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Helen Zughaib, B. 1959
Lebanon

"My work is ultimately about creating empathy. Creating a shared space for introspection and dialogue. I ask the viewer to see through someone else’s eyes, to walk in another’s shoes. To accept the “other.” To reject divisiveness. To promote acceptance and understanding and to reject violence and subjugation of anyone anywhere. To give voice to the voiceless, to heal, to reflect in our shared humanity."

Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living in the Middle East and Europe before moving to America to study art at Syracuse University. Helen currently lives in Washington, DC. As an Arab American, Helen feels that her background allows her to approach experiences as an observer of both Arab and American cultures. She paints primarily in gouache, ink on board, and canvas.

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, the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, Michigan, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Her paintings are included in the DC Art Bank Collection and she has received the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship award in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Her work has been included in Art in Embassy State Department exhibitions abroad, including Brunei, Nicaragua, Mauritius, Iraq, Belgium, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Helen has served as Cultural Envoy to Palestine, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. Her paintings have been gifted to heads of state by President Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

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Credentials

Permanent collection of World Bank and Library of Congress
Former heads of state permanent collections
Over 45 international solo exhibitions

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Artist Statement

“As an Arab American, I hope through my work, to encourage dialogue and bring understanding and acceptance between the people of the Arab world and the West, especially since 9/11, our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the more recent revolutions and crises in the Arab world, resulting from the “Arab Spring” that began in late 2010, leading to the current war in Syria and the massive displacement of people seeking refuge in Europe, the Middle East and America.”


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Education

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
College of Visual and performing Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1981
Northeast London Polytechnic School of Art, London, England


Solo Exhibitions

2016 York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA, USA
2015 Mamia Bretesche Gallery, Paris, France
2015 Woman’s National Democratic Club, Washington, DC, USA
2015 University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD, USA
2015 Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI, USA
2014 Gallery Al-Quds, Palestine Center, Washington, DC, USA
2014 Sharjah Expo Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
2014 University of Maryland, Baltimore , Baltimore, MD, USA
2013 Syra Arts Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2013 Protea Gallery, San Diego, CA, USA
2012 Covington and Burling, Washington, DC, USA
2012 Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, USA
2012 Stimson Center, Washington, DC, USA
2012 Gallery Al Quds, Palestine Center,Washington, DC, USA
2010 Agial Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2008 International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2007 Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, USA
2007 ART Station Gallery, Stone Mountain, GA, USA
2006 Watergate Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2006 Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA
2005 Dadian Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2005 Hugo House Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA
2005 International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2004 Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD, USA
2004 Palestine Center, Gallery Al Quds, Washington, DC, USA
2004 Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC, USA
2003 Watergate Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2002 EuropArt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2002 International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2001 Covington and Burling, Washington, DC, USA
2001 Atrium Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2001 Greenberg House, Washington, DC, USA
2001 Embassy of Lebanon, Washington, DC, USA
2000 National Republican Convention, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2000 Palestine Center, Gallery Al Quds, Washington, DC, USA
1999 International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
1998 Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC, USA
1997 Russell Rotunda, United States Capitol, Washington, DC, USA
1997 Artifice Gallery, Syracuse, NY, USA
1995 Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC, USA
1993 Artifice Gallery, Syracuse, NY, USA
1990 Alif Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
1988 National Institute of Health, Washington, DC, USA
1987 Omni Shoreham, Washington, DC, USA
1987 Levine school of Music, Washington, DC, USA
1987 Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC, USA


National and International Juried Exhibitions

2016 Museum at Tamastslikit Cultural Institute, Pendleton, OR
2016 St. John’s Cathedral, Spokane, WA, USA
2016 Gallery Al Quds, Washington, DC, USA
2016 Smith Center for the Arts, Washington, DC, USA
2016 University of District of Columbia, Washington, DC, USA
2016 Dadian Gallery, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, USA
2016 Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI, USA
2016 Trinity Church Wall Street, New York, USA
2016 Watergate Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2015 Eye Street Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2015 Cathedrale Saint-Etienne, Metz, France
2015 Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, USA
2015 Smith Center for the Arts, Washington, DC, USA
2015 LumineArte Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA
2015 York College Galleries, York, PA, USA
2015 Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Montgomery College, Montgomery, MD, USA
2015 Dadian Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2015 P21 Gallery, London, UK
2015 The Bridge, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK
2015 Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
2015 The Bridge, Westtown Hub Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2015 The Bridge, Saint Germaine de Pres Cathedral, Paris, France
2015 WPA Select, Artisphere, Arlington, VA, USA
2014 Salem College, Winston Salem, NC, USA
2014 LuminArte Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA
2014 CARAVAN, Cathedral Saint John the Divine, New York, NY, USA


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