Curator of Ancient Art, RISD Museum
As Curator of Ancient Art, Gina Borromeo oversees the Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman collections at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Her projects include collection rotations such as Rethinking the Romans and Made for Eternity as well as the recent reinstallation of the Greek, Etruscan and Roman galleries (2010) and the Egyptian collection (2014). She has always been intrigued by objects and monuments made of marble and other stones. While her work has focused primarily on the ancient contexts of Greek and Roman sculpture, recently she has been studying the materials and techniques employed by artists in antiquity. She especially enjoys teaching from the RISD Museum's collection of ancient art. She is interested in museology, and particularly in how art and university museums display and interpret archaeological objects and present cultural property issues.
Borromeo was a Fulbright Scholar in Rome (1990–1991) and a Kress Dissertation Fellow (1991–1992). She earned her M.A and Ph.D. degrees in history of art and architecture from Brown University. She has had significant archaeological experience, having excavated in various sites in Greece, Israel, Italy, and Turkey. Before coming to RISD, she worked in the Ancient Art and Education Departments at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently serving her second term on the Museums and Exhibitions Committee of the AIA.