In my last year of graduate school, I held a residential fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. As a final presentation of my dissertation research, I decided to produce a pop-up exhibition on my work—not just the content of my research, but the process of my research as well.

people viewing an exhibition
Visitors peruse my exhibition. Photo by John Lansdowne.

Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum

In 2012 I interned at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, where my primary responsibility was to help develop an exhibition about an Egyptian sacred text, a sort of holy guidebook to shrines of the crocodile god Sobek in the Faiyum region. Besides participating in essential tasks like drafting loan requests and building the object checklist, I pitched designs for a variety of interactive exhibits. When the exhibition opened a year or so later, I was delighted to see some of my ideas brought to life in the galleries.

Diagram of an interactive exhibit
My design for an interactive exhibit.