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Born in Jerusalem, Palestine, Samia A. Halaby has been a painter,
writer, and educator. Her work is abstract in form and its
subject is the motion of things seen. Oil is the basic medium of
her major works. Her work includes work on paper as well as use
of acrylics and encaustic. In the mid-eighties she explored
digital media and created kinetic painting programs and videos in
collaboration with musicians.
She was raised in Palestine prior to the establishment of the state of
Israel. After emigration to the US as a child and graduation from
Mid-Western universities, she spent seventeen years teaching at the
college level, finally moving to New York in 1976 where she still lives
Her mature style began in the nineties. It emerged from decades
of investigating the meaning of the rectangular picture plane in
relation to abstraction. Free form painting hanging on the wall
as well as hanging sculptures were the result. The hanging
sculptures are three dimensional works using acrylics, paper and paper
mache. The shaped paintings are cut and stitched canvases with
layers creating a painterly bas-relief.
Beginning in the late nineties, she began documenting the work of
Palestinian artists, traveling widely to meet and interview them.
This resulted in the writing of a book titled Liberation Art of
Palestine. It is the most recent in a series of essays on the
subject of digital art, and Arabic art.
She taught at colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad from
1962 to 1997, including at Yale University, Indiana University, and the
University of Hawaii.
1961-63 Indiana University, Bloomington, Master of Fine Arts in Painting,
1959-60 Michigan State University, E. Lansing, Master of Art in Painting
1954-59 University of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bachelor of Science in Design
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS of static paintings:
2003 Internation Center of Bethlehem
2000 Sakakini Art Center, Ramallah, Palestine
1995 Darat Al-Funun, Amman, Jordan
1988 Tossan-Tossan Gallery, New York City (also in 1983)
1983 Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut
1978 Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York
1972 Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
1971 Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago
2002 The 13th Afro-Asian, Latin-American Exchange Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum
sponsored by JAALA Japan AfroAsian Latin American Artists Association
2002 “Williamsburg Bridges Palestine 2002” Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, New York
2001 “Rhythms from Palestine” Musee du Chateau Dufresne, Montreal.
2000 UNESCO Center, Beirut, Lebanon.
1994 Forces of Change, National Museum of Women, Washington, DC
1991 Art And Algorithm, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
1990-91 Hilo International Exhibition Works on Paper, Univ. of Hawaii
1989 Tercero Bienal de la Habana '89, Cuba
1987 Video & Computer, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island
1986 Abstract Painting, Tossan-Tossan, New York
1985 Abstract In Motion, Design Emporium, Honolulu, Hawaii
1985 1st Bienal Internacional Copy-Art de Barcelona,
Sala de Exposiciones, Fomento de Las Artes Decorativas, Barcelona, Spain
1985 TAMARIND: 25 Years, University Art Museum,
Albaquerque, New Mexico. Curated by Marjorie Devon and traveled under
auspices of The Art Museum Association of America
1983 On Trial: Yale School of Art, The 22 Wooster Gallery, New York
1981 Palestinske Kunstnere, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
1979 Palestinian Artists Oriental Museum, Moscow
1979 Contemporary Arab Artists II, Iraqi Cultural Center London, London
1977 Contemporary American Printmaking, Indiana University Art Museum
1977 Contemporary American Prints, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
1975 Tamarind Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
1975 Group Show, Alternative Museum for International Art, New York
1975 Recent Acquisitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
1974 Nine Connecticut Artists, The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
1973 American Drawing, Yale University Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
1969-70 Six Faculty Artists, Indiana University Museum, Bloomington, Indiana
1969 Faculty Exhibition, University of Michigan Museum, Ann Arbor
1968 Fifth Biennial Michiana Regional, South Bend Art Association, Indiana
1966-71 Art In The Embassies Program, Department of State & The National Gallery, Washington, DC
1966 16th Mid -America Annual Exhibition (Purchase
Award), Nelson Rockhill Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
1965 Art of Two Cities, opened Time-Life Gallery, New York, then traveled for one year, (purchase award)
1963 M.F.A. show, Indiana University Museum, Bloomington, Indiana
1962 Second Biennial Michiana Regional Exhibition, South Bend Art Association, South Bend, Indiana
1961 Third Interior Valley Competition, The
Contemporary Art Center at The Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio
In 1994 she designed the set for the dance performance of Jabberwalkie
by the Dance Company Perspectives in Motion at Pace University.
PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS of kinetic paintings
1998 Lincoln Center, New York
1998 Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
1997 Philadelphia College of Art; Pennsylvania
1997 Art Center, West Bank, Palestine
1997 Darat al funun, Amman, Jordan
1994 Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York;
1993 & 1994 FISEA (Fourth International Symposium on Electronic Art) Minneapolis then Philadelphia.
SELECTED PUBLISHED PAPERS
Technology, Abstraction, and Kinetic Painting, FISEA PAPERS, November 1993, pgs 57-66
Pictures in Computer Medium, PROCEEDINGS of the 9th SCAN Conference, 1989, pgs 100 to 105.
Nature, Reality and Abstract Picturing, Leonardo, Volume 20, issue 3, 1987
Her work is in the following museum collections:
Alternative Museum, New York, NY; The Art Institute of Chicago,
Chicago, Illinois; The British Museum, London, England; Detroit
Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan; Center for the Arts, Vero Beach,
Florida; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland Museum of
Art, Cleveland, Ohio; Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hampstead, New
York; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana; The Guggenheim
Museum, New York, NY; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii; Indiana
University Museum, Bloomington, Indiana; Indianapolis Museum of Art,
Indianapolis, Indiana; Institute Du Monde Arab, Paris, France;
Kalamazoo Institute of Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Mead Art Museum,
Michigan State University Museum, East Landing, Michigan; The National
Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Nelson Rockhill Gallery of
Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs,
California; Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa; Speed Art Museum,
Louisville, Kentucky; Tamarind Lithography Institute, Albuquerque, New
Mexico; The University Gallery, Memphis State University, Memphis,
Tennessee; University of Michigan, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Yale University
Gallery, New Haven Connecticut.
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|Born in Jerusalem in 1936, Samia Halaby is a leading Palestinian painter and scholar. After immigrating to
the US via Lebanon in 1951, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Cincinnati in
1959 and a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University in 1963. Shortly after, she began an extensive career
in teaching art at the university level throughout the US, which culminated in a decade long position as the
first full-time female associate professor at Yale School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut.
Although based in New York, Halaby has also worked in the Arab world, teaching at such institutions as
Birzeit University in the West Bank and Darat al-Funun in Amman, Jordan.
Since 1970, she has held solo exhibitions, both in the US and abroad and has been featured in
a number of groundbreaking group exhibitions of Arab art throughout the US and Europe.
Although her painting style has changed dramatically over the years—from large canvases
exploring the color planes of geometric and helix formations to colorist assemblages that speak of movement
and nature—she has continued to push the boundaries of art for over fifty years. As such, she is recognized as
a major innovator of the school of abstraction in contemporary Arab art.
Halaby’s vivid canvases have been
hailed by a number of international publications including The New York Times and Art in America. Forever
on the cutting-edge of art, in 1983, she created a computer program for kinetic paintings, resulting in several
audio-visual presentations, including a tour of Syria, Palestine and Jordan and a performance accompanied by
live musicians at New York’s Lincoln Center (1998).
Halaby’s work is housed in several museum collections worldwide, most notably the Jordan National Gallery
of Fine Arts, The British Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Detroit
Institute of Art. As an art historian, she has been instrumental in curating several exhibitions in the US.
2002 her many years of scholarship led to the publishing of Liberation Art of Palestine, one of the few English language
books on contemporary Palestinian art available today.
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