Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Nov 1st 2007 to Nov 30th 2007
  • PRACTICE : Art Historian
  • FROM : USA

Nada Shabout is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Texas teaching Arab visual culture and Islamic art. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington (1999), a MA in the Humanities, a BA in Architecture, and a BFA. Known as one of the world's leading authorities on contemporary Iraqi art, she has dedicated herself to documenting artwork missing and stolen from the Iraqi Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad, damaged by fire and looting after bombings in 2003. Her book, Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics was just released by the University of Florida Press, 2007. In addition to curating the traveling exhibition, Dafatir: Contemporary Iraqi Book Art, Shabout has published numerous articles on modern and contemporary Iraqi art with a focus on the relationship between visual production and the politics of identity. Her current project is Recovering Iraq’s Modern Heritage: Constructing and Digitally Documenting the Collection of the former Saddam Center for the Arts. She has received two TAARII fellowships in support of her work on Iraqi art, and a Fulbright to Jordan to conduct research for her book on contemporary art in the Arab World. She is also the founding president of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA).