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Symposium on Training Art Curators to Take Place at VCU arts Qatar


VCU arts Qatar will host a symposium on training art curators on April 8. The day-long event is free and open to the public.


Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) will be hosting a symposium on April 8, titled, “Training Art Curators in the 21st Century”.

The symposium will bring together leading experts in art history, archaeology, curatorial studies, and museum education to discuss innovations in bridging the academic and the practical when preparing a new generation of art curators. The symposium is free and open to the public and will take place from 8am to 4pm at VCUarts Qatar’s Atrium.

Attendees and panelists at the event will debate and discuss subjects such as why art history matters, museum fellowships, becoming an art curator, engaging students with archaeological collections in museums, and instructional design perspectives.


Professor Radha Dalal

“Given its rapidly growing museum culture, Qatar’s institutions require professionals with a general knowledge of art, in terms of both historical content and methods, as well as cutting-edge skills in museum practice,” said Assistant Professor Radha Dalal from VCUarts Qatar’s Art History program.


Dr. Charlotte Klonk

Speakers at the symposium, which is co-funded by Qatar National Research Fund and VCUarts Qatar, will include Dr. Charlotte Klonk, Professor of Art History and New Media at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Shaika Nasir Al-Nassr, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of Islamic Arts, Qatar Museums; Dr. Margaret A. Lindauer, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; Dr. Priya Maholay-Jaradi, Convenor, Art History, Department of History at the National University of Singapore; Dr. Jelena Trkulja, Director of Education at Qatar Museums; Aisha Al Sowaidi, Curatorial Assistant III, at the Fire Station, Qatar Museums, and a VCUarts Qatar alumna; and many other experts in the field of curatorial training.

The symposium is free and open to the public and will take place on April 8, from 8am to 4pm at VCUarts Qatar’s Atrium. For more information about VCUarts Qatar’s Art History program, please visit