Elizabeth S. Bolman
Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 1997
M.A., Bryn Mawr College, 1992
B.A., Smith College, 1983
Elizabeth Bolman specializes in Christian art of the eastern Mediterranean from Late Antiquity through the Byzantine period, with a particular focus on Egyptian Christian (Coptic) wall paintings. She is currently working at two monastic sites near Sohag in Upper Egypt. At the Red Monastery, she is directing the conservation of wall paintings dating to circa the seventh century. She is currently developing a book on the paintings and their larger monastic setting. Bolman also founded the White Monastery Project, for which she is now the Associate Director. It is a multi-disciplinary endeavor involving archaeological work, wall painting conservation, and scholarly analysis at one of the largest and most famous Late Antique monasteries in Egypt.
Bolman has published numerous scholarly articles, and is the editor of and chief contributor to Monastic Visions: Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea, published by Yale University Press and the American Research Center in Egypt. She is the recipient of many fellowships from institutions including the J. William Fulbright Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Research Center in Egypt. In 2008, Bolman received the College Art Association Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Preservation.