Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun is co-curated by Dr. David Silverman, the Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr., Professor and Curator of Egyptology; Dr. Jennifer Wegner, Research Specialist, Egyptian section; and Dr. Josef Wegner, Associate Curator and Associate Professor in the Museum’s Egyptian section.


Dr. David P. Silverman
Exhibition Co-curator

Dr. David P. Silverman is Curator of Penn Museum's Egyptian Section and Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Silverman is the national curator, advisor, and academic content creator for the blockbuster exhibition "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," which opens at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in February 2007. He was also responsible for the curatorial content in the original 1977 "Treasures of Tutankhamun" exhibit and served as Curator in Chicago at the Field Museum. His extensive publications include books, articles, studies, and reports on Egyptian language, art, and religion, and he has directed several field expeditions at sites throughout Egypt. Among the exhibits he has curated and co-curated are "Ramesses the Great," "Searching for Ancient Egypt," "Women in Ancient Egypt," "Archaeological Treasures of Ancient Egypt," "The Magic of Egyptian Art," and Penn Museum's popular exhibition "The Egyptian Mummy: Secrets and Science." He has received many awards and honors, including grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Penn Research Foundation, and The Michela Schiff-Giorgini Foundation. The Athenaeum Society of Philadelphia presented him with a Literary Award for his books Searching for Ancient Egypt and Ancient Egypt. Dr. Silverman has been a visiting professor at both L'École Pratique at the Sorbonne in Paris and Harvard University. He received his B.A. with honors in Art History from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Josef Wegner
Exhibition Co-curator

Dr. Josef William Wegner is Associate Curator of Penn Museum's Egyptian Section and Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wegner contributed to Penn Museum exhibition planning for "Searching for Ancient Egypt," curated by Dr. David Silverman, and "Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa," curated by Dr. David O'Connor. His archaeological fieldwork, which has taken him to Abydos and Saqqara in Egypt and Maroni in Cyprus, includes serving as Director of the Senwosret III Project, with excavations ongoing at South Abydos, Egypt, since 1994. He received his B.A. with a dual concentration in Egyptology and Anthropology as well as a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Jennifer Wegner
Exhibition Co-curator

Dr. Jennifer R. Houser Wegner is a Research Scientist in Penn Museum's Egyptian Section and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Keeper of the Museum's Egyptian Section from 1996 to 2000. Dr. Wegner has contributed to numerous publications and presented at several annual meetings of the American Research Center in Egypt and at the International Congress of Egyptologists in Cambridge, UK. She has also served as Epigrapher/Artist on expeditions to Bersheh, Saqqara, and Abydos in Egypt. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate from Yale University.


Exhibit Design and Management

Charlie and Nancy McMillan
McMillan Group, Inc.

Charlie and Nancy McMillan are founders and partners of the design company, McMillan Group, in Westport, Connecticut. Since 1984, McMillan Group has specialized in architectural communication design and project management for museums, corporate customer centers, entertainment venues, and corporate exhibitions. Most notable is the recent design for the Los Angeles installation of the 4-year touring exhibition of the blockbuster, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs." The McMillan Group has won numerous awards from Industrial Designers Society of America, Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, American Graphic Design Awards and Exhibitor Publications -including Designer of the Year, shared by both partners. Other significant projects include: "Oceans of Promise," a traveling museum exhibit on the exploration of energy resources in the ocean; "The Photograph Doesn’t Lie," an exhibit at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University; "Technolab," an interactive science-based exhibition on future technology sponsored by GE at Epcot Center in Walt Disney World; and the "Future of Health," an interactive exhibit at Disneyland sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. Currently, they are designing the architectural and graphic brand standards for GE exhibitions worldwide. Corporate clients include: 3M, IBM, Time Warner, Disney, GE, NASA, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco Systems, General Motors, Mattel, NBC, ABC, Pepsi, and Philips.

John T. Murray
Penn Museum's Staff Exhibition Designer

John T. Murray has designed and produced all permanent gallery installations, traveling exhibits, and most special exhibits at Penn Museum since 1975. For Amarna, Mr. Murray has worked closely with the curatorial team as well as the outside exhibition design and fabrication firms. He often serves as a consultant for exhibition designers at other venues and lectures on exhibition design at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts.

Dr. Klare Scarborough
Exhibition Project Manager

Dr. Scarborough oversees preparations for the upcoming Amarna exhibition along with other special projects at Penn Museum.  For Amarna, she coordinates activities with curators, exhibits and conservation staff, as well as with the outside exhibition design and fabrication firms.  She manages a comprehensive budget for the exhibition and related programs, and she also assists with fundraising efforts for the project.  In 2005, she completed her Ph.D. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, specializing in contemporary performance and ritual studies.

Lynch Exhibits - Museums & Environments

Lynch Exhibits - Museums & Environments specializes in the design, development, fabrication, marketing, and management of interactive learning experiences for museums, visitor centers, and others applications. For Amarna, Lynch Exhibits handled the fabrication and installation of all casework and graphic components of the exhibition, under the direction of Lynch VP Frank Nave and Project Manager Mark Marasco. Past projects include the 11 galleries of casework for the traveling exhibition Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, the highly-interactive exhibits in the new Giant Heart Gallery at The Franklin Institute, and the award-winning Honeywell Technology Experience in Washington DC, featuring the multimedia “Lynch I-Wall.” 



Virginia Greene
Chief Conservator, Penn Museum

Virginia Greene has headed the Museum’s Conservation Laboratory since 1971. She has taught at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Conservation Training Program, and lectures to academic, professional, and community groups. She has had extensive experience with the conservation of a wide range of organic and inorganic materials, field experience as both archaeologist and conservator, and has headed many large conservation projects, including numerous exhibition installations. Ms. Greene supervised all conservation work for Amarna. Ms. Greene holds degrees in Anthropology from Barnard College and Penn, and a Diploma in Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London.

Thomas Fuller
Conservator, Northwest Objects Conservation, Inc.

Thomas Fuller treated many of the stone pieces for Amarna. Mr. Fuller has extensive experience with excavated objects, including field experience in Italy, Libya, Iraq, and Turkey. He has worked for Penn Museum on a number of conservation projects, including treatment of the large-scale stone sculptures from the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan galleries, as well as a silver lyre and the world-renowned “Ram-in-the-Thicket” statue, both from the Royal Cemetery at Ur, part of the Near East collection. Mr. Fuller has a B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and a Diploma in Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London.