The NYUAD Art Gallery is an intimate museum space in a university setting. Modelled on the academic museums of the US, the curatorial program explores locally relevant and internationally significant subjects. This model of scholarly, experimental, and non-commercial art exhibitions complements and enhances the region’s fast-growing cultural ecosystem.
A second venue, the Project Space, located in The Arts Center, is a vital part of the Gallery’s identity, serving as a laboratory for experimentation, with priority given to exhibitions from within the academic and regional community, including the annual Senior Capstone Festival, faculty-curated exhibitions, experimental projects, and the work of regional emerging artists.
In addition, the NYUAD Art Gallery department oversees the Campus art collection, and a number of special projects, such as the annual Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan.
The Gallery’s central museum space, auxiliary Project Space, and annual Christo Award are core catalysts for NYUAD as a locus of intellectual and creative activity, linking the university with the Abu Dhabi public and a worldwide community of artists, curators, and scholars. Supporting the progress made by other arts institutions within the UAE, the NYUAD Art Gallery and the projects its team oversee serve as a testing ground for new and innovative curatorial approaches that nourish the dialogue around exhibition practice in the Gulf.