Faya Causey
Head of Department, Academic Programs
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Faya Causey is head of the academic programs department at the National Gallery of Art. The department is responsible for development and supervision of the public lecture programs, panels, conversations, symposia and conferences. Most of these programs are recorded and then produced for the website, in audio and some in video. to date, over 600 programs are now on the Gallery's website. Emphasis is on programming about contemporary artists, collectors; and new research emphasizing the making of art including film. The academic programs department also oversees the museum fellowship and internship programs. rnrnShe has lectured and published on a range of subjects, but primarily on amber, antiquity, contemporary art and museums. Her specialty is ancient art, focused on archaic Greek art and Italy before the Romans. Causey is the author of essays appearing in journals, catalogues, and anthologies. Her systematic Catalogue of the Ancient Figured Amber (Greek, Etruscan and Italic) in the J. Paul Getty Museum is the first online systematic catalogue; Getty 2011. A printed book Amber and the Ancient World (Getty, 2011) is aimed at the well-educated, non-specialist public (‘an accessible book’). It highlights the small, important collection of amber in the Getty Villa. Her essay In Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Sustainable Values (2009) discusses museum internships and fellowships and their importance for the art museum and cultural diplomacy. Since her student days, Causey has been drawn to contemporary artists and architects whose work has ancient aspects---Jasper Johns, I.M. Pei, Wu Guanzhong, and Sigmar Polke, among them. Causey’s introduction to the catalogue for Polke, Bernstein, Amber draws links between nature-as-creator and Sigmar Polke and outlines the historical attraction of amber and its myths to artists, from Roman sculptors to Polke, and including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rubens. A scholarly book nearing completion: A Matter of Life and Death: Jewelry in the Ancient World continues her interest in archaeologically retrieved ancient jewelry from the graves of women and girls. An essay on I.M. Pei’s East Building of the National Gallery of Art as a modernist Chinese scholar’s garden will appear in 2011; another on the recently deceased Chinese painter, Wu Guanzhong in Postwar Paris, will appear in 2012. Her own artistic work extends from archaeological sketches to artist books/constructs.rnrnEducation: B.A. (Art History) University of California, Riverside. MA, PhD (Art History) University of California, Santa Barbara. Formerly faculty member: Art Center College of Design and California State University, Long Beach. Fellowships: Samuel H. Kress; Clark Art Institute; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. Member: International Museum Institute (University of Southern California); College Art Association; American Institute of Archaeology, and the American Association of Museums. rn