Ava Forte Vitali

archaeologist, egyptologist, and Project Manager in New York

Ava Forte Vitali

archaeologist, egyptologist, and Project Manager in New York

Trained archaeologist and art historian Ava Forte Vitali aims to bridge the gap between the educated, academic community and the eager, interested public. She was the Egyptologist in residence at the Morbid Anatomy Library and Museum in Brooklyn, New York, from 2014-2016, where her series "Death and the Occult in the Ancient World," was a Time Out NY's 'Critics Pick." Ava has excavated in both Egypt and Turkey, and completed her Master's Degree at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, where she focused on domestic cult and magic in Ancient Egypt. She is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University, where she teaches Intro to Egyptian Art and Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Traditions.

Ava has previous experience working in multiple archives, as a hands on arts instructor, and has curated quite the jewelry collection from her time in the fashion industry as a high volume Accessories Manager. Her previous work includes collection management for Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as Lead Project Manager for Picturae, overseeing cultural heritage digitization projects throughout Libraries, Archives and Museums in North America.

Currently, Ava manages Creative Corporate Projects for the children's book publisher Scholastic, where she is coordinator of The Possible Fund, their corporate giving initiative. Ava also has a side project where she designs, procures, and consults on vintage or creative costuming for local theater and movie productions. She recently was awarded Best Costumes and Best Production Design for her Film Short, "The Professor's Lesson," screened at the Museum of the Moving Image in the fall of 2017 as part of the Sparrow Film Project.

A Boston native, Ava has lived in New York City for almost 15 years, where she spends her time enjoying her local neighborhood of Astoria, quirky and offbeat museum culture, a variety of flea and antique markets, a fair number of heavy metal shows and probably too much Sci-Fi television.

  • Work
    • Morbid Anatomy Library and Museum
  • Education
    • Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
    • New York University