Qatar Week brings overseas extension of VCUarts to Richmond

Qatar week gallery exhibit. Eleven faculty-led Creative Research Labs were the focal point of last year’s Qatar Week Exhibition at the Anderson

Another event-packed Qatar Week is coming, with research talks, exhibitions and student dialogues taking place on the Monroe Park campus from Oct. 9-11.  

Qatar Week is an annual exchange between the VCUarts Richmond and VCUarts Qatar campuses and showcases the work of the overseas campus in the areas of art, design education and creative research.

This year’s series of events, hosted by VCUarts Dean Carmenita Higginbotham, Ph.D., and VCUarts Qatar Dean Amir Berbić will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Qatar campus. 

Events this year will include an exhibition, Legacy and Horizon, at the Anderson featuring the exceptional work of VCUarts Qatar’s Foundation Year students as well as work from the creative journeys of VCUQ alumni.  A creative research PechaKucha presentation will also be held at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU, and several opportunities for student dialogue and panel discussions are planned. 

You can learn more about the week’s events on the Qatar Week page

“We look forward to Qatar Week every year—it’s a great opportunity for us to show the amazing work of our students, alumni and researchers, while sharing the highlights of our campus community and the impact that VCUarts is having in Qatar,” Berbić said. 

As always, VCUarts Qatar will also be sending a group of students to Richmond from the Qatar campus for their annual Student Leadership Trip coinciding with Qatar Week. According to Dr. Matthew Nelson, Director of Student Affairs at VCUarts Qatar, the trip strengthens the relationship between the Qatar and Richmond campuses while providing each campus’ students and staff an opportunity to learn more about each other and share their experiences.  

VCUarts Qatar is a partner university with Qatar Foundation in Doha and was the first American university to be invited to operate in Qatar Foundation’s groundbreaking Education City, in 1998. The campus has grown its influence on the nation’s art and culture scene ever since.

Lead image: Eleven faculty-led Creative Research Labs were the focal point of last year’s Qatar Week Exhibition at the Anderson.