Samia A HalabyPersonal Info

Years in active : From 1963 To Present
Country of resident : Palestine
City : Nablus
Gender : Female
Date of birth : 12/12/1936


Born in Jerusalem on 12 Dec. 1936; during the 1948 Nakba, her family was displaced to Beirut, from where the family emigrated to the USA. Graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, with a BSc in Design (1959), from Michigan State University with an MA in Painting (1960) and from Indiana University with an MA in Fine Arts in Painting (1963)

Achievements and Awards

She taught in American universities for 18 years, incl. Indiana University, University of Hawaii, Kansas City Art Institute, University of Michigan, Yale University School of Art, University of South Florida, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York.

Has also lectured as visiting artist at many schools; her painting style is based on abstraction and its relationship to nature and reality. added electronic media to her art work in the 1980s. was visiting artist at Birzeit University in 1997. helped the PA Ministry of Culture in the area of teaching arts, incl. teaching courses and conducting workshops at the Universities of Birzeit and An-Najah, Nablus, as well as at cultural centers such as the Wasiti Center in the late 1990s; conducted a creativity project for Palestinian art students in June 2003 at the International Center in Bethlehem has exhibited her work internationally and in numerous museums, incl.

Guggenheim Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and l’Institut du Monde Arabe. PUBLISHED PAPERS Nature, Reality and Abstract Picturing, Leonardo, Volume 20, Issue 3, 1987 Pictures in Computer Medium, Proceedings of the 9th SCAN (Small Computers in the Arts) Conference, 1989, pgs 100 to 105. Technology, Abstraction, and Kinetic Painting, FISEA (Fourth International Symposium of Electronic Arts) Papers, November 1993, pgs 57-66.

The Subject of Palestine, DePaul University Museum catalog, February 24-May 6, 2005.

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