Digital Futures, Archaeological Pasts

(October 25 – December 6, 2018)

The Gallery will be closed November 17 – 25 for Thanksgiving Break.

In spring 2018, nine students in the History of Art seminar, “Exhibiting Historical Art: Digital Approaches to Ancient Greek Ceramics,” studied a selection of ancient Mediterranean antiquities in the collection of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, and curated this exhibition. The objects range in date from the 6th century BCE to the 1st century CE and include Greek and Etruscan vases, a Greek coin, and a Greco-Roman marble sculptural head. In addition to exploring each object’s historical context and significance, the students learned photogrammetry, a process for generating digital models of 3D objects through photography. By creating and printing these digital 3D models, students sought insight into how new, digital approaches might facilitate research into, and engagement with, ancient material and visual culture.

Digital Futures, Archaeological Pasts is the fifth student-curated exhibition to result from a partnership between the Department of History of Art and the Fine Arts Gallery, this time led by Dr. Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow for Data Curation. The exhibition is curated by Aleah Davis ‘21, Joseph Eilbert ‘19, Brant Feick ‘18, Lindsay Fraser ‘19, Kinsley Ray ‘21, Gabrielle Rodriguez ‘21, Heaven Russell ‘21, Kalen Scott ‘21, and Sarah Taylor ’18, and supported, in part, by the Department of History of Art.

Pompeii Archive: Recent Photographs by William Wylie

(October 25 – December 6, 2018)

The Gallery will be closed November 17 – 25 for Thanksgiving Break.

Featuring a selection of recent work by American photographer William Wylie, Pompeii Archive, explores the famous archeological site of a volcanic eruption in 79 C.E. with highly evocative images, shot with analog black and white film on a large format camera. Alongside his contemporary photographs are several by Giorgio Sommer (1834–1914), who was involved in excavation of the site in the nineteenth century.

An avid historian, Wylie began collecting Sommer’s images and researching his life and work. What intrigued the artist particularly was Sommer’s strategic use of photography to flatten the picture plane and create layered and stratified images evocative of the archeological process.

Wylie, a Professor of Art at the University of Virginia, was supported in this project by Yale University’s Doran Artist in Residency awards at the Sol and Carol LeWitt estate in Praiano, Italy, where Wylie was a resident in 2012 and 2015.

Pompeii Archive: Recent Photography by William Wylie is organized by the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at Colorado State University. It is brought to the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, in part, through the generous support of the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies, with additional support provided by the Department of History of Art and the Department of Art.

Special Program

“The Possibility of Ruins: A Pompeii Archive”

A lecture by featured photographer, William Wylie, Professor of Art and Director of the Studio Art Department, University of Virginia.

203 Cohen Memorial Hall
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
4:10 p.m.

William Wylie’s lecture is made possible by the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies.


I AM: Middle Eastern Women Artists and the Quest to Build Peace

(August 30 – October 10, 2018)

I AM: Middle Eastern Women Artists and the Quest to Build Peace is brought to the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery with the generous support of the Office of the Chancellor.

Opening reception Thursday, August 30
from 5 to 7 pm in Cohen Memorial Hall

Special Guests

Nicholas S. Zeppos
Chancellor, Vanderbilt University

Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler
Founding President, CARAVAN

Sheikha Lulwa Al Khalifa
Featured Artist


Special Event

A  panel discussing the influential role of Middle Eastern women in the global arts community will be held Wednesday, September 12 at 5 p.m. in room 203, Cohen Memorial Hall. at Vanderbilt University in conjunction with Nashville’s Faith and Culture Center.

Featured speakers:  Dr. Nahed Artoul Zehr, Executive Director, Faith and Culture Center, Nashville; Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair in Fine Arts; Joseph S. Mella, Director, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

Guest curated by Janet Rady, a specialist in Middle Eastern contemporary art, I AM features the work of thirty-one premier Middle Eastern women artists from twelve countries, visually celebrating the rich, diverse, and pivotal contributions that women make to the enduring global quest for harmony and peace. The exhibition premiered at the National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan, in May/June 2017. It was then showcased at St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square in London, U.K., for July/August 2017, and premiered its U.S. tour in Washington, D.C., at the Katzen Arts Center of the American University Museum in September/October 2017. The Vanderbilt presentation will be one of six in North America.

I AM is organized by CARAVAN, a nonprofit organization that promotes dialogue, understanding, and friendship between the West and the Middle East through the belief that the arts have the potential to unite and act as a universal language. The founding president of the organization, Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, says of their mission that “In the midst of the increasing chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the Middle East and West, the arts can be one of the most effective mediums to provide new pathways of understanding which transcend borders, helping us put ourselves in ‘the other’s’ shoes.” The US tour of I AM is in partnership with ArtBAB.