Education

• School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, Masters of  Art in Art Therapy and Counseling. Expected graduation 2019.

• Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait, Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication: Visual Communication 2009-2013

• Semester Abroad in University of Missouri St. Louis, USA. Summer 2013

 

Selected Exhibitions

2018

• Solo Exhibition: Invisibly Visible, SITE Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

• Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World, American University, Washington DC.

• Whats Your Location?: Artist Book Exhibition, CEEE Erico Verissimo, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

• Young Arab Artists Exhibition in ArtX, New York Arab World: Art and Education Initiative, NYC.

• Paris Contemporary Art Show 2018, ale Carreau du Temple, represented by Antidote DXB, Paris, France.

• Vantage Point 4, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.

•  In-Between the Skyline of Kuwait City (Touring Solo Exhibition), La Galerie, Alliance Francaise Dubai, UAE.

2017

• SITES Galleries 'Home' Exhibition, School of the art Institute of Chicago, USA.

• 20th International Open, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, USA.

• Vantage Point 3, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.

• We Are We Belong: Art Thearpists of Color by The Illinois Art Therapy Association, The Dojo Gallery, Chicago, USA.

• Abolish Article 153 Art Exhibition, The Hub Gallery, Kuwait. 

• International Women Photographers Award Touring Exhibition, Fondation Hypocrène in  Paris and Toulouse France.. Alliance Française in Dubai UAE, New Delhi India, Port Said and Alexandria Egypt, Riyadh KSA. Institut Français in Cairo Egypt. 

2016

• Artworks from Crossway Foundation Journey to Turkey, Naila Art Gallery, Jeddah, KSA

• Blue Hour Exhibition, Bolivia Biennale, Centro Cultural De Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

• In Between the Skyline of Kuwait City, Book Launch and Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait.

• It's a bad word “belong”, Ka Fotoğraf Geliştirme Atölyesi, Ankara, Turkey

• What is your location? (Turning) Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait

• Abolish Article 153 Art Exhibition (touring) Jamm Gallery, Dubai, UAE, and FA Gallery, Kuwait.

2015

• What is your location? (Turning) Centro Cultural • CEEE Eirico Verissimo, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

• A 100 Times No, E-Werk Friegburg, Germany.

• Kreate 5.0 Art Show, Bayt Lothan, Kuwait.

• Talk Love Act Peace Group Exhibition At Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait.

• Per | Form Program Performance Show at Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait.

SELECTED RESIDENCIES, WORKSHOPS & OTHER PARTICIPATION

2018

• Invisibly Visible Exhibition Programing: Panel Discussion moderated by Farah Salem, SITE Sharp Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

• Invisibly Visible Exhibition Programing: Samri Dance Workshop facilitated by Farah Salem, SITE Sharp Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

• Visiting Artist for ‘The Mirror, The Copy: Contemporary Arab Art & Displacement, Michigan State University, USA.

• Woven Lace Structures Workshop, Peters Valley School of Craft, NJ, USA.

• Test SITE Residency, SITE Sharp Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA.

• West African Djembe, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, USA.

2017 

• Clinical Practices with Syrian Refugee populations by The Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition.

Facilitator of a Creatively Empowered Women collective knitted art piece for Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, USA.

Co-Facilitator of collaging workshop and live calligraphy performance artist on the Culturunners RV at Smithsonian & Free Sackler's IlluminAisa Festival, Washington DC.

• Creating a Ritual of Change: Collaboration with Empathy & Compassion at Illinois Art therapy Association Conference.

• Papermaking, Oxbow School of Art and Artists' Residency

• Art Therapy and Yoga for the Self-care of the Helping Professional Workshop at Mount Mary Art Therapy Symposium.

2016

• Crossway Foundation Photography Residency: Journey to Turkey.

2015

• Photography Landscape with Tarek AlGhoussein, Nuqat Confrence: Copy Paste Syndrom, Kuwait.

• New York Film Academy: 1 Month Photography Program, New York City.

• WE ARE THE ART WORK: Light & Calligraphy Workshop by Karim Jabari, Nuqat, Kuwait.

• Abandon: Month long program utalizing Dance, Art, and Yoga by Deena Qabazard at Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait.

2014

• Per | Form 40 Days Performance Art Program by Mo Reda at Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait.

• Giving Birth To Images Workshop by Rima Chahrour at Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait.

2013

• Experimental Arabic Typography: Graphics In the environment Workshop by Tarek Atrissi, Nuqat Conference, Kuwait.

Awards

2018

•  Craftschools.us Scholarship for Peters Valley School of Craft 

2017

•  Live Oak Chicago:  2017 Valuing Difference Scholarship

•  Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists' Residency: Steketee Scholarship.

•  School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Second Year International Graduate Students.

•  Laureate winner of the International Women Photographers Award 2017. 

2016

•  Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad International Youth Creativity Award: Third place winner in the photography category. 

2013

•  Gulf University for Science & Technology: Study Abroad Summer Scholarship.

2011

•  Kuwait Oil Company Annual Photography Competition: Supported Photographers Prize.

2010

•  Gulf University for Science & Technology Shutter Photography Competition: Third Place Winner.

2009

•  Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education: Bachelor Degree Scholarship.

 

Work Experience

•  Between Friends Domestic Violence Shelter: Art Therapy Intern, 2018/2019, Chicago, IL, USA

• Yellow Brick: Art Therapy Intern, 2018, Evanston, IL, USA

• Hamdard HealthCare Center Clinic: Art Therapy Intern, 2017, Chicago, USA

• Creatively Empowered Women Design Studio: Art Therapy Intern, 2016-2017, Chicago, USA

• School of the Art Institute of Chicago:

• Early College Program Teaching Assistant: Digital Photo (Two Summer Sessions), 2018
   • Intro to Graphic Design Teaching Assistant, 2017
   •  BFA Capstone Senior Class Teaching Assistant, 2017
   •  Photographer at the Media Production Bureau, 2016-Current

• Raw Design Studio, Kuwait:
   • Junior Graphic Designer, 2016
   • Graphic Design Intern, 2013

• MadStand Entertainment, Kuwait:
   • Visual Communications Director 2015
   • Senior Graphic Designer 2014

• Nuqat: Freelance Graphic Designer & Speaker Affairs Team, 2013-2014, Kuwait