together, these constitute a significant contribution to the classical collections at the Carlos. Julianne Cheng is working with the Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Dr Jasper Gaunt, to lay the foundations for a catalogue of this material.  Her internship includes both intensive hands-on study and documentation of the sherds themselves; and library and online research to address topics as they arise, mostly relating to shape, subject, iconography, style, inscriptions, technique and related matters.

The project in the Art of the Americas collection revolves around the planned 2017 exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles. Edward Besse is working with Dr. Laura Wingfield, assistant curator of Art of the Americas, to research Maya textiles for the development of in gallery labels and other materials.

Amy Butner is working with the museum's Curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Dr. Melinda Hartwig, on a number of projects related to the collection, from the construction of object reference folders by case/vitrine; organizing current donor files; and the tracing of object provenance to be entered into the museum's object data base, TMS.  The intern will also work with Dr. Hartwig and Elizabeth Hornor, Marguerite Colville Ingram Director of Education, on the development of a family guide for the Egyptian collections.

The Carlos Museum also offers unpaid internships, often for credit, and other opportunities for working and learning in a museum environment for Emory students. For more information about internships, contact Elizabeth Hornor by phone at 404-727-6118, or by email at ehornor@emory.edu.

Student Research Blogs
Graduate student Shelly Burian is documenting the process of recreating a Wari textile. The project has grown out of her research with Curator of the Art of the Americas, Dr. Rebecca Stone, as well as a life-long interest in dyeing and weaving.  The final textile will be featured in the exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles, which opens at the Carlos Museum iin 2017.  Follow the blog here.
Student Docent Program

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Museum's Docent Guild to give tours to K-12 groups, students, and the general public. Each fall new student docents are recruited and receive training on the collections. They begin touring in the spring. This provides students an excellent opportunity to develop research and presenation skills. For more information, contact Julie Green at 404-727-2363 or jgree09@emory.edu.

Access to Images in the Carlos Museum Collections
Over 1,000 high resolution images of works of art in the Carlos Museum's collections are available online through a web-based, searchable database called Luna. Browse the collection or, log in with an Emory user id and password to create "media groups" and export images into presentation programs such as PowerPoint and Keynote, as well as social media programs. Information on using Luna is available here.
Public Programs of Interest to Students

The Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of public programs of interest to Emory students. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.