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.

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.
University Classes that Use the Collections of the Carlos


African Cosmos 

Dr. Susan Gagliardi, Assistant Professor of Art History
Dr. Erin Bonning, Director, Emory Planetarium
How do artistic representations of the cosmos relate to what astronomers know about celestial phenomena? In this first-year seminar led by an art historian and a physicist, we will consider this question through parallel studies of the stars in the Emory Planetarium and arts on display at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. We will place special focus on the upcoming exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts on view at the Carlos throughout the spring semester.

Art and Display: Focus on Arts of Africa

Dr. Susan Gagliardi, Assistant Professor of Art History
What happens when objects never intended for display in a museum gallery end up in one? In this course, we will examine how shifting local and global contexts impact the display of arts created by artists identified with the continent of Africa. We will investigate how objects travel to galleries and museums in and beyond Africa. We also will consider strategies for displaying arts of Africa within museums and in other spaces. Prior coursework in the arts of Africa is not required.

ENG 181
Writing About Literature: Origins in Native American and African American Literature

Nicole M. Morris
In this course, we will explore stories of origin in the Americas, looking primarily at literature and art produced by Native Americans and peoples of African descent. These stories in many ways respond to the displacement experienced post European colonization and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. We will examine and discuss stories that appear in a variety of art forms, their potential origins, and the ways in which they connect to the social conditions of specific times and spaces. Selected texts include Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, Maryse Conde's Windward Heights, Zora Neale Hurston’s Mules and Men, and Carlos Museum exhibitions including Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon: Wixárika Arts of Modern West Mexico, Creating Matter: The Prints of Mildred Thompson, and African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. We will also engage composer Christopher Theofanidis's Creation Oratorio as performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This course is supported in part by a grant from the Mellon-funded Creation Stories project.

Classical Antiquity in Miniature: the Michael C. Carlos Collection of Greek and Roman Gems

Dr. Eric Varner, Associate Professor of Art History and Classics
Dr. Jasper Gaunt, Curator of Greek and Roman Art
Ancient Greek and Roma gems represent a rich microcosm of classical artistic production.  Carved out of semi-precious stones such as sardonyx, amethyst, turquoise and rock crystal, cameos and intaglios depict a diverse array of imagery including mythological figures, animals, fantastic creatures, and portraits. Gems were produced for, collected and worn by a wide spectrum of ancient society from prosperous middle class patrons through Hellenistic monarchs and Roman emperors.  The Michael C. Carlos Museum has a very large and significant collection of Greek and Roman gems.  The seminar will trace the history, development, iconography, and context of ancient cameos and intaglios through the Carlos gems.  Issues of conservation, collecting, and display will also be addressed.  Students will work closely with individual gems throughout the semester and produce catalogue entries and other didactic materials for eventual publication and exhibition of the collection.

Art History 226
Ancient South and Central American Art

Dr. Rebecca Stone, Associate Professor of Art History
Introduction to the art and architecture of ancient Central and South America (Northern and Central Andes) with emphasis on Costa Rica and Peru. Art of various media in the Carlos Museum collection will be featured. This lecture course, with some hand’s on sessions and meetings in the Carlos Museum, introduces the art and architecture of ancient Central and South America, from 5000 BC to 1500 AD. Goldwork, textiles, featherwork, jade, stonework, cities and cemeteries wil be discussed. Objects in the Carlos Museum will be featured and opportunities to work on an upcoming exhibition of textiles will be presented. Shamanic religious orientation, politics and art, and the technologies of these cultures will be covered

Chem 365L
Analysis of Ancient Art

Renee Stein, Conservator
The main objective of this course is to introduce a variety of instrumental techniques, including spectroscopy, chromatography, and x-ray methods.  Applied context will be drawn from cultural heritage studies and conservation research, with specific cases and laboratory exercises related to antiquities within the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Students will analyze residues for evidence of cacao in ancient pots from Central America, consider possible sources of a mysterious substance leaking from a Roman sarcophagus, and identify pigments on Inca ceremonial beer vessels from ancient Peru.  This course takes an interdisciplinary approach and is a collaborative effort between the Emory University Chemistry Department and the Parsons Conservation Laboratory.  Funding for this course is provided by the Mellon Foundation.


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.

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. This summer's internships will begin Monday, May 18 and conclude on July 31, 2015, though some flexibility in scheduling is possible. Deadline for applying for the Mellon Internship is March 20, 2015.

Summer 2015 projects include:

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. This summer, one Mellon intern  will work with the Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Dr Jasper Gaunt, to lay the foundations for a catalogue of this material. The internship will involve 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. A Mellon intern will work 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.

The third project offers a Mellon intern the opportunity to work 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, director of education, on the development of a family guide for the Egyptian collections. The position requires an organized student with advanced knowledge of ancient Egypt, Nubia and the Near East and relevant language ability (French/German).

Download the application here.

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.

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.