Nada Shalaby is a visual artist currently based in New York. Her research-based practice is concerned with the interrogation of uncontested spaces, often involving constructs of language and cultural associations that exist in the public sphere.

Recently this has involved collaborations including This Stays Between Us (2015-) on memory and the psychogeography of Cairo, and projects such as You and I and Time is Long (2013), an archive relating to the archaeological site Tel el Yahudiya in the Egyptian delta, and Whose Despair (2016), a body of work that interrogates the symbolic association of the flower to the body in the Arabic language. 

While in Chicago between 2009-2011, Nada established a lived practice in West Roger’s Park, where she also founded a social practice residency program for young artists and co-founded the art space Doukan7002

Nada taught at the Department of the Arts at the American University in Cairo from 2011-2015. She holds a Masters degree in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University. She was awarded the Edes Foundation Prize in 2015.

Workshops and Presentations

Panelist, Social Practice in Foundations, FATE Foundations in Art Theory and Education Conference, Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO)
April 7, 2017

Panelist, Rerouted: Arab American Creative Practices in Cairo, DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts, Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI)
May 8, 2015

Presenter, Teaching Social Engagement in Revolutionary Cairo, Open Engagement conference, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
April 19, 2015 

Presenter, The Creative Process: An Introduction to Visual Research, workshop led with Aissa Deebi and Amr Assaad, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center (Cairo, Egypt)
April 7-8, 2015

Artist talk, You and I and Time is Long, at References: Artists Activating the Archive exhibition, Contemporary Image Collective
(Cairo, Egypt)
Jan. 12, 2014

Panelist, Arts Careers, Northwestern Art Review, Northwestern University
(Evanston, IL) 
March 31, 2011

Panelist, Art of Dissent: Transforming Trauma and a Culture of War, National Veterans Art Museum (Chicago, IL) 
February 26, 2011 



Grants and Awards

New Works Grant
Queens Council on the Arts,
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (New York, NY)

Edes Foundation Prize
Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation (Chicago, IL)

Project Research Grant
Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council
(Cairo, Egypt)

Social Entrepreneurship Fund Grant
One Chicago, One Nation
(Chicago, IL)

Artist Grant
Puffin Foundation (Teaneck, NJ)

Graduate Research Grant
The Graduate School,
Northwestern University
(Evanston, IL)

University Fellowship
Department of Art Theory
and Practice, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)

Education Grant
Institute of International Education/Ford Foundation (Cairo, Egypt)

First Prize in Plastic Arts
National Student Art Competition, Ministry of Culture (Cairo, Egypt)