Thursday, December 19, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Persian artist talk and workshop at AUK

Persian contemporary painter/collage artist Reza Doust lecturing and giving a workshop at the American University of Kuwait - don't miss it!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Academia's indentured servants

Sadly, this is one of the main reason that I am now teaching overseas, but there are other very positive reasons too. (click on link): Academia's indentured servants

"To work outside of academia, even temporarily, signals you are not "serious" or "dedicated" to scholarship," writes author [AP]

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

☆☆ Mabrook Dubai World Expo 2020 ☆☆

Congratulations to Dubai as it is named host city for 
the World Expo 2020!

Just like the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, the Middle East is now looking to be 'the place to be' with the Dubai World Expos 2020 and the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup!

REUSE Exhibition Opens 28 November 12 noon!

On behalf of the AUK Department of Art and Graphic Design and AUK Library, you are cordially invited to attend the REUSE Exhibition that opens tomorrow, November 28th, at 12pm noon.  

Student artwork made from scrap / recycled materials will be displayed in this exhibition that promotes environmental sustainability while creating a platform on which aspiring young artists can share their work. Winning artwork from this event will later be exhibited with student artworks from other educational institutions and will compete with each other for the best works made entirely out of scrap / recycled materials. This student exhibition is part of 'The en.v Initiative", an organisation promoting social responsibility in the Arab world. 

The show runs through December 8th, 2013 and will be held in the AUK Library.

AUK Library Hours
Regular working hours 

Sunday - Thursday8:00am-9:00pm

Monday, November 25, 2013

Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary

Finally watched "The Day of the Doctor," which marks Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary, and it was awesome! (SPOILERS) When MY Doctor, the one I grew up with, the Fourth Doctor, showed up, it actually made me cry! Tom Baker's surprise appearance was like opening gifts on Christmas morning or seeing Santa Claus as a kid!

Google even got in on Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary with their own little game and that was awesome too!

The 11th Doctor meets the mysterious 'curator' who appears to be aware that he resembles an older version of the Fourth Doctor.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saudi women defy driving ban across country

Saudi activists are calling the campaign the most successful in years, despite threats [AFP]
Bravo to the dozens of women in Saudi Arabia who today took the wheel and defied the ban on women driving in that country. It's a sign of how backward Saudi Arabia is that 1400 years ago no one had a problem with the Prophet Muhammad's wife, Khadija, driving camels, but fundamentalist clerics today refuse to let women drive cars--which in my experience are rather easier to drive than camels. -Nicholas Kristof

No Woman, No Drive

Saudi women have only been recently granted the right to ride bicycles. “Women are now allowed to drive bicycles in Saudi. “Not Forbidden” reads caption on caricature by one of AUK's best former students @MohammadRSharaf

Check out the link below for awesome video:

No Woman, No Drive
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Kuwait's 'gay-o-meter,' 'women who drive risk damaging their ovaries' and other strange news from the Middle East...

    1. Kuwait 'gay-o-meter'? Clinical screenings to 'detect' and ban -

        Oct 8, 2013 - Routine clinical screenings may be used to 'detect' homosexuals and bar them from entering Kuwait and other Gulf member states, according ...

      Saudi cleric says women who drive risk damaging their ovaries ...

          Sep 29, 2013 - RIYADH (Reuters) - A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with ...

          The above stories are true (as odd as they may seem), but now for a bit of satire:

      The Pan-Arabia Enquirer - Satire From The Middle East

            As the Middle East's premier source of made up news, The Pan-Arabia Enquirer attracts more than 200,000 page views a month. And, according to research, ...

    Friday, October 25, 2013

    Exhibit Opening on Monday, 28th October

    Posted: 13 Oct 2013 12:22 AM PDT
    Opening on Monday, 28th October, 2013 at 7pm. Born in 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon, Hussein Baalbaki is a contemporary artist...

    4 exhibits opening Sunday 27 October

    Nice to see so many art exhibits opening in the little art world of Kuwait, but why do they all have to be on the same night and in different parts of the city?

    Posted: 24 Oct 2013 01:36 AM PDT
    Opening is on Sunday, 27th of October, 2013 at 7pm With her keen eye for vibrant colors she uses her...
    Posted: 24 Oct 2013 01:26 AM PDT
    Opening is on Sunday, 27th of October, 2013 at 7 pm Artists from Bahrain : Ahmad Anan, Mohammed Al Mahdi,...
    Posted: 24 Oct 2013 01:19 AM PDT
    Opening is on Sunday, 27th of October, 2013 at 6 pm Exhibition features works of six artists from Syria. Exhibition...

    There is also an exhibition at the Kuwait Arts Association on Sunday @7pm as part of the International Conference of Contemporary Art  2013.  Not much info but see this:

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Graphic Design Teaching Position

    Graphic Design (Position Code No. 13-101): Rank open; Successful candidates will teach Graphic Design courses at all levels in an expanding undergraduate degree (BA) program; contribute in area of specialization; advise students. The ideal candidate is well versed in graphic design theory and application, industry standards, and traditional and digital media. Degree Requirement: Terminal Graduate degree in Graphic Design (M.F.A. or above).

    Application Instructions:

    Application packages are to be submitted electronically to (attachments must not exceed 10 MB per e-mail). The package should contain the following:

    1) Cover letter, detailing the candidate’s specific interest in AUK, and how the candidate’s past experience provides a suitable basis for performance in the position for which they are applying;
    2) A current CV;
    3) Statement on research and service and statement of teaching methodology, including curricular development that the individual has initiated and executed;
    4.) Copies of teaching evaluations if available; and supervisor evaluations (as available).

    5) The names and addresses, both electronic and postal, of three referees.
    6) 10-20 digital examples of personal work and 10-20 examples of student work;

    In completing your application, please quote position code number.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. For full consideration, applications should be reviewed by December 1, 2013.

    Visit the AUK website ( to learn about the degree programs, university facilities, and campus life.

    American University of Kuwait
    Faculty Openings AY2014-2015

    The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is a private university in Kuwait organized on the U.S. model of undergraduate liberal arts education. The medium of instruction is English. The University is accredited by the Council for Private Universities of the Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education. AUK also has a Memorandum of Understanding with Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.  AUK admitted its first students in September 2004 and currently has approximately 2,000 students and over 120 UG faculty members. 

    The University is seeking terminally qualified faculty committed to excellence in teaching, scholarly research, and service.  American education or teaching experience is preferred as is evidence of research activity. Outstanding communication skills, cultural sensitivity, and effective use of classroom media and technology are expected.  Faculty rank will be determined by the candidate’s degree and previous employment history. Successful candidates will teach undergraduate classes to majors and non-majors of diverse cultural backgrounds, participate in student advising, honor office hours, and serve on faculty committees.

    AUK offers competitive compensation, as well as an attractive and comprehensive benefits package, up to a maximum of 50% of annual base salary. There is no personal income tax, and US citizens may be eligible to take advantage of the IRS foreign tax exclusion.  AUK is an equal opportunity employer, fully committed to becoming a model university of the twenty-first century in the region.

    Contracts are normally issued for 2 or 3 years and are renewable. Visiting appointments may be available. The screening of applications will begin immediately. U.S. interviews will be held in Washington, DC.

    Thursday, October 3, 2013

    art exhibit Oct. 4-5 for the benefit of Zamboanga!

    Makulay's first ever group exhibition for the benefit of Zamboanga in the Philippines! October 4-5 at Galleria 2000!

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    GCC exhibit opening TONIGHT!

    A Space for National Achievement
    Sultan Gallery, Kuwait
    October 1st – 31st 2013

    Achievements are marked by and created through awards and ceremony. The combination of object and event creates a spectacle intended to impose specific impressions onto individuals, groups and even the nation as a whole. Within our region the individual stands in for their family, and subsequently the nation. Although we are often hailed as part of a cohesive whole, our individual actions-and as a consequence our achievements-become the defining factor of a broader social and political structure. A Space for National Achievement calls into question the accumulation of superlatives, and asks us to contend with the disconnect between a lavish award and the achievement it recognizes. This relationship becomes a way to manage image and control perception. In our societies awards merely reinforce what already exists, rather than mark material gains. This symbolic power is actualized in this exhibition, which asks us to consider how national achievement is situated. In fact, these discourses are part of a systematic framework that organizes our existence.

    About GCC:

    The basic objectives of the GCC are to effect collaboration, transformation and inter-connection between Artists in all fields in order to achieve unity between them: Being fully aware of the ties of special relations, common characteristics and similar systems founded on the creed of Art which bind them; and in conformity with the Charter of the Federation of Gulf Artists which calls for the realization of closer relations and stronger bonds; and having the conviction that coordination, cooperation, and integration between them serve the sublime objectives of the GCC; and,
    In order to channel their efforts to reinforce and serve Gulf and Artistic causes.