CSUB Anthropology Professor Spearheads Egyptian Archaeology Exhibit at Todd Madigan Gallery

Robert Yohe II

Robert Yohe II

Anthropology Professor Robert Yohe and History graduate student Deanna Heikkinen brought an idea to Dr. Carol Redmount, then Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, U.C. Berkeley and also Curator of Egyptian Archaeology at the Hearst Museum about borrowing from the Hearst’s vast holding of Egyptian artifacts to do something that had never been done at CSUB: Produce an exhibit of Egyptian antiquities (including a mummy) at the Todd Madigan Gallery. Dr. Redmount embraced the project, as did the CSUB administration, which led to a collaboration that ultimately resulted in a successful fundraising effort that paid for the crating and shipping of more than 70 artifacts to CSUB for the exhibit,”The Art of Death in Ancient Egypt.” Thanks to the expertise of the gallery’s director, Joey Kotting, science and art came together to produce something special. The exhibit opened on October 1, 2009, and was visited by more than 10,000 community members during its six-week run. A full-color catalog was also produced, written by Yohe and two Egytologists from the Hearst Museum, Joan Knudsen and Karin Kroenke, and formatted and edited by Kotting.

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