Contact: Dr. Patricia Podzorski
April 1, 201 4 - Families can travel back in time to explore the wonders of ancient
Egypt as the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology (IEAA) hosts its annual Family
Day Saturday, April 19. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Art Museum
of the University of Memphis.
IEAA Family Day is free of charge. For group reservations, call 901-678-2649.
Participants will be able to write in hieroglyphs, color masks while learning about
ancient Egyptian gods, make a copy of an ancient Egyptian amulet and participate in
a scavenger hunt.
In addition, the event will include special tours of the Egyptian Exhibition at the
Art Museum, making and decorating a crown and scepter, and learning how to measure
the ancient Egyptian way. Bring your own camera and "picture yourself as a mummy."
The popular School for Scribes will be available again this year. In an intensive
one-hour session, older children and adults will learn about the ancient Egyptian
language, including the Rosetta Stone, and how the language was rediscovered. Scribes
must be 10 years of age or older. Enrollment is limited; call 901-678-2649 to reserve
Free parking is available in the Central Avenue lot. Paid parking is available for
$2 per hour in the Fogelman Executive Center garage on Innovation Drive, just south
of Central Ave.
The Art Museum is located on the first floor of the Communication and Fine Arts Building,
IEAA Family Day is sponsored by the IEAA, a Tennessee Center of Excellence, and the
U of M College of Communication and Fine Arts and Department of Art. The IEAA and
the Art Museum maintain the largest public collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts
in the Mid-South. More than 200 objects are on display representing 4,000 years of
Egyptian history. Exhibits include mummies, statuary, jewelry, tomb furnishings and
items from everyday life.
For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/egypt or contact Dr. Patricia Podzorski, IEAA curator of Egyptian Art, at 901-678-2649.