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Nermin Kura

Nermin Kura, Ph.D.
Professor of Art and Architectural History
B.A. Universite de Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV, M.A. Universite de Paris-Pantheon-Sorbonne, M.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, Ph.D. Bilkent University
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Art and Architectural History/Nature and Art

For Nermin Kura, the question of the occurrence of life, and its embodiment is a matter of great wonder. How is it that the transformation of energy into animate matter always occurs within a membrane, a seed, or a vessel of some sort? Could life exist without being embodied? Just as fascinating for her in their similarity to biological receptacles, are art works, vessels of meaning that cultures create for themselves to hold the thoughts and feelings that help make sense of existence. Could cultures survive without them?

Professor Kura teaches art and architectural history courses in the School of Architecture Art and Historic Preservation as well as aesthetics in the Core Program of Roger Williams University. She is also a visual artist who shows internationally. In her photography and ceramics, Nermin Kura uses forms from the biosphere such as pods and eggshells as a metaphor for the abode of life. She explores concepts of embodiment, fullness, inner pressures and the mysteries of life sustaining enclosures.

Nermin Kura holds a Ph.D. in Art Design and Architecture (dissertation: Tunisian Tiles - Ottoman Inspiration 16th-19th centuries) from Bilkent University, Ankara - Turkey 1996 an MFA in Ceramics from RISD 1997, a DEA in African History from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne 1985, an MA in Art History and Archaeology (dissertation: Ottoman Tiles in Tunisia) and a BA in Art History from Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV 1982. Two of the courses she offers within the Art and Architectural History program: Art and Architecture of the Islamic World and Nature in Art are directly informed by her academic and artistic research.

Nermin has taught art history courses in Bilkent University in Ankara-Turkey and at RISD in the Liberal Arts, and Ceramics departments, where she was also an artist in residence in the ceramics program. She has taught ceramics studio in Bennington College, Bennington-Vermont and in Rhode Island College.

Nermin Kura has been commissioned to write exhibition catalogues for museums and galleries in Europe and Turkey, featuring works of contemporary artists. Her own work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, and is presently represented by Apel Gallery in Istanbul (Turkey), Nev Gallery in Ankara (Turkey), and Gallery 297 in Bristol RI. Her work is in collections in the United States, Turkey, Belgium, Holland, and Norway.

Nermin Kura maintains a studio in America and in The Netherlands.