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Sheramy Bundrick

Sheramy Bundrick (Ph.D., Art History, Emory University, 1998) is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where she teaches art history survey, Classical Mythology, and upper-level courses in the art of the ancient Mediterranean (Greece, Rome, Egypt/Near East). She arrived at USFSP in fall 2001 after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In 2004, she received an award for Teaching Excellence from the USFSP College of Arts and Sciences for the 2003 calendar year. She has received grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the USF Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies.

Sheramy Bundrick

While Dr. Bundrick has a deep love for all forms of ancient art, her research specialty is ancient Greek art and iconography. Her book, Music and Image in Classical Athens, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005 and explores the representation of musicians in ancient Athenian art of the fifth century B.C., especially in vase painting. Her book is interdisciplinary, weaving together art, social history, musical theory and philosophy, and religion. She argues that an increased focus on music as a theme in fifth-century Athenian art results from significant sociopolitical changes in the city under the burgeoning democracy. Gods and mortals, men and women, amateurs and professionals appear in Athenian art playing musical instruments of various kinds, and Dr. Bundrick suggests that the scenes encode contemporary cultural and moral values. Through the art one can attain a broader understanding of the role of music in fifth-century Athens, at a period when textual sources are harder to come by.

Music and Image in Classical Athens

Dr. Bundrick's newest projects further reflect her interdisciplinary approach to ancient art. She is completing an article on the representation of textile production in fifth-century Athenian vase painting, a project which considers gender roles under the democracy. In March 2007, she will be presenting a paper at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens about a scene on a late fifth-century drinking pitcher showing a rowdy komast (an upper-class Athenian man in the street following a symposion, or drinking party), connecting the scene to contemporary attitudes toward aristocratic customs and lifestyles. Also in March 2007, she will be presenting a paper at the University of Kansas entitled "Hetaira or Housewife? Once More a Hydria by the Harrow Painter," where she will discuss an enigmatic scene on a vase in the Tampa Museum of Art. Finally, making a leap from ancient vases to modern film, she is completing an article entitled "Dionysian Themes and Imagery in Oliver Stone's Alexander," based on a paper she presented in Montréal in January 2006.

Students sometimes ask Dr. Bundrick how she became interested in ancient art and culture. The answer? A trio of things, really: 1) when she was nine years old, her mom gave her a copy of D'Aulaire's Illustrated Book of Greek Myths; 2) when she was ten, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" debuted at the movie theater; and 3) that same year, her dad took her to the Emory University museum to see the mummies. The rest, as they say, is history.

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