Sultan Saooud Al-Qassemi speaks at AUD Visual Cultures Forum
Source: BI-ME , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Mon October 15, 2012 3:17 pm

UAE. The Department of Visual Communication (VC) at the American University in Dubai (AUD) welcomed renowned Founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation and well known commentator on Arab affairs Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi as a guest speaker during a dynamic session of the AUD Visual Cultures Forum (VCF) under the theme of “Contemporary Art from an Emirati Perspective”.

Dr. Woodman Taylor, Associate Professor of Art History at AUD and organizer of the VCF, says: “We created this unique opportunity for students and the AUD community to interact with Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi who is very active in both the arts and contemporary affairs communities of U.A.E.”

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi introduced the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent, UAE-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit his personal art collection while contributing to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent, publicly accessible art collection in the UAE.

During his presentation, Al-Qassemi focused on both the commercial and non-profit sector of contemporary art in the UAE. Sharing his experiences, Al-Qassemi reflected on the development of the UAE art scene, mentioning the movements lead by key figures in contemporary art in the Emirates in the 1980s to the art fairs, biennials, large-scale projects such as the Guggenheim and Louvre projects currently underway.

As a hub for the commercial art market, Al-Qassemi also recognized the importance for developing a mandate for sharing art in both an educational and non-commercial capacity in the UAE.

On the other hand, Al-Qassemi previewed several key artworks from his collection housed by the Barjeel Art Foundation, highlighting prominent names of both the modern period of Arab art as well as contemporary work by artists working today.

By creating a space for presenting art, architecture, design and media, the AUD Visual Cultures Forum fosters interactive discussions on visual arts amongst students and faculty at AUD as well as with the dynamic arts community to build relationships with major figures in the thriving art scene in Dubai and the U.A.E.

This event was organized in collaboration with the Barjeel Art Foundation.

 About Sultan Saooud Al-Qassemi
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi most renowned as commentator on Arab affairs is widely recognized for his use of the popular social networking site Twitter and has been described by numerous media outlets as a prominent voice during the events of the ongoing Arab Spring. Al-Qassemi is the founder and chairman of Barjeel Securities, a financial products company, as well as the managing director of Al-Saud Co. Ltd.

He is the chairman of Meem Gallery in Dubai and in 2010, Qassemi founded the Barjeel Art Foundation, an independent arts initiative established to exhibit his personal collection of Arab art and provide and informative public resource for art in the region. Al-Qassemi received a master’s degree in Global Banking and Finance from the European Business School, where he graduated with distinction in 2004. He received his B.Sc. in International Business Administration from the American University of Paris. Al-Qassemi taught Middle Eastern history and entrepreneurship as a Lecturer at Dubai Men’s College and is also a non-resident fellow at the Dubai School Government. Al-Qassemi has written columns for international publications as The New York Times, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Open Democracy, The Independent, The Guardian and Gulf News. Al-Qassemi lives in Sharjah.

About AUD:
The American University in Dubai (AUD) is a private, non-sectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1995. It serves UAE nationals and international students who seek world-class career-oriented education. AUD, as an international institution of higher education, encourages global understanding by providing an atmosphere of cultural diversity and opportunities for an international education.
• AUD is officially licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates. The Ministry has accredited the university’s programs in International Studies, Business Administration (both undergraduate and graduate), Communication and Information Studies, Engineering, Computer and Information Technology, Computer Science, Architecture, Visual Communication and Interior Design, Education (graduate), and Construction Management (graduate), in addition to a Certificate program in Middle Eastern Studies.
• AUD is accredited by the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.   
• AUD is approved to operate by the State of Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC).
• AUD has received specialized accreditation for its Bachelor’s of Business Administration (B.B.A.), and Master’s of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree programs in business through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The university’s undergraduate concentrations in Marketing Communications and Advertising (Creative) have been accredited by the International Advertising Association (IAA) in New York.
• The Civil, Computer, and Electrical Engineering Programs of AUD’s School of Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology (B.S.C.I.T.) program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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