The BFA + MFA 2023
From May 7 to May 20, 2023
May 7, 2022 / 4:30–6:30pm
Artist(s) and Designer(s)
VCUarts Qatar Undergraduates and Graduates 2023
The show is a collective presentation of the unique and often convention-breaking work of VCUarts Qatar’s senior students from the undergraduate programs of graphic design, interior design, fashion design and painting and printmaking programs, as well as the University’s postgraduate program in design.
This year, several students focused on the tangible, from the touchpoint of clay cookware as a way for families to come together and share memories and traditions, to the recreation of the traditional Mesbah prayer counting beads in Islamic culture, while others explored themes of emptiness and time.
By Amir Berbić
I invite you to experience the BFA+MFA Exhibition 2023.
This collection of works by the graduating class of our BFA and MFA programs is a moving and profound study of humanity, tradition, the ethereal and the ambiguous.
Our seniors have explored their cultures and their environments to bring these complex and creative works together for this eclectic, original and fascinating exhibition.
Several works focus on the tangible, from the touchpoint of clay cookware as a way for families to come together, reliving memories and traditions, to the recreation of the traditional Mesbah prayer counting beads in Islamic culture into a modern incarnation.
Themes of emptiness and time are explored by several students, focusing on a poetic approach of visualizing time, and exploring the mysteries of existence. While another student chose to explore dreams and the collective unconscious, asking what do dreams mean to us in real life.
Looking starward, the connection of people to the heavens is the subject of a work, while we see life through the remaining senses of the blind in another creation.
These are just a few examples of the stirring creative work that our emerging artists and designers have produced. We welcome you to experience it for yourself. Enjoy!
VCUarts Qatar at a glance
Dr. Cherif Amor in conversation with Mohammad Nabil Suleiman, Associate Professor at the interior design department at VCUarts Qatar
Dr. Cherif Amor in conversation with Chris Fink, Chair of the fashion design department at VCUarts Qatar
Dr. Cherif Amor in conversation with Dr. Aissa Deebi, Director of the painting and printmaking department at VCUarts Qatar
Dr. Cherif Amor in conversation with Basma Hamdy, Associate Professor at the graphic design department at VCUarts Qatar
Dr. Cherif Amor in conversation with Marco Bruno, Associate Professor at the MFA in Design department at VCUarts Qatar
Faculty: Astrid Kensinger, Chair
Maryam Al-Homaid, Law Alsobrook, Denielle Emans, Basma Hamdy, Levi Hammett, Michael Hersrud, Leland Hill and Peter Martin Adjunct Faculty: Pornprapha Phantanteacha, Mariam Rafehi and Bahia Shehab
Maryan Abdisamad Mohammoud
Faculty: Mohammad Nabil Suleiman, Chair
Liam Colquhoun, Matthew P Holmes Dallimore, Erik J. Granberg, Haitham El-Hammali, Li Han, Simone Carena, Sherin Karawia, Marwa Abdelmonem
Faculty: Dr. Aissa Deebi, Director
Dr. Bahaa Abudaya, Khalifa Al Obaidly, Habeeb Abu Futtaim, Charlene Kasdorf, Rola Khayyat, Dr. Issam Nassar, Michael Perrone, Charlotte Rodenberg, Walid Taher and Peter Welz
Assistant of Exhibitions and Lectures: Meera Badran
Exhibitions Assistant: Jumanah Abbas
Production Assistant: Joshua Bell
Art handlers: Gulf Warehouse Company – Fine Arts
Lighting set up: Ranjit Karunakaran
AV and IT assistance: Marlon Villones
Branding: Moza Al-Suwaidi
Photographer: Raviv Cohen, Nic van der Bijl
The faculty representatives for the BFA + MFA exhibition are:
Fashion Design: Chris Fink and Federica Visani
Graphic Design: Astrid Kensinger, Law Alsobrook and Leland Hill
Interior Design: Mohammad Nabil Suleiman, Matthew Holmes-Dallimore and Sherin Karawia
Painting + Printmaking: Dr. Aissa Deebi, Peter Welz and Rola Khayyat
MFA in Design: Marco Bruno and Rab McClure
Thanks to VCUarts Qatar staff for all the help and support we have received.
VCUarts Qatar at a glance
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