Amid a series of three senior staffing appointments, on February 19, 2019 Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Max Hollein, announced Sean Hemingway as John A. and Carole O. Moran Curator in Charge, Greek and Roman Art.

While pursuing his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from Bryn Mawr, Hemingway spent time at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in various capacities. In the summers of 1989 and 1990, Hemingway excavated in the Athenian Agora as a student volunteer. He also held the Doreen Canaday Spitzer Fellowship for Classical Archaeology and studied at the American School as a Fulbright Fellow.

Hemingway published his dissertation on the National Archaeological Museum in Athens bronze jockey and horse sculpture titled, “The Horse and Jockey from Artemision: A Bronze Equestrian Monument of the Hellenistic Period,” with Berkeley: University of California Press in 2004.

Sean Hemingway with guests at last year’s American School gala.


Hemingway has served at The Met for over twenty years, joining as an Assistant Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art in 1998. He was appointed Associate Curator in 2002; Curator in 2010; and then in 2017 was asked to serve as the acting head of the department.

“In leading the department, Dr. Hemingway has been overseeing its collection, staff, exhibitions, and many other activities with grace and expertise,” said Hollein in The Met’s press release. “He has contributed greatly to the study of Greek and Roman art, through archaeological fieldwork, publications (including the forthcoming symposium proceedings Art of the Hellenistic Kingdoms: From Pergamon to Rome), exhibitions, and more.”