The NYUAD Art Gallery and David Webb celebrate inaugural ‘David Webb Museum Fellowship’

Notables from the worlds of art, design, and academia gathered at an event at the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi this week to celebrate the inaugural ‘David Webb Museum Fellowship’.

This is a first of its kind collaboration in the UAE, presented as a partnership between The NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Art Gallery, the University’s academic museum gallery, and David Webb New York, the legendary New York-based fine jewelry House.

For a period of two years, NYUAD alumna Tala Nassar will serve as the David Webb Museum Fellow. In her role, Nassar will be assisting The NYUAD Art Gallery’s curatorial team on developing exhibitions and public programming. She will also be working with a wide range of scholars and faculty at NYUAD on the development and execution of exhibitions that pertain to their research areas.

Nassar comments, “it’s a huge honor to be named as the first ‘David Webb Museum Fellow’. In terms of The NYUAD Art Gallery, my learning experience has already been exceptionally rewarding, both in my capacity as an undergraduate and postgraduate, and I am eager to  build on that with this Fellowship. As for David Webb, I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with such an eminent entity that is truly committed to nurturing Arab talent. To be part of this journey and help institutions fulfil that vision means a great deal to me; I am very excited about what is yet to come.”

The rotating curatorial fellowship has been designed exclusively for NYUAD alumni who have bilingual literacy in Arabic. The fellow will be paired with the University’s Curatorial and Education departments, preparing them to embark on a career in museums. It is aimed at building capacity for the UAE and GCC, attracting new Arab talent to the museum field.

Born in Amman, Jordan, Nassar earned her BA in Art and Art History from NYUAD in 2019. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as a curatorial researcher to Allison, for whom she conducted Arabic language research for the exhibition The Cultural Foundation: The Early Years (2018). She also curated the exhibition Al Tariqah (Sama Alshaibi, 2019) at The NYUAD Institute, which was held in conjunction with the conference Women in Migration II. She has since worked as a Research Assistant to Arab art historian and NYUAD Associate Professor Practice of Art History Salwa Mikdadi on the Center for the Study of Art from the Arab World project, as well as conducted research for the paper titled Women and Abstraction in the Arab World after World War II.

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