History of Art and Architecture

Erin Peters

Lecturer and Assistant Curator in the Carnegie Museums

Area of Specialization

Roman Egypt


Erin Peters holds a joint position as Lecturer in Curatorial Studies in History of Art and Architecture and as Assistant Curator of Science and Research in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. CMNH holds the majority of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s objects from ancient Egypt, and Peters is interested in the disparate ways Egypt is collected and displayed across the institutions. She hopes to expand this dialogue by thinking cross-museum-wide for exhibition projects and programming that combines the resources and collections of all four CMP. This investigation will be a springboard for considering the past, present, and future of museums as she develops courses for the Museum Studies Minor in HAA.

Peters’s focus stems from her research specialization in temples built in Egypt under the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, who annexed Egypt into the Roman Empire in 30 BCE. She has conducted three seasons of field research at temples in Egypt, some of which are in the process of being cleaned, revealing brilliant polychromy. Her research of polychromy is the basis for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s MediaLab and Department of Egyptian Art collaboration, “Coloring the temple of Dendur.” The collaboration (re)colored the Augustan temple of Dendur using projection mapping technology to engage museum visitors by showing the temple in a way it had yet to be seen at the Met – in (virtual) color. The Met’s project is an example of the kind of collaborative work that Peters believes will be integral to the future of museums. 

Education Details

Ph.D., University of Iowa, Art History, 2015

M.A., Seton Hall University, Museum Professions, 2009

M.A., University of Memphis, Egyptology, 2007

B.A., Arizona State University, Art History, 2003

Selected Publications

“Coloring the Metropolitan Museum’s Temple of Dendur,” to be submitted to the Metropolitan Museum Journal, October 2015.

“Review of Caesar in the City of Amun: Egyptian Temple Construction and Theology in Roman Thebes, by David Klotz.” The Classical Review 65, no. 1 (April 2015): 218–220.

(Co-authored with Elen Woods) “PAPERWORK: Exhibition Catalogue.” Seton Hall University, 2008.

Selected Awards

University of Iowa D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize in the Humanities and the Fine Arts, 2015

University of Iowa Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2014-2015

Metropolitan Museum of Art Chester Dale Fellowship in the Department of Egyptian Art, 2013-2014

University of Iowa T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2012

Seton Hall University Institute of Museum Ethics Travel Award, 2008

Selected Curatorial Projects

Research Scholar, Department of Egyptian Art and Met MediaLab Project: “Coloring the Temple of Dendur,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013-2015

Co-curator, “PAPERWORK,” Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, November 10th-December 12th, 2008

Curatorial Intern, “Everhart around the World,” Permanent Installation, Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art, 2008