As an Arab American, born in Beirut, Helen Zughaib feels that her background in the Middle East allows her to approach the experiences she has in America in a unique way, remaining an observer of both the Arab and American cultures. She believes that the arts are one of the most important ways to help shape and foster dialogue and positive ideas about the Middle East.
Helen works are primarily in gouache, an opaque watercolor, and ink on board. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General, Vancouver, Canada, American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, Michigan.
In 2008, Helen was invited as US Cultural Envoy through the State Department, to Palestine, where she led a workshop with Palestinian women artists In Ramallah. In 2009, she was sent to Switzerland under the State Department’s Speaker and Specialist Program. Her paintings have been gifted to heads of state by President Obama and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Zughaib celebrated a one person exhibition at the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, April 2015
Navigation Press is honored to host Helen Zughaib as part of the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC” 2016 project, hosted by George Mason School of Art, Fenwick and Provisions Library, in partnership with other distinguished partners. Helen Zughaib initiates the project by telling us about her wonderful images that reveal her humanistic concerns and that record daily life in Lebanon and Syria.
Helen gave a talk entitled "The Arab Spring and Stories My Father Told Me" on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. as part of The School of Art’s Visual Voices Professional Lecture Series at the Harris Theater.
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