- B.A., University of Notre Dame
- M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Research, Teaching, and Service
Professor Nicgorski is an expert in Greek and Roman Art History and one of three Classical Studies faculty with extensive experience as a field archaeologist. From 1995-2001, she was the Assistant Director for Base Operations at Mochlos (Crete), the site of a Minoan settlement and a Mycenaean cemetery. She also participated in excavations at Corinth and Halasmenos (Crete).
In 1995, Professor Nicgorski co-founded the Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. One of the high points of her five-year tenure as the Salem AIA's president (2003-2008) was the international conference, "Cultural Heritage Issues: The Legacy of Conquest, Colonization, and Commerce" (Salem, OR, Oct. 12-14, 2006), which she co-organized with Professor James A.R. Nafziger from Willamette's College of Law.
Professor Nicgorski also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Faculty Curator at Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art. She has curated exhibitions on a Panathenaic prize amphora from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (HFMA, 2002), on the Orthodox icons of St. Nicholas (HFMA, 2004), on the tradition of orthodox icons (at the Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA, 2006), on Piranesi's Views of Rome (HFMA, 2008), on ancient lamps (HFMA, 2009), on Ethiopian Christian art (HFMA, 2011) on George Rouault's Miserere et Guerre (HFMA, 2011), and on Michael C. Spafford's mythological prints (HFMA, 2013).
Professor Nicgorski has served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (2003-2006), as Director of Willamette's Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (2009-2010), as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History (2006-2009), as Chair of the Department of Art History (2010-2017), and as Chair of the Archaeology Program (2009-2010; 2012-2014).
- Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008.
- Willamette University Faculty Achievement Award (for teaching, scholarship, and service), 1998-1999; 1999-2000; 2003-2004; 2009-2010, 2016-2017.
- "The Fate of Serapis: A Paradigm for Transformations in the Culture and Art of Late Roman Egypt," in Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire, eds. L. Brody and G. Hoffman (Chestnut Hill, MA: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2014), pp. 153-166.
- "Apollo akersekomas and the Magic Knot of Herakles," in Regionalism and Globalism in Antiquity: Exploring Their Limits, Colloquia Antiqua, 7 (monograph supplement of the journal Ancient West and East), ed. F. De Angelis (Leuven, Belgium: Peeters Publishers, 2013), 177-200.
- “Burial Containers: Sarcophagi, Pithoi and Jars” (with J.S. Soles and G. Rethemiotakis) and “Jewelry and Other Small Finds” (with J.S. Soles, K. Kopaka, M.E. Soles, T. Carter, and D.S. Reese), in Mochlos IIC: Period IV. The Mycenaean Settlement and Cemetery. The Human Remains and Other Finds (Prehistory Monographs 32), series eds. J.S. Soles and C. Davaras (Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2011), pp. 21-66.
- “Late Minoan II-III Pottery” (with R.A. Smith, E. Banou, T.M. Brogan, D. Faulmann, and J. Soles) and “Appendix B. Earlier Minoan and Later Orientalizing Pottery from Late Minoan III Contexts” (with J.M. Soles), in Mochlos IIB: Period IV. The Mycenaean Settlement and Cemetery. The Pottery (Prehistory Monographs 27), series eds. J.S. Soles and C. Davaras (Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2010), pp. 15-123; 155-163.
- Cultural Heritage Issues: The Legacy of Conquest, Colonization and Commerce, eds. J.A.R. Nafziger and A.M. Nicgorski (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers/Brill Academic, 2009), i-xxii, 466 pages.
- "The Magic Knot of Herakles and the Propaganda of Alexander the Great," in Herakles and Hercules: Exploring a Graeco-Roman Divinity, eds. Louis Rawlings and Hugh Bowden. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales, 2005, 97-128.
- "Interlaced Fingers and Knotted Limbs: The Hostile Posture of Quarrelsome Ares on the Parthenon Frieze," in Charis: Essays in Honor of Sara A. Immerwahr, Hesperia Supplement 33, ed. Anne P. Chapin. Princeton, N.J.: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2004, 291-303.
- "Ceramic, Bone, Stone, and Shell Objects," (with J.S. Soles, M.E. Soles, T. Carter, and D.S. Reese), in Mochlos IC: Period III. Neopalatial Settlement on the Coast: The Artisans' Quarter and the Farmhouse at Chalinomouri. The Small Finds (Prehistory Monographs 9), series eds. J.S. Soles and C. Davaras. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2004, 17-44.
- "The Neopalatial Pottery: A Catalog," (with K.A. Barnard, T.M. Brogan, M.E. Soles, and J.S. Soles), in Mochlos IB: Period III. Neopalatial Settlement on the Coast: The Artisans' Quarter and the Farmhouse at Chalinomouri: The Neopalatial Pottery (Prehistory Monographs 8), ed. by K.A. Barnard and T.M. Brogan, series eds. J.S. Soles and C. Davaras. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2003, 33-98.
- "Polypus and the Poppy: Two Unusual Rhyta from the Mycenaean Cemetery at Mochlos," in Meletemata: Studies in Aegean Archaeology Presented to Malcolm H. Wiener as he Enters his 65th Year, Aegaeum 20, eds. Philip Betancourt, Vassos Karageorghis, Robert Laffineur, and Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier. Liège: Université de Liège, 1999, 537-541.