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Support The Rhonda A. Saad Prize For Best Graduate Paper In Modern And Contemporary Art

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In 2010, the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA) established The Rhonda A. Saad Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Modern and Contemporary Arab Art. The award honors our respected colleague and dear friend, Rhonda (1979-2010), who was, at the time of her tragic passing, in the process of researching a doctoral dissertation on modern Palestinian art in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University. Over the last several years, the prize has recognized excellence in graduate work completed on a variety of subjects in a number of disciplines at universities in the U.S. and abroad. This year, undergraduate students may apply with the nomination of a professor. Please consider donating to the Rhonda A. Saad Prize so that we may continue to honor Rhonda’s legacy by encouraging outstanding scholarship in the field of modern and contemporary Arab art.

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For the former announcements of the Rhonda A. Saad Prize winners, please visit


  • 2017: Nisa Ari, History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture, MIT School of Architecture, Painting After Photography: Nicola Saig, the American Colony Photo Department and the Art of the Copy in Palestine’s Early Twentieth Century Art World.
Honorable Mention to Anahi Alviso-Marino, École Doctorale de Science Politique, Université Paris 1-Sorbonne and the Faculté des sciences sociales et politiques at the Université de Lausanne,  Collectifs artistiques et stratégies de valorisation et de commercialisation de l’art, excerpt from a dissertation on contemporary Yemeni art.


  • 2016  Nancy Demerdash, Dept. of the History of Art & Architecture at DePaul University,Urbanisme d’Urgence: Postwar Tunisian Modernisms & Revisionist Reconstructions and Rachel Nelson, Dept. of History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, On Perpetual Conflict: Palestine in Emily Jacir’s Art Practices.
  • 2014-15  Christopher Barrie, Dept. of Middle East Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, School of London, Myth and Mythology on the Nile: The Surrealism of Georges Henein and ‘Abd al-Hadi al-Gazar
  • 2013 Elizabeth Rauh, Dept. of Art History, University of Michigan, The Poetics of Absence: Walid Raad’s Préface à la première edition
  • 2012 Amin Alsaden, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Baghdad’s 1974 Biennial: The Ba’ath, Arab Art, and Global Politics
  • 2011  Marie Domene-Danes, Dept. of Art History, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Disrupting Narratives: Unveiling Biopoltics in the Atlas Group
▹ Honorable Mention to Yazan Khalil, Darkness Against the Landscape: De-familiarizing the Image

Previous Saad Prize review panel members:

Michelle Craig (University of California, Los Angeles)
Omnia El Shakry (University of California, Davis)
Hannah Feldman (Northwestern University)
Pamela Karimi (AMCA board member; University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)
Sonja Mejcher-Atassi (American University of Beirut)
Sarah Rogers (AMCA President-Elect)
Nada Shabout (AMCA President; University of North Texas)
Wendy Shaw (Free University of Berlin)
Jessica Winegar (Northwestern University)