Heather F.

Heather F. Sharpe

CHAIR, Professor of Art History

Heather F. Sharpe received her Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington. She specializes in ancient Greek art and has conducted extensive research on small bronze sculpture from Roman Greece. Most summers, Prof. Sharpe can be found working as a Senior Associate at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece and conducting museum lectures on Greek and Roman bronze sculpture to students participating in the ASCSA Summer Sessions and Seminars. She has published extensively on small Greek bronzes, including an extensive study on the bronze statuettes from the Athenian Agora published in the journal Hesperia. She is currently working on a project focusing on the ancient Greek game of kottabos and depictions of the game on Greek painted vases. Prof. Sharpe has been the recipient of numerous awards, including an Anna C. and Oliver C. Colburn Fellowship, a Eugene Vanderpool Fellowship, National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute awards, and a Society of Classical Studies Pedagogy Award. She recently was appointed as lecturer for the 2018/2019 National Lecture Program of the Archaeological Institute of America.


  • Dissertation: From Hieron and Oikos: A Study of Bronze Statuettes from Hellenistic and Imperial Greece.
  • Ph.D. (History of Art), Indiana University, Bloomington, 2006
  • M.A. (History of Art), Indiana University, Bloomington, 1993
  • B.A. (Department of Art), California State University, Long Beach, 1989


  • “The Paramythia Bronzes: Expressions of Cultural Identity in Roman Epirus,” in Artistry in Bronze: The Greeks and Their Legacy. XIXth International Congress on Ancient Bronzes, Los Angeles, Jens M. Daehner, Kenneth Lapatin, and Ambra Spinelli eds. Los Angeles 2017, pp. 134-143.
  • “Observations on the Casting, Mounting and Display of Archaic Greek Bronze Statuettes” in Proceedings of the XVIIth International Congress on Ancient Bronzes, Izmir (Editions Mergoil), A. Giumlia-Mair and C. C. Mattusch eds., Autun 2016, pp. 143-150.
  • “Lar Statuettes from Roman Greece,” in New Research on Ancient Bronzes; Acta of the 18th International Bronze Congress, Zurich, Switzerland (Zurich Studies in Archaeology 10), E. Deschler-Erb and P. Della Casa eds., Zurich 2015, pp.157-160.
  • “The Religious and Decorative Uses of Terracottas in Houses at Olynthus,” in Figurines de terre cuite en Méditerranee orientale grecque et romaine. Production et Diffusion, Iconographie et Fonction. Colloque international, 2-6 juin 2007 / Izmir, Turquie, A. Muller and E. Lafli, eds., Villeneuve d’Ascq 2015, pp. 221-236. 
  • “Bronze Statuettes from the Athenian Agora: Evidence for Domestic Cults in Roman Greece,” Hesperia 83 (2014), pp. 143-187.
  • Catalog entries in A Peaceable Kingdom: Animals in Ancient Art from the Leo Mildenberg Collection, Zurich, 2004.
  • “A Bronze Statuette from the Athenian Agora: A Technical and Iconographical Examination,” in I Bronzi Antichi: Produzione e Technologia.  Atti del XV Congresso Internazionale sui Bronzi Antichi, organizzato dall'Università di Udine, sede di Gorizia Grado-Aquileia, 22-26 maggio 2001 (Monograph Instrumentum 21), A. Giumlia-Mair, ed. Montagnac, 2002, pp. 167-173.
  • “A Rare Hellenistic Bronze in the Indiana University Art Museum,” in From Parts to the Whole, vol. 1, Acta of the 13th International Bronze Congress, Held at Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 28 – June 1, 1996 (Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 39), C.C. Mattusch, A. Brauer, and S.E. Knudsen, eds., Portsmouth, RI, 2000, pp. 250-253.
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