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Ann Nicgorski

Professor of Art History and Archaeology; Co-Chair, Department of Art History; Faculty Curator, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Specialties: Greek and Roman Art History, Italian Renaissance Art History and Theory, Western Medieval Art History, Christian Iconography

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Salem Campus

Art Building 203
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


  • B.A., University of Notre Dame
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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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 that recently established the new Archaeology Program on campus. 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), and on Piranesi's Views of Rome (HFMA, 2008), and (together with Dr. Lisa Brody from the Yale Art Museum), on ancient oil lamps (HFMA, 2009).

Currently Co-Chair of the Department of Art History, Professor Nicgorski has also served a three-year term as Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (2003-2006).

Selected Awards

  • 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.

Selected Publications

  • “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, distributed by the David Brown Book Co.), 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 Chalimouri. 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 Artisana' Quarter and the Farmhouse at Chalimouri. 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.
  • Human Skeletal Remains (with J.S. Soles, C. Walker, T.M. Brogan, D.S. Reese, and R.A.K. Smith), in Mochlos IA: Period III. Neopalatial Settlement on the Coast: The Artisans' Quarter and the Farmhouse at Chalimouri. The Sites (Prehistory Monographs 7), ed. by J.S. Soles, series eds. J.S. Soles and C. Davaras. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press, 2003, 135-147.
  • 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.
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