Traveling Exhibitions

An Archaeologist's Eye:
The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab


In 2005 the American art historian and archaeologist Katherine Schwab (b. 1954) began experimenting with graphite and pastel pencil on paper to develop a new method of recording her observations of the Parthenon east and north metopes. A tension emerges between what is preserved and what has been lost, creating a theme of presence within absence.

Schwab's drawings arise from the intersection of artistic ability and archaeological expertise. Through the process of drawing Schwab has made new observations and discoveries that have contributed to our larger understanding of the east and north metope series.

Her drawings are divided into three sections. The first includes 16 pastel and graphite drawings of the east metopes which has the theme of the Olympian gods fighting the Earthborn giants. The second section shows 12 graphite drawings of the Sacking of Troy. Seven graphite drawings comprise the third section, which is devoted to a selection of figures from the Parthenon pediments and frieze.

The exhibition is organized by the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University, Creighton University (Omaha), and the Timken Museum of Art (San Diego).

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Order the Exhibition Catalogue

 Read what The Washington Post had to say about the exhibition.

National Tour of Parthenon Drawings by Fairfield University Professor Opens in NYC 

Article on exhibition in Greek News Online


Greek Consulate General in New York, 69 East 78th Street, New York, NY; Jan. 16 to March 7, 2014

Greek Embassy/Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C.; April 14 to August 1, 2014

Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; Sept. 13 – Dec. 7, 2014
Read about the University of Georgia's international symposium, Oct. 17-18 

Lied Art Gallery, Creighton University, Omaha, NE; Feb. 21 – March 29, 2015

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR; Nov. 7 – January 31, 2016

Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; March 31 – July 3, 2016

The Nashville Parthenon, Nashville, TN; September 4, 2016 – January 1, 2017

University Art Galleries, Texas A & M, College Station, TX; January 20, 2017 - August 1, 2017


For more information, please contact:
Carey Mack Weber
Registrar and Collections Manager
University Museums, Fairfield University
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2499





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