About the Designer
Sarah F. Evans is a graduate student in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland College Park, where she focuses on Classical Art and Archaeology. Her research interests include multi-disciplinary approaches to studying cross-cultural religion as well as mortuary practices in the Ancient Mediterranean. She is specifically interested in how these intersections and exchanges are viewed through material culture, art, and architecture in the archaeological record, further cross-examining them with iconographic evidence. Additional interests include museum and curatorial studies. Sarah received her Bachelor's degree in Archaeology (Social Complexity), Classical Civilizations, and Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 2016. She has additionally had a wide-ranging career at the Cincinnati Museum Center (2007-2016), beginning first as a youth programs interpreter in the Cincinnati History Museum (2007-2012) and next training youth volunteers in museum work as a mentor from 2013-2014. Sarah expanded her horizons by returning to the Cincinnati History Museum as an exhibits interpreter (2014), an archaeology intern under the Curator of Archaeology (2015), an interpreter in the Special Exhibitions Department (Art of the Brick, 2015-2016), and finally as a field hand at CMC's local archaeological excavations in 2016. Click here for her UMD bio.
The work that inspired this project was Sarah's undergraduate senior thesis titled "A Matter of Life and Death: Women, White Ground Lekythoi, and Athenian Society," written in 2016 at the University of Cincinnati in the Department of Classics. The essay examines the relationship between both the physical vessel and images depicted on Attic polychrome white ground lekythoi and women's roles within Greek mortuary practices. She suggests that, contrary to previous viewpoints put forth by scholars, women were vastly crucial to the functioning of Greek life despite their lives spent mostly inside the home.
Sarah curated and designed this collection in conjunction with the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture at the University of Maryland College Park. She would like to give special thanks to Dr. Kathleen Lynch at the University of Cincinnati for advising her senior thesis, Dr. Quint Gregory, Director of the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture at the University of Maryland for his enthusiasm and assistance for this project, Edel Spencer for her radiant positivity, and last, but most certainly not least, Hannah Schockmel for providing constant guidance and assistance with the Omeka and Neatline platforms-- Life, Death, and Lekythoi would not have been possible without her.