Emily Dellheim

Faculty, Rome Center

Since 2013, Emily has worked with American study abroad students at NYU Florence and as a guest lecturer for various American study abroad programs. She joined the Arcadia University faculty in 2018.

Emily holds Master's degrees in Art History and Archaeology (Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, 2014) and Museum Education (Università degli studi Roma Tre, 2017). She has worked in various museum curatorial departments including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design and the Contemporary Austin. She also spent many years working in costume design for film and television. Prior to relocating to Rome, she was the Deputy Director of the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York City. 


Emily has researched and written for various arts organizations. The curators of the 2015 Uffizi Museum exhibition on Ardengo Soffici cited her thesis research on Cézanne, Ardengo Soffici and Italian Futurism. Together with Simona Bodo, she translated the book Intercultural Rehearsals (eds. Milano, Falchetti and Guida, 2019). Her article “Passport to Museums: a Study in Multiculturalism and Intercultural Dialogue between Museums, Schools and Families” will appear in the forthcoming volume Studi Empirici di Educazione Museale (ed. A. Poce).


Emily’s current research focuses on artists engaging with social, participatory art practices, museums as spaces of intercultural dialogue and how to utilize cultural heritage as an incubator for community engagement, literacy and foreign language acquisition. Inspired by her own experience as an expat in Rome, she works with museums to implement multicultural and intercultural museum projects focused on minority communities.