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Posted by: AMCA-Nabil Kanso Estate
Deadline: Tue, June 1st, 2021


The Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA) and The Nabil Kanso Estate are offering a unique and one-time research fellowship for a graduate student or young scholar to spend 4-5 weeks working in the unpublished archives of the late Lebanese-American artist Nabil Kanso (1940-2019). The fellowship amount of 4,500 USD will cover travel to and from the archive in Atlanta, GA, housing, and a living stipend for one recipient. For further information, see below for a list of the archive’s contents and the Nabil Kanso Estate’s website:



The recipient will have the opportunity to publish their research on Nabil Kanso as part of the Anthem-AMCA publishing series. The Anthem Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran and Turkey series publishes scholarly biographies of art works from the region. Each publication traces the historical trajectory of an individual art work, from the circumstances of production (including artist’s biography and socio-cultural context of place) through its exhibition history with collectors and museums. The series is peer-reviewed and edited by Nada Shabout and Sarah Rogers (



Interested researchers should send a cover letter with proposed research dates and a CV to by June 1 2021.



The archive includes:


— Thousands of works of art by Nabil Kanso, created from 1968 to 2018 across a wide array of mediums and sizes from mural paintings on canvas to ink drawings on paper. 


— The artist’s sketchbooks, kept from the mid-1960s through the 2000s. 


— Digital archives, including the artist’s computer hard drives, digital writings and notes, photos, templates for early websites, catalogues and folders organizing his work, and other materials. 


— Thousands of pages of hand written materials, including autobiographical writings, diaries, reflections on the artist’s work, analysis of literature/history/poetry/music and the work of other artists, notes on the artistic process and the role of the artist in society, and written expressions on other important topics and events. Many of these materials have already been catalogued and organized by the artist in binders. 


— Personal correspondence, letters, works gifted from other artists. 


— Video and photographs, including interviews with the artist and recordings of exhibitions. 


— Catalogues from exhibitions and relevant accompanying materials from the 1970s to 2010s. 


— Articles and critical reviews of Kanso’s work from throughout his career.


— Materials from the artist’s library, including music, books, and catalogues of art work, literature, and history. 


— An extensive sample of materials used directly by the artist in the creation of his work


— Three books published by the artist (The Split of Life, Othello, and Faust) and materials for several unpublished books that are either fully or partially composed.  




Posted on Thu, May 6th, 2021
Expires on Tue, June 1st, 2021

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