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Sheila Dillon, Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Classical Studies and Chair of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Sheila Dillon


Sheila Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches courses on Greek and Graeco-Roman art and archaeology. Her research interests focus on portraiture and public sculpture and on reconstructing the statuary landscape of ancient cities and sanctuaries. Her books include The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (2010); Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles (2006), which was awarded the James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2008; Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias (2006); and an edited volume A Companion to Women in the Ancient World (2012). Professor Dillon was a member of the Aphrodisias Excavations in Turkey from 1992-2004, has worked at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothrace, and now spends summers doing fieldwork in Athens. Her current research includes a collaborative project to publish the portrait sculpture from the Excavations in the Athenian Agora with a group of current and former students and a digital mapping project of the archaeology of Roman Athens, a collaborative endeavor centered in the Wired! Lab that involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke. She has just begun research on a new monograph that will explore the history of portraiture in Athens from the Hellenistic to the Roman periods. Professor Dillon was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology from 2013-2016.


Contact Info:
Office Location:  114 S Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, A261, Durham, NC 27708-0766
Office Phone:  (919) 684-6082
Email Address: send me a message
Web Pages:  https://duke.app.box.com/folder/2249763099
http://dukewired.org

Teaching (Spring 2019):

  • ARTHIST 215S.01, WOMEN IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD Synopsis
    Smith Wrhs A290, W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
    (also cross-listed as CLST 243S.01, VMS 209S.01)
Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • ARTHIST 727S.01, GREEK SCULPTURE IN ATHENS Synopsis
    Smith Wrhs A101, Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as CLST 754S.01)
Office Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:30 or by appointment.
Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Room A263
Education:

Ph.D.New York University1994
M.A.New York University1989
B.A.Rutgers University New Brunswick1987
AASFashion Institute of Technology, SUNY
Specialties:

Greek & Roman Art
Sculpture
New Technologies for Visualizing Historical Materials
Research Interests: Greek sculpture; portraiture; funerary monuments

Current projects: Death and the Art of Sculpture in Athens: Classical to Neoclassical

Roman Portrait Statuary in Athens

Sheila Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her fields of research and teaching are Greek and Roman art. Her most recent book is entitled The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (Cambridge University Press 2010), a project for which she received an NEH faculty fellowship in 2005 and which has just been released in paperback (2011). Her book Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles (2006; paperback edition 2012) was awarded the James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2008. Professor Dillon was a member of the Aphrodisias Excavations in Turkey from 1992-2004, and collaborated on the study and publication of Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias (2006), the second volume in the Aphrodisias Monograph series. She co-edited A Companion to Women in the Ancient World with her colleague Sharon James of UNC-Chapel Hill (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and is developing a project on death and the art of sculptural commemoration in Athens from the 5th century BCE to the 19th century CE, which will leverage digital visualization for recreating standing monument cemeteries. Prof. Dillon is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology (2013-2016).

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Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Marianne E Wardle  
  • Lindsey Mazurek  
  • Elizabeth Baltes  
  • Rachel L. Meyers  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Dillon, S, The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (March, 2010), Cambridge University Press [available here]
  2. Dillon, S, Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles (April, 2006), Cambridge University Press (Winner of the 2008 James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America..) [Ancient]
  3. with Dillon, S; Smith, RRR; Hallett, CH; Lenaghan, J; Voorhis, JV, Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias (June, 2006), Philipp von Zabern, Mainz Germany (Reviews: J. Tanner, BMCR 2007.04.07.)
  4. Dillon, S; Welch, K, Representations of War in Ancient Rome (paperback) (2009), Cambridge University Press [of%20War%20in%20Ancient%20Rome/?site_locale=en_US]
  5. S. Dillon and S. James, co-editors, The Blackwell Companion to Women in the Ancient World (January, 2012)
  6. Dillon, S, Portraits of Women in the early Hellenistic Period, in Early Hellenistic Portraiture: Image, Style, Context, edited by Hoff, RVD; Schultz, P (October, 2007), pp. 63-83, Cambridge University Press [available here]
  7. Dillon, S, Women on the Columns of Trajan and Marcus and the Visual Language of Roman Victory, in Representations of War in Ancient Rome, edited by Dillon, S; Welch, K (April, 2006), pp. 244-271, Cambridge University Press
  8. Sheila Dillon,, Subject selection and viewer reception of Greek portraits from Herculaneum and Tivoli, Journal of Roman Archaeology, vol. 13 (Fall, 2000), pp. 21-40
  9. Sheila Dillon, , Figured Pilaster Capitals from Aphrodisias in Caria, American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 1997 no. 101 (October, 1997), pp. 731-769 [html]
  10. Sheila Dillon,, The portraits of a civic benefactor of 2nd-c. Ephesos, Journal of Roman Archaeology, vol. 9 no. 9 (Fall, 1996), pp. 261-274
Selected Grant Support

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Faculty Fellowship: 2005-2006.      
  • Millard Meiss Publication Grant, 2004, College Art Association.      


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