Staff bio: Deborah Spivak, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Ancient American Art

By | October 14, 2017

Deborah Spivak

Deborah Spivak joined the Saint Louis Art Museum in 2017 as the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Ancient American Art, a shared appointment with Washington University in St. Louis.

A specialist in ancient art of the Andes, Spivak’s doctoral dissertation examines Loro ceramics from the Peruvian south coast. During her fellowship, Spivak will conduct collections research and advance scholarship about the museum’s important Ancient American collections. She also will teach courses at the university’s Department of Art History and Archaeology.

Previously, Spivak served as visiting lecturer in art history at University of California Santa Barbara, where she earned her doctorate in art history and architecture; research assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara; and lab director of an archaeological field school in Nasca, Peru. Spivak received an undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Notable media appearances and mentions

Recent and upcoming SLAM exhibitions

  • “Balance and Opposition in Ancient Peruvian Textiles” (2018)