Qatar Week 2023

October 9–11, 2023

Each year, VCU welcomes VCUarts Qatar to the Monroe Park campus in Richmond for Qatar Week, an exchange between the VCUarts Richmond and VCUarts Qatar campuses that showcases the success of the overseas branch and its researchers, alumni, students and faculty, and promotes new areas of collaboration between the two campuses. VCUarts Qatar held its first Qatar Day event in Richmond in 2002, which evolved into a week-long program. 

Qatar Week 2023 is hosted by VCUarts Dean Carmenita Higginbotham and VCUarts Qatar Dean Amir Berbić and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the overseas branch campus of VCUarts with a series of events and opportunities to network and interact.

Header image credit: Gabrielle Davenport
A scene from last year’s Qatar Week exhibition, Research Labs, at the Anderson.

Legacy & Horizon
Featuring VCUarts Qatar’s Alumni and Art Foundation Students
Exhibition Opening
The Anderson
October 9, 2023, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (EDT)
The exhibition is shown until November 1, 2023.

Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of VCUarts’ branch campus in Qatar, the two exhibitions serve as inspiring snapshots of the creative journeys that students make at VCUarts Qatar – from their introductory Art Foundation year to their evolution into career-ready Alumni.

Teaching in a Global Context: Collaborations in Art History
A seminar discussion held in association with the upcoming Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, at VCUarts Qatar
Virtual seminar registration opens September 1
October 10, 2023, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (EDT)

This student and faculty-led discussion will be moderated by Hala Auji, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Art History, VCUarts, and the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair for Islamic Art, and Radha Dalal, Ph.D., Director, Art History, VCUarts Qatar. It will highlight collaborations and shared missions, teachings and research across the Art History departments on the two campuses and their global impact.

Semester Exchange Dialogue
A panel discussion about the exciting Semester Exchange Program offered by VCUarts and VCUarts Qatar
Pollak Building, Room 520
October 10, 2023, 12 p.m. (EDT)

Do you often wonder what it’s like for VCUarts students to study and live in Qatar?
And what do students from the Qatar campus feel about learning and living in Richmond?
Then you don’t want to miss this! This is an excellent opportunity to hear the first-hand accounts of our students from both campuses who made the most of our Semester Exchange Program.

The 2023 Creative Research Pecha Kucha Series
Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU
October 11, 2023, 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Faculty based on VCUarts and the VCUarts Qatar campuses will present their research, following the traditional ‘Pecha Kucha’ (20×20) format, highlighting the diversity of practices across the two campuses.

Register in advance here.

An event in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU in celebration of Qatar Week 2023.

Learn more about VCUarts Qatar.
Learn more about the VCUarts Qatar Exchange Program.