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2015   Masters of Fine Arts, American University, Washington DC

2012   Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2011   Bachelor of Liberal Arts; Studio Arts, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

2009   Associates in Fine Arts, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA 

Professional Experience

Everett Community College, Everett WA

  • Instructor of Studio Arts 

Seattle Central College, Seattle WA

  • Instructor of Art

American University of Kurdistan, Duhok Iraq

  • Assistant Professor of Art and Design 

American University, Washington D.C. Center For Peace Building and Development

  • Research Barzani Graduate Peace Fellow

Sabis International School of Choueifat, Erbil 

  •  English Instructor

Fellowships and Awards

2015   Chautauqua School of Art Studio program , Chautauqua, NY

2014   Helene M. Herzbrun Scholarship, American University, DC 

2013   Mustafa Barzani Graduate Peace Fellowship, American University, DC 

2013   Babs Van Swearingen Award, American University, DC

2012   School of Art Institute Chicago Incentive Scholarship Chicago, IL

2010   Joyce Rogers Kitchell Memorial Society of Illustrators Scholarship, New York, NY 


Selected Group Exhibitions

2023  "Conversations", Edmonds College Art Gallery, Lynnwood Hall, Jan. 2-March 20, Seattle, WA

2022  "Reconnection” M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery, Nov. 8, 2022 – Dec, 8, 2022, Seattle, WA

          “The Wild: Reconnecting with Our Natural World”, Chautauqua Institution Gallery, February 1 - April 30, 2022, Chautauqua, NY

2021  “Home Away From Home”, Curated by Shirene Soleiman, Julian Peña Gallery Seattle, WA

2017  "The New Normal" The Hangar- Umam & Dawawine, Beirut-Lebanon from March 10th/May 5th in Istanbul-Turkey, 

                Curated by artists Murat Adash and Hiba Farhat 

2016  "Under Pressure: Printmaking today" Hyde Art Gallery at Grossmont College,

                Curated by Jennifer Anne Bennett, El Cajon, CA

          “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Artist Books” (Two-Person Exhibition)

                George Mason University's School of Art Fine Art Gallery, January 20-March 5, Fairfax, VA

2015  E Pluribus Unum Exhibition at Vilnius Academy of Arts Vilnius, Lithuania.

                Curated by Jack Rasmussen Director of Art Gallery and Curator Katzen Gallery, D.C.

          Annual Student Exhibition, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua Institution, NY

          Blueprint, Katzen Art Museum, Curated by Don Kimes. Washington, D.C.

          Micro Machines, Katzen Arts Center, Curated by Jenny Wu. Washington, D.C.

2014  Champion Divers, Katzen Museum, Curated by Luis Silva. Washington, D.C. 

2012  Post-Baccalaureate Studio Exhibition, SAIC Sullivan Galleries, Chicago IL

2011  Fresh Faces, (two person) Mosaic Gallery Curated by Angela Sahyoun. San Diego, CA

          Japan Relief Exhibition San Diego State University Gallery, San Diego, CA

          Box Store, Flor Y Canto Gallery, Curated by Gail Roberts. San Diego, CA

          SDSU Student Award Exhibition, Fl. or Y Canto Gallery, San Diego, CA

          The Bomb Factory, Suture Gallery, Curated by Janet Cooling San Diego, CA

2010  View Point Everett G. Jackson Gallery, San Diego, CA

          Art Fresaca, Suture Gallery Curated by Angela Sahyoun. San Diego, CA

          The Menu, Local Artists, Pacific Beach Curated by Angela Sahyoun. San Diego, CA

          Better Surfaces, Flor Y Canto Gallery, San Diego, CA


Selected Bibliography


Public and Private Collections

  • Dr. Walter E. Massey, President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Ruth Margraff, Professor in the Writing Program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL 

  • Amber Da, Administrative Director in the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

  • Office of Educational Opportunity Conference room at SDSU, San Diego, CA

  • San Diego State University Library 2nd floor, San Diego, CA  

  • San Diego State University Health Center, San Diego, CA 

  • Zafer Ulukaya, General Manager of Euphrates, New York, NY

  • Emrah Usar, Brooklyn New York, NY

  • Emmual Benten, PWC and Co. Washington, DC

  • Dr. Kamal, Los Angeles, CA 

  • Mr. Musashi, San Diego State University, CA

  • Jamal Backteare, Owner of the El Cajon Middle Eastern Restaurant, CA 

  • Pearl Lopez EOPS Counselor at Grossmont College El Cajon, CA

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