The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University announced today the appointment of Clare Fitzgerald, PhD, as associate director for exhibitions and gallery curator, effective March 12, 2018.

Clare Fitzgerald

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University announced today the appointment of Clare Fitzgerald, PhD, as associate director for exhibitions and gallery curator, effective March 12, 2018. Fitzgerald will lead ISAW's acclaimed program of exhibitions exploring themes related to ISAW's mission to foster study and understanding of the ancient world through innovative, connective, and interdisciplinary approaches.

Clare Fitzgerald comes to ISAW with a background in both museum education and curatorship. She holds a PhD in art history from Emory University (Atlanta), where she has been senior manager of educational programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Her academic background is in Egyptology, with a particular research interest in the definition of space and self-presentation in Ramesside Theban tombs. She has held a number of fellowships, including at the American Research Center in Egypt and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has been a consulting curator and guest curator at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute (Utica, NY), and guest curator at the Newark Museum, where she oversaw the reinstallation of the museum's Ancient Mediterranean collection, which opened in December 2017.

ISAW is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, which aims to encourage particularly the study of the connections between ancient civilizations. The exhibitions program is a powerful visual manifestation of ISAW’s intellectual reach, and bridges the divide between academic scholarship and popular appeal. It is the exhibitions program’s goal to illuminate understudied cultures and untraditional subject matter as a means of understanding cultural interaction in the ancient world, and to provide historical context for the conventions of contemporary society. ISAW exhibits artifacts for their ability to illuminate central questions about ancient cultures, especially issues related to connections between societies, whether religious, economic, political, artistic, or technological.