At age 16, Saudi-Arabian artist Hend Al-Mansour joined Medical School in Cairo University, Egypt. Although, she has been making art all her life, she chose to pursue a career as a doctor, which allowed personal freedom and social status that have not been accessible otherwise in Arabia. After years of practicing medicine, she seized an opportunity to come to the United States in 1997. Living as an independent woman in America she no longer needed the conditions that medical career offered. Realizing that art was the one thing that deeply fulfilled her soul she decided to shift career from medicine to art.
In 2002 she obtained a Master of Fine Art from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has participated in local and national art shows, given speeches about Arab art and her personal journey, and curated exhibitions featuring Middle Eastern artists. In her quest to discover the nature of Arab art and how she relates to it, she has joined an Art history Master program at St. Thomas University. In this program she has been examining art from a different perspective and trying to trace the invisible path of Arab artistic production in the pre-Islamic era.
Al-Mansour’s work makes references to the identity and gender politics in Arab society and in Islamic teaching. Her style pays homage to Arabic and Islamic art forms.
She is currently the chair of the Arab American Cultural Institute in Minnesota where she works to promote the understanding and expression of Arab culture in the West.
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Mona Hassan is an artist who has her own method of painting migrating between impressionism, expressionism and surrealism, and often combining different schools in one painting. However, Expressionism is her main passion as can be seen in many of her paintings. Mona moves easily from pastel to oil pastel, watercolor to oil, gouache to ink. Pastel is the medium that truly exemplifies Mona’s talent in producing her unique colors and shapes. Mona's emphases on design and composition using a full spectrum of color in all her artwork have become her trademark. Mona has exhibited Nationally Throughout Egypt, and internationally in Spain, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Germany,England, United states and Saudi Arabia.
Joanne is fascinated by the extra-ordinariness of people’s daily life and hyper-aware of the connection we have to emotive images and words. She is a multi-media artist who is committed to community collaboration. Genuinely curious about both the private world of people and public spaces, it is in this interaction that her photography and video work, becomes its own individual world. Working in community consultation for over 15 years, she has been able to blend her experience with passion for visual language. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Art Education from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Recent works include multi media solo show “I Want to Know What Love Is”, Outdoor video mapping project HIGHRISE: An intimate portrait of a vertical neighbourhood and public art commissions for Blacktown, Bankstown and Canada Bay City Councils.
Kay moved to the US with her family when she was 7 years old. She received her BS from Oklahoma State University in Sociology and Art History, with a specialty in African art and did her college internship in Walt Disney World. Kay moved to Seattle in 1992 and started volunteering at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), where she has been a Docent since 1996. In 2001, Kay received her Masters from the University of Washington from the Jackson School of International Studies, with an interest in Middle East studies and also obtained a Museumology certificate from the Burke Museum. She also founded Arab Artists Resources & Training, an international non-profit that lists over 500 Arab artists and organizations worldwide, in June of 2001. Kay was an Arts Commissioner for the City of Redmond for 6 years and has also served on the Salaam Cultural Museum board and African Council at SAM. Kay was Board Director of the Arab Center of Washington from 2005 to 2007 and worked extensively on the 2005 Arab Festival as Grant Writer and a member of the Steering Committee. She was Producer of the 2007 Arab Festival. In 2008, she started her company A Crafty Arab, which sells Arab arts and crafts primarily on www.zibbet.com/acraftyarab, along with local festivals and fairs.