Emory University Student Programs

Admission to the Carlos Museum is free to Emory faculty, staff, and students. The Museum offers a variety of programs of interest to the Emory community.

Student Docent Program

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the Museum's Docent Guild to give tours to K-12 groups, students, and the general public. Each fall new student docents are recruited and receive training on the collections. They begin touring in the spring. This provides students an excellent opportunity to develop research and presenation skills.

Andrew W. Mellon Internships

Thanks to the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Carlos Museum offers two paid summer internships for Emory University students. Graduate and undergraduate students with strong interest in and aptitude for museum work may gain experience during the summer term to augment their academic program. This summer, two interns will be selected by a committee of Museum staff and faculty advisors. The internships are ten weeks in length, forty hours per week, and students are paid $5,000. This summer's internships will begin Monday, May 19 and conclude on August 1, 2014, though some flexibility in scheduling is possible. Deadline for applying for the Mellon Internship is March 21, 2014.

Summer 2014 projects include:

Working with Dr. Amanda Hellman, curator of African art at the Carlos, on the upcoming exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, which opens at the Carlos in January 2015, and on the reinstallation of the permanent gallery of African art. The Mellon Intern will assist with researching and writing labels; the final planning for African Cosmos; assessing and researching the African collection for reinstallation; and redesigning the permanent galleries.  Some background in contemporary art and traditional African art and strong writing skills preferred.

The project in the Art of the Americas collection revolves around the planned 2017 exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles. The Mellon Intern will work with Dr. Rebecca Stone, curator of Art of the Americas, to finalize the object selection, prioritize conservation needs, reconstruct one or more ancient textiles for an article in the exhibition catalogue, and research individual Bolivian and Peruvian pieces. Background in the textile history of Americas, in weaving, and in museology are preferred.
Working with Andi McKenzie, assistant curator of works on paper, the third Mellon internship will focus on the upcoming exhibition God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis is Prints and Drawings. This exhibition will consist of works on paper from the Carlos Museum's permanent collection, MARBL, Pitts Library, and other institutions. The Mellon Intern will work closely with Carlos Museum staff in all phases of exhibition planning, including research, developing didactic material, and exhibition layout.

Download the Mellon Internship Application here.

The Carlos Museum also offers unpaid internships, often for credit, and other opportunities for working and learning in a museum environment for Emory students. For more information about internships, contact Elizabeth Hornor by phone at 404-727-6118, or by email at ehornor@emory.edu.

University Classes that Use the Collections of the Carlos


African American Studies AAS385W-001 
Black Odyssey: Migration, Home, and the African American Cultural Experience
Dr. Mark Sanders, Professor of English and Chair, African American Studies
Dr. Dwight Andrews, Associate Professor of Music

Taking up music, literature, film, and the visual arts, this course will examine the multiple ways in which African Americans have attempted to forge and articulate individual and collective identity within a western political and artistic context. Thus, in addition to a close examination of Romare Bearden’s A Black Odyssey series itself, on view in the Carlos galleries, the course will explore the role of jazz and gospel, for example, relative to black migration north and into urban centers; we will read slave narratives and their formulations of flight and selfhood; and we will examine African American visual artists and their interpretations of mobility and identity formation.

Art History 319R
The Life and Afterlife of Egyptian Statues
Rachel Krieter
Using Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, this seminar will offer an in-depth look at Egyptian statuary: its form, function, context, and relationship to other ancient Egyptian media and statuary of other cultures. Students can expect to become familiar with various statue types and gain the ability to date objects, as well as make cross-disciplinary comparisons between Egyptology and other fields of art history through three-dimensional Egyptian sculpture. Additionally, the course will present theory and issues in the study of objects such as ownership and reuse, repatriation, modern reception, and collection.

Art History 729
Roman Art in the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Current Issues in Roman Art History

Eric Varner
The Michael C.  Carlos Museum has amassed an impressive collection of ancient Roman art.  This seminar will extensively examine the portraits, reliefs, sarcophagi, statuary, funerary urns, gems and ceramics housed in the museum and situate them within broader trends and current theoretical frameworks in Roman art historical discourse.  In addition, students will work closely with individual objects in the museum and the seminar will address important issues of social, political, historical and aesthetic meaning, as well as context, reception, and production.  The seminar will also address issues of collecting (several pieces in the Museum have provenance histories stretching back to the 16th, 17th,  18th and early 19th centuries), conservation and museum display.
Art History 393/ Phys 380
Special Topic – Investigating Art with Physics

Renee Stein, Conservator
This course will introduce students to a selection of art materials and to the physical techniques used to analyze them. Questions of material choice, working method, authenticity, provenance, and restoration are each addressed through the scientific investigation of art. Lecture and discussion will consider historical uses of materials in the production of art, as well as the circumstances motivating the scientific investigation of specific objects. Case studies from the Carlos Museum collection will provide context for these discussions. In hands-on workshops students will produce paper, drawings, and paintings on which they will conduct practical lab experiments using beta radiography, infrared reflectography, neutron activation analysis, and ultraviolet fluorescence. Prior coursework in physics, visual arts, or art history is not required.

Art History 592

Rebecca Stone, Massie Martin/NEH Professor of Art History
This seminar will address the curatorial aspects of museum work, as practiced currently at university museums such as the Michael C. Carlos Museum and municipal museums such as the High Museum of Art. There will be real-time, hands-on exhibition planning, case design, and label and wall-text writing projects on future installations. Ancient American (First Nations) and Works on Paper collections will be featured.  Meetings with staff at the MCCM will introduce the roles played by the various departments as they work together to create these installations.

Access to Images in the Carlos Museum Collections
Over 1,000 high resolution images of works of art in the Carlos Museum's collections are available online through a web-based, searchable database called Luna. Browse the collection or, log in with an Emory user id and password to create "media groups" and export images into presentation programs such as PowerPoint and Keynote, as well as social media programs. Information on using Luna is available here.
Public Programs of Interest to Students

The Carlos Museum offers a wide variety of public programs of interest to Emory students. For a complete listing of these programs, please see the Calendar.