Senior students of the Department of Visual Art in Scientific College of Design (SCD) experimented with ‘Methods of Creative imagination in Conceptual Art’ under the guidance of Dr Nasser Palangi
A unique exhibition, churned out by 21 senior students of the Department of Visual Art in Scientific College of Design is currently underway in the Glass Gallery in Scientific College of Design (SCD). This exhibition titled ‘Conceptual Art’ is the final art project – the result of a Fall semester 2022-23 conducted by Dr Nasser Palangi, a senior faculty and talented Australian-Iranian artist.
Dr Palangi disclosed that, in this academic semester, Oman’s new generation artists have expressed deep human, historical, social and cultural concepts with a contemporary visual sense, full knowledge of the methods of artistic creativity, and familiarity with different styles and techniques.
“The result of this course is the first Conceptual Art exhibition in Muscat,” he said, adding that the exhibition opened on January 10 under the auspices of Ahmed Abdullah al Busaidi. general director of arts, Ministry of Culture, Sport and Youth. Those present included Dr Mona Islam, dean of SCD, Dr Reem Elswaifi, head of Visual Art department, besides students and their family members, international and Omani artists, and gallery managers in the capital.
The exhibition features the works of 21 budding artists whose works were judged and evaluated by art professors including Farideh Zariv, artist-art curator, Dr Mohamed Taregh, lecturer-artist, Abed Obed, lecturer-artist and Dr Nasser Palangi, lecturer-artist.
The participant students were Amna Mohammed Sultan al Jabri, Arwa Hamed Nasser al Souli, Aya Yousuf Mohammed Said al Hajri, Bushra Mohamed Homood al Wahibi, Fatema Salim Said Khamis al Maqbali, Hajer Abdullah Hamed al Ghufaili, Lulu Mohammed Rashid al Ghailani, Maryam Mohammed Alawi Ba Alawi, Mithaq Suhail Nasib Mubarak al Araimi, Nafaa Nashr al Noubi al Kiyumi, Nasnas Mohammed Juma Rashid al Ruzaiqi, Reeda Sulaiman Saif Hamed al Maamariya, Safiya Khamis Said al Maskari, Sandas Rashid Humaid al Shibli, Sara Mohamed Ahmed al Humaidi, Sara Yousuf Abdallah al Balushi, Shahad Asad Abdul Wahab al Hamdi, Shima Ahmed Mohamed Said al Gammari, Umayma Mubarak Hamed al Saighi, and Yaqeen Yaqoob Yousuf al Maqbali.
Summing up the students’ efforts, Dr Palangi said, “Through this project, my students experienced the methods of creative imagination, learned several new techniques, and researched about the history of contemporary and conceptual arts. They have presented their own selected conceptual vision through a visual language, created in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, video, and new media art formats. They will be a new generation of Omani artists who have started to experience a conceptual art movement, and hopefully, will continue this movement in future.”