As curator of ancient art, Gina Borromeo oversees the Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman collections at the RISD Museum. Her projects include collection rotations such as Rethinking the Romans and Made for Eternity, as well as the recent reinstallations of the Greek, Etruscan and Roman galleries (2010) and the Egyptian collection (2014). She has always been intrigued by objects and monuments made of marble and other stones. While her work has focused primarily on the ancient contexts of Greek and Roman sculpture, recently she has been studying the materials and techniques employed by artists in antiquity. She enjoys teaching from the museum’s collection of ancient art.
Borromeo was a Fulbright scholar in Rome (1990–91) and a Samuel H. Kress Dissertation Fellow (1991–92). She earned her MA and PhD degrees in history of art and architecture from Brown University. She has had significant archaeological experience, having excavated in various sites in Greece, Israel, Italy and Turkey. Before coming to RISD, she worked in the Ancient Art and Education departments at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently serving on the Museums and Exhibitions Committee of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Friends Board of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology as well as the Advisory Committee of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, both at Brown University.