Emory Report

April 6, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 27

Carlos Museum announces
new curator of ancient art

The Carlos Museum has named its first curator in Peter Lacovara, former assistant curator of ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Lacovara will be the museum's curator of ancient art effective May 1.

"Dr. Lacovara is an outstanding addition to the staff of the Carlos Museum," said Director Anthony Hirschel. "His expertise in the art and cultures of ancient Egypt and the Near East complement perfectly some of the best-known and best-loved areas of our collections. [His] responsibilities at the Carlos will span the ancient world, resulting in increased acquisition, exhibition and publication activity. He will work with students and faculty to ensure the greatest possible access to and research on our collections, and his appointment further sets the stage for expanded professional training, a fundamental obligation of university museums."

Prior to being named assistant curator at the MFA, Lacovara served as a curatorial assistant, department assistant and intern. Before that he was a research assistant at the Field Museum of Natural History and the acting registrar at the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago. His fieldwork has included site supervision at locations such as Abydos, at the Giza Plateau, Deir el Ballas and the Sphinx/Isis Temple in trips spanning the last 15 years.

"[Lacovara's] wide experience in preparing exhibitions will enable the Carlos Museum to expand upon the tradition of organizing important international exhibitions for which it is well known," Hirschel said. "This is the beginning of a new era in the museum's evolution. We are very fortunate to have attracted a candidate of Dr. Lacovara's caliber to work with us in charting the museum's future of service to Emory and the greater Atlanta community."

"It will be wonderful to have an exceptional colleague here," added Gay Robbins, associate professor of art history who also serves as a part-time faculty curator of ancient Egyptian art. "As a fellow Egyptologist, I'm extremely impressed with the breadth of Peter's knowledge. Not only does he have significant museum expertise, but his experience in excavation and research, together with his numerous published works, all make him an outstanding scholar."

A graduate of the University of Chicago, Lacovara earned his doctoral degree in Egyptian archaeology at that university's Oriental Institute. Numerous awards include National Endowment for the Humanities grants, Lab-Mellon Fellowships, a National Geographic Research Grant and NEA internship, among others. Lacovara is a member of the International Association of Egyptologists, the Society of Professional Archeologists, the Egypt Exploration Society, the Society for American Archeology and the American Research Center in Egypt.

-Joy Bell

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