Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles


Faya Causey

is a scholar, lecturer and educator 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. During her tenure at the Gallery, she served for two years as Associate Dean at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery Next fall, she will be a 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 focus on Italian art and archaeology (with publications on Greek, Etruscan, Italian, and Roman art, and on amber generally), Causey has also lectured on and published on museums, on Michelangelo, Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and on modernists Jasper Johns, Sigmar Polke, Wu Guangzhong and I.M. Pei. Her best-known publications are the book, Amber and the Ancient World and the online scholarly catalogue, 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 of record at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and then associate professor at California State University, Long Beach. Museum work, teaching and learning from artists have always been critical to her scholarship. Causey 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. She served as one of four National Chairs for the 2016 International Committee on the History of Art in Beijing.