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NYU Abu Dhabi launches 'Mariet Westermann' distinguished MFA Fellowship

Jul 11, 2024

Abu Dhabi [UAE], July 11: NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has established the Mariet Westermann Distinguished Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Fellowship.
This award was created to honour Westermann's exceptional contributions to the arts and culture space both across the University and the UAE during her tenure as the University's Vice Chancellor.
The fellowship, which will be awarded on an annual basis, will provide an outstanding student with financial support and resources to undertake The MFA in Art and Media at NYUAD. Recipients will be selected by an appointed committee and be distinguished by their artistic excellence and potential to make an innovative contribution to the field of the arts.
The MFA in Art and Media at NYUAD is a terminal degree program that immerses students in contemporary research and art practices while training them to become deep thinkers and artistic innovators.
Courses emphasise artistic experimentation within a context of theoretical, cultural, and historical study. Its interdisciplinary approach bridges diverse bodies of knowledge encouraging students to continually experiment through a rigorous exploration of the boundaries of art making.
NYUAD Vice Chancellor Fabio Piano said, "This fellowship acknowledges Mariet's exceptional leadership in higher education and the arts, her invaluable contributions to the growth and development of our University, and honours her unwavering passion for the NYUAD mission."
Westermann, who is now Director and CEO of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, led NYUAD, a degree-granting liberal arts and research campus of NYU, as Vice Chancellor, Chief Executive, and Professor of Arts and Humanities from 2019 to 2024. She played a pivotal role in shaping NYUAD into the successful entity that it is today. She was the institution's Provost at its founding, from 2007 to 2010.
Source: Emirates News Agency