Alice M. Phillips, Ph.D.

Curator, Office of Visual Materials

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

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Welcome to my site and thank you for visiting. I am an art historian with a passion for curating museum exhibitions. My research focuses on nineteenth-century French Symbolist art, particularly Gustave Moreau, and the history of supernatural beliefs, spiritualist séances, and psychology. I am also interested in Irish art and culture, Surrealism, gothic architecture, ancient Greco-Roman and Near Eastern art, and the Pre-Raphaelites, I have worked at art museums in the United States and in Paris and presented a paper at a conference of esoteric scholars at Cambridge University. I am also a visual artist, historical fiction writer, Celtic fiddle musician and step-dancer, roller derby official, member of a Renaissance faire stage combat troupe, and facsimile artist of a rare historical medical book for the University of Iowa Libraries.

Painting and Collage

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The Remmelin Project
The Remmelin Project


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Banner image:  Music by Gustav Klimt, 1895.  

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