b. 1987, San Diego, California
Lives and works in Los Angeles
2016 MFA, Claremont Graduate University
2011 BA, University of California Berkeley
2010 Undergrad thesis, American University of Beirut
“Havana Intoxication,” Elevator Mondays, Los Angeles, CA. One of four performances in the Lunar Performance series. Curated by Don Edler.
“Set the Table,” BBQLA, Los Angeles, CA. Performance as part of a group show curated by Thomas Linder.
“Irrational Exhibitions 10, Mapping the Divide,” Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. Durational performance of Sincerely, America. Curated by Deborah Oliver.
“Ivanka Loves Refugees,” PØST, Los Angeles, CA. Performance and solo show.
Far Bazaar 2017, Cerritos College, Los Angeles, CA. Performance of Blue Lips as part of the CGU group “Bolt from the Blue.”
“Group-a-Therapists,” Maiden LA, Los Angeles, CA. Performance of Refugee Notes. Curated by Michael Haight.
Performance Art Festival 2016, SPACE gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Curated by Bunker Projects.
“Irrational Exhibitions 9,” Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. Performance of Jam Lick in show curated by Deborah Oliver.
“SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition,” Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA.
“WITH/IN,” Kallick Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA. Performance of Stick Piece. Curated by Lekha Jandhyala.
“Brown Eyed Girl,” East Gallery of Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. MFA Thesis Show.
“The Global Mixup,” with exhibitions in Space Debris Art, Istanbul, Turkey and Lumberjack, London, England. Host and participant for the Los Angeles group.
“SOUP,” East Gallery of Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. Performance of SPF 500.
“Somewheres,” Peggy Phelps Gallery of Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California. Curated by David Pagel.
“The Airmail Project” with exhibitions at Space Debris Art, Istanbul, Turkey; Camberwell Post Office, London, England; A Fish in Sea Community, Hamra, Beirut.
“Golden Gate Parlor Show” Silverlake, Los Angeles, California.
“Trilateral 2015-The Continuum” The dA center for the Arts, Pomona, California.
“Three Nice Words,” Peggy Phelps Gallery of Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California.
“The Airmail Project,” Louis Jane Studio, Pasadena, California. A global project co-organized by London-based artist Richard Watkins and myself involving 16 artists in 16 countries collaborating by post.
“Beyond Borders,” The House of Lebanon, Los Angeles, California.
“The Canvas Project,” Pasadena City Hall, California.
“No Vacancy, Artwork to support Syrian Refugees,” Louis Jane Studio, Pasadena, California. A mother-daughter painting show to raise money for the International Rescue Committee’s work with Syrian refugees.
“Coochie Coo,” bG Gallery (Bleicher/Golightly Gallery), Santa Monica, California.
“The Blood Portrait Project,” TRUU Designs Studio, Pasadena, California. Solo exhibition of Blood Portraits.
“Summer Eve,” TRUU Designs Studio, Pasadena, California. Solo exhibition of blood paintings.
“Take it and Run,” Department of Social Affairs, London, England.
“Kamikaze Art Show,” Da Vinci Gallery, Los Angeles Community College, Los Angeles, California.
“777,” The Dome, Beirut, Lebanon. A large-scale performance piece under the organization of Cornelia Kraft.
Senior Thesis Exhibition, The American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.
Honors and Awards
Friedman Grant Recipient, Claremont Graduate University, 2015.
Regent and Chancellor’s Scholarship Recipient, UC Berkeley, 2006.
“Artslant Showcase Winner, Round 5”—for painting Brent of The Blood Portrait Project
“The Prestige Award and Film Festival,”—Silver Award in Experimental Film for Blood Film.
“The Indie Gathering,”—Second Place in Experimental-Micro category for Blood Film.
“Columbia Gorge International Film Festival,”—Best Experimental Short for Blood Film.
“The Indie Fest,”—Award of Excellence for Blood Film.
“Lucerne International Film Festival,”—Award of Merit for Blood Film.
“Sydney Underground Film Festival,”—Award Winner for Blood Film.
Eternal Messages to the Middle East, Moj Mehr-Assa, Artillery Magazine 6/15/17. http://artillerymag.com/eternal-messages-middle-east/
5 Art Shows to See in LA This Week, Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly 3/22/2017. www.laweekly.com/arts/art-shows-to-see-this-week-lara-salmon-a-tribute-to-virginia-dwan-uta-barth-8038253
Interview on Al Arabiya Morning Show, 12/28/2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYF2-0HRHNw
Future TV Network, Lamasat Episode 273. Interview for The Airmail Project filmed in Beirut, Lebanon. http://www.futuretvnetwork.com/video-programs/111
The Airmail Project, Peter Maloy, ArtBlitz LA, 2013. http://artblitzla.com/the-airmail-project/
Pasadena Art show helps Syrian Refugees caught in Crisis, Rachel Young, Pasadena Now 2013. http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/pasadena-art-show-helps-syrian-refugees-caught-in-crisis
Mother-daughter artists raise money for Syrian Refugees, Brenda Ghazzar, Los Angeles Daily News 2013. Web and print. http://www.dailynews.com/arts-and-entertainment/20130830/mother-daughter-artists-raise-money-for-syrian-refugees
Pasadena Mother and Daughter Artists help Syrian Refugees, Staff Reports in Pasadena Now 2013. Web. http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/pasadena-mother-and-daughter-artists-to-exhibit-art-works-for-syrian-refugees
2012 Sydney Underground Film Festival: Award Winners, Mike Everleth, Bad Lit,
The Journal of Underground Film 2012. http://www.badlit.com/?p=24586
Beirut's Brood, Adam Klein, MIT Press Performance Art Journal 97th ser. 33.1(2010): 63-70. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/PAJJ_a_00023
An article written about “777” and its significance in Beirut.
Assistant for Keith Lord, Intro to Drawing, University of La Verne, Fall 2014.
The Art of the Critique, Claremont Graduate University, Spring 2016. Course leader on group critique for my MFA program.
Elevator Mondays: Ascending Convention, Artblitz LA, 7/14/2017. http://artblitzla.com/elevator-mondays-ascending-convention/
Liz Nurenberg: Invitation to Play, Artblitz LA, 5/8/2017. http://artblitzla.com/liz-nurenberg-invitation-to-play/
Seymour Polatin: A Drive to Curate, Artblitz LA, 3/19/2017. http://artblitzla.com/seymour-polatin-a-drive-to-curate/
Jason Rhoades: A Homecoming, Artblitz LA, 3/1/2017. http://artblitzla.com/jason-rhoades-a-homecoming/
Angkrit Ajchariyasophon: Art in the Time of Politics, Artblitz LA, 2/6/2017. http://artblitzla.com/angkrit-ajchariyasophon-art-in-the-time-of-politics/
Behind the Tongs: the Guys of BBQLA, Artblitz LA, 12/8/2016. http://artblitzla.com/behind-the-tongs-the-guys-of-bbqla/
In the Dungeon of Kim Ye, Artblitz LA, 10/20/2016. http://artblitzla.com/in-the-dungeon-of-kim-ye/
Robert Mapplethorpe, Public Exhibitions in Los Angeles, Artblitz LA, 7/17/2016. http://artblitzla.com/robert-mapplethorpe-public-exhibitions-in-los-angeles/
Comments on Art Institutions and Practices, Edited by Leanne Elizabeth Simaan, VISIT Curatorial Art Magazine, Issue #3, Oct 2016. http://visitmagazine.org/index.php/issue-3/comments-on-art-institutions-and-practices/