Shirley M. Mueller is a collector and scholar of Chinese export porcelain as well as a physician board-certified in Neurology and Psychiatry. The latter expertise led her to explore her own intentions and emotions while collecting art, which, she discovered, have broader applications. This new understanding was the motivation for her recent book, Inside the Head of a Collector: Neuropsychological Forces at Play.
Mueller also lectures and publishes articles about the neuropsychology of collecting as well as her scholarship regarding Chinese export porcelain. She was guest curator for “Elegance from the East: new Insights into Old Porcelain” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfield’s) in 2017. In this unique exhibition, she combined objects with concepts from neuroscience to make historical pieces personally relevant to visitors.
Dr. Mueller is an adjunct associate professor in the department of Neurology at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. She additionally serves on multiple boards and committees including the American Ceramic Circle, The Asian Visiting Committee at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA, the board of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and the Indiana Medical History Museum.