2017 Juror: Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Birmingham Museum of Art
Wassan Al-Khudhairi is the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. She was the founding Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar where she was responsible for establishing the museum’s artistic program as well as overseeing policy development, acquisitions and managing the museum’s collection. She co-curated Mathaf’s inaugural exhibition Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art and curated Saraab: Cai Guo-Qiang. In 2012 Wassan was appointed one of the Artistic Directors of the 9th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea. She has been invited to participate in programs at various international institutions including the Mori Art Museum, SALT, Tate Modern, School of Visual Arts, California College of the Arts, and China Academy of Art Shanghai among others. Wassan graduated from Georgia State University, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Getty Leadership Institute.
Read more about Wassan, her beginnings at the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the exhibitions, programming, and initiatives she’s spearheaded.