2013 Alumna Hannah Clager has been selected as a 2016-17 Fulbright Student scholarship recipient in the field of Art History to conduct research in Morocco. She will be researching trends in the monarchy’s cultural patronage policies in post-Arab Spring Morocco as it relates to the 2014 opening of the first contemporary arts museum in Rabat, the Musée Mohammed VI d’Art Moderne et Contemporain.
Similar to the research she conducted in Dakar, Senegal, as an undergraduate for her honors thesis research on the Dak’Art Biennale, Hannah will be interviewing artists and cultural practitioners across the country about their relationship to this new contemporary art institution and the related state-funded programs for the arts. Her project will involve curating her first exhibition, with the help of Moroccan artists, that will work to create an artistic platform for the artists and public to express their perspectives and engage in opening a dialogue on the new Contemporary Arts Museum in Rabat.
Additionally, Hannah has been selected for a Critical Language Enhancement Award in Arabic and will be funded to study Modern Standard Arabic intensively for a four-month period prior to my Fulbright grant period.