Faya Causey is an educator, lecturer and scholar whose interests range from the Paleolithic to the present. She has just retired as the head of academic programs in the Education Division at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where she has worked since 1994. Next fall, she will be a Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.
At the Gallery, she oversaw and developed the museum’s internship and fellowship programs and its public programs—including lectures, symposia, conferences and study days presented by guest artists, conservators, collectors, art historians and curators. While her field of specialization is ancient art, with a special interest in pre-Roman Italian art and archaeology (with publications on Greek, Etruscan, Italian, and Roman art, and on amber generally), Causey has also authored works on Paul Cézanne, Jasper Johns, Sigmar Polke, Wu Guangzhong and I.M. Pei. Best known works are her Amber and the Ancient World and the online Catalogue of the Ancient Carved Amber in the J. Paul Getty Museum.
After earning her B.A. at the University of California, Riverside and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Causey was an instructor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and associate professor at California State University, Long Beach. Teaching and learning from artists has always been critical. She has held research fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Clark Art Institute, and the American Academy in Rome. She is a member of the College Art Association, American Association of Museums, Renaissance Society of America and the American Institute of Archaeology. She is also a board member of the Washington D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Archaeology.