Julie Van Voorhis

Julie Van Voorhis

Associate Professor, Art History

Adjunct Associate Professor, Classical Studies

Affiliate, Virtual World Heritage Lab


  • Ph.D., New York University, 1999

Research interests

Ancient Greek and Roman marble sculpture with an emphasis on the Hellenistic period, Roman Republic and Roman Empire (including the Late Empire).

The history of collecting antiquities from the Roman Republican period to the present day.

Current projects include a co-authored publication with Mark Abbe of the imperial portrait busts of Septimius Severus and Julia Domna in the Eskenazi Museum of Art.

Selected publications

Professor Van Voorhis co-authored a website to accompany the Indiana Art Museum exhibition, “Colors of Classical Art,” which she co-curated. The exhibition was held from October 4- December 21, 2014.

Aphrodisias II: Roman Portrait Sculpture from Aphrodisias, written in collaboration with S. Dillon and C. H. Hallett, and J. Lenaghan, and R. R. R. Smith (Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern, 2006).

Aphrodisias IV: The Sculptor’s Workshop at Aphrodisias (Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern, 2018.

“The Working and Re-working of Marble Sculpture at the Sculptor’s Workshop at Aphrodisias” in Ateliers and Artisans in Roman Art and Archaeology (Journal of Roman Archaeology supplemental series, volume 92), Birte Poulsen and Troels Myrup Kristensen, eds. Portsmourth, RI, 2012, 38-54.

“Local Sculptors, Local Markets: The Economy of Marble Sculpture at Aphrodisias in Caria,” Proceedings of the Conference on the Economics of Roman Art, Oxford Studies on the Roman Economy (forthcoming).

“Two Portrait Statues of Boxers and the Culture of Athletics at Aphrodisias in the Third Century C.E.” in Aphrodisias Papers 4, edited by R. R. R. Smith and Christopher Ratté (Portsmouth, RI: Journal of Roman Archaeology, 2008).

“Apprentices’ Pieces and the Training of Sculptors at Aphrodisias,” Journal of Roman Archaeology 11 (1998) 175-192.

Awards & Honors

  • Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Fellowship form the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to support the "Colors of Classical Art" exhibition (2014).
  • The Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship to bring Dr. Mark Abbe to Indiana University to conduct a pigment analysis of the busts of Septiumius Severus and Julia Domna in the Eskenazi Museum of Art.
  • Instructional Development Summer Fellowship, Indiana University (for Summer 2006).
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Edward A Schrader Summer Grant for archaeological research, Indiana University.

Courses taught

  • A101 Ancient to Medieval Art (Survey)
  • S103 The Art of Roman Spectacle (Freshman Seminar)
  • A206 Classical Art and Archaeology (cross-listed with Classical Studies)
  • A216 Art and Life in Ancient Rome
  • A310 Topics in Ancient Art: The Classical Body (from 600 B.C. – A.D. 400)
  • A310 Topics in Ancient Art: Greek Vases in the Indiana University Art Museum
  • A312 Art of the Roman Empire from Augustus to Constantine
  • A314 Greek Sculpture
  • A316 Ancient Art from Alexander the Great to Augustus
  • A410 Topics in Ancient Art: Representing History in Roman Art
  • A417 Roman Sculpture
  • A418 Roman Architecture
  • A616 Graduate Seminar