It is with a heavy heart that AMCA announces the passing of our dear colleague and AMCA member, Dr. Dina Bangdel. She passed away in the U.S. on July 25, following complications from a sinusitis surgery.
A scholar of South Asian, Indian, and Himalayan art, Dr. Bangdel was the Director of Art History at VCUQATAR, where she had taught since 2005. In 2014, Dr. Bangdel served on the conference committee for the International Forum on Contemporary Islamic Art, Design, and Architecture: Where/How does the North meet the East, a joint conference of Nanyang Technological University, AMCA, and VCUQatar.
In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Bangdel had curated several exhibitions, including Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art (2003, finalist for the Alfred Barr Award for best exhibition catalogue) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity and Islam (2010) at the Rubin Museum, New York, Prakriti Speaks: Contemporary Nepali Art (2011) in Mumbai. Following the 2015 earthquake in Napal, Dina spearheaded a number of projects focused on heritage preservation and cultural recovery.
AMCA sends its deepest condolences to her family, friends, colleagues, and students.