Nada Shabout, assistant professor of art history, earned a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach a course in contemporary Arab art history at the University of Jordan in Amman.
Shabout, one of the world's leading experts on contemporary Iraqi art, will begin teaching the class in Spring 2008.
"The field of contemporary Arab art has not been defined," Shabout says. "I am launching a campaign to define it, and I'm proposing seminars to confront the definition of Arab art."
In addition, Shabout has been researching artwork missing from the Iraqi Modern Museum of Art, which was damaged during bombings in March 2003. She has earned two $10,000 grants from The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq for that work.
A former Iraqi resident and a graduate of Baghdad High School, Shabout began her research of missing Iraqi art during a June 2003 trip to Baghdad. The artwork cannot be proven missing from the museum without proper documentation, she says. The longer the work is gone, the more likely it will disappear forever into private collections or suffer damage beyond repair, she says.
About 1,500 of the 8,000 originals missing from the modern art museum have been retrieved and are being stored, Shabout says.
Her book, Modern Arab Art: Formation of Arab Aesthetics, is expected to be published in October. The Fulbright fellowship will allow her to start research on a second book related to contemporary Arab art, she says.
The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals across the world each year to lecture, conduct research and participate in seminars, according to its web site.
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