May 2, 2016

I’m pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jean Evans as the Oriental Institute’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions.  Jean will join us on September 1st, 2016.  Jean is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich and prior to that was an Assistant Curator in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for over nine years.  Many of you are already aware that Jean has a long history at the OI as she currently holds a Research Association appointment and has worked on multiple exhibits in the museum and with faculty on field projects in Syria and Turkey.

Jean received her Ph.D in Art History and Archaeology at New York University and in 2012 published The Lives of Sumerian Sculpture:  An Archaeology of the Early Dynastic Temple which the American Journal of Archaeology review noted as “…  an excellent volume: essential for ancient Near Eastern scholars and art historians as well as archaeologists and anthropologists.”  Jean will bring her scholarly insight and broad museum experience to the Oriental Institute museum at a critical time as the museum embarks on a major gallery enhancements project, the ongoing development of the integrated database, as well as the development of exciting new special exhibits.   
I want to thank  the faculty and staff who provided thoughtful feedback and participation in the selection process, and I especially want to express my appreciation to the search committee chaired by Chris Woods, and which included Brian Muhs, James Osborne, Foy Scalf, Helen McDonald and Steve Camp.

-Gil Stein, Director of the Oriental Institute