Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum

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Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum

Ashley Dimmig


Take a virtual tour of some of the highlights of Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD) with Ashley Dimmig, Wieler-Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Islamic Art. Explore a variety of objects in various media—including a stunning jeweled gun—that span a millennium of time and represent different cultures across the Islamic world. 


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The Online Collection of Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum

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Ashley Dimmig, “Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum,” Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online, published 28 August 2020.

Ashley Dimmig is the Crossman Gallery Director at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. There she oversees both the Crossman Gallery and the Community Engagement Center Gallery, and also teaches art history in the Department of Art and Design. After completing her PhD in the History of Art at the University of Michigan (2019), she held the position of Wieler-Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore where she curated the newly reinstalled permanent galleries of Islamic art within “Across Asia: Arts of Asia and the Islamic World” (opened April 2023). Her recent publications include chapters in the edited volumes Deconstructing Myths of Islamic Art (Routledge, 2022) and Textile in Architecture: From the Middle Ages to Modernism (Routledge, 2023). Dimmig’s research has been supported by various awards and fellowships including the Ittleson Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (CASVA) and the Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi Fellowship in Ottoman Architectural Culture and History at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) in Istanbul. She also holds two Master of Art degrees from Indiana University Bloomington and Koç University in Istanbul, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute.