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SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Carter Burden Gallery, "On the Wall", New York, NY
2017 Artscoops.com, "Featured Artist Online Exhibition"
2010 Art Circle Gallery, "Aesthetics: Art & Politics", Beirut, Lebanon
2008 Skoto Gallery, "Darkness Ushers Dawn", New York, NY [Skoto Gallery Link]
2007 Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, "Love, Life and Pain", New York, NY
2004 Blink Gallery, "Personal Landscapes", Andes, NY
2002 Denise Bibro Fine Art, "Strange Fruit", recent paintings, Chelsea, New York, NY
2000 Denise Bibro Fine Art, Recent Paintings, Chelsea, New York, NY
1999 Denise Bibro Fine Art, "Beyond the Brush", Chelsea, New York, NY
1998 Farleigh Dickinson University, Paintings, Hackensack, NJ
1997 Denise Bibro Fine Art, Recent Paintings & Pastels, Chelsea, New York, NY
1995 Denise Bibro Fine Art, WORKS IN PROCESS, SoHo, New York, NY
1994 Denise Bibro Fine Art, "Landscapes: Where My Soul Roams", SoHo, New York, NY
1993 Kenkelaba Gallery, Four Artists-solo shows, New York, NY
1982 22 Wooster Gallery, "New York, NY 1981" , 22 Wooster Gallery, New York, NY
1981 22 Wooster Gallery, New York, NY
 
MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
2005 "In / Visible - Contemporary Art by Arab American Artists"
Opening of The Arab American National Museum and Cultural Center
Dearborn, Michigan (featured work: "Palestine Fence")
1994 Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, "American Abstraction: A new Decade", Loretto, PA
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 "Carter Burden Group Show" -Carter Burden Gallery, New York, NY
2015 "Figuring Abstraction" - Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
2013 "The Emo Show" - The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY (view work)
2012 Berlin Biennale - ArtWiki: Digital venue of the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
  "25 Years Anniversary Show Part 2", Curated by: Kazuko Miyamoto
Gallery onetwentyeight, 128 Rivington Street, New York, NY
  Skoto Gallery, Exhibition of Drawings, New York, NY
2011 Curate NYC - "Towering"
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director, Queens Council on the Arts
  Skoto Gallery, Summer Show, New York, NY
2010 "New York Chronicles"
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar VCUQ Gallery Doha, Qatar
2008/09   "ART in Embassies Exhibition" [US Embassy], Kuwait City, Kuwait. Catalogue
2009 Skoto Gallery, group exhibition, New York, NY
  "Small Works; 30 seconds" Washington Square Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Blink Gallery, Andes, NY, 3 person show
2006 "3 Arab Painters in New York: Samia Halaby, Sumayyah Samaha, Athir Shayota"
Curated by Maymanah Farhat, The Bridge Gallery, New York, NY
  Blink Gallery, Andes, NY, 3 person show
2005 "Real Compared to What; Artistic Expression as a wrench in the system -- not a cog in the wheel."
Gallery onetwentyeight, 128 Rivington Street, New York, NY
  "Pieces 6", Gallery onetwentyeight, 128 Rivington Street, New York, NY
2004 "Y W" [Why War, Why Dubya?]
Viridian Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
2003 "New York Collection 2002", Albert Knox Museum Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  WAR ART, Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY
  DEFIANCE, Udi Aloni Project Room 529 West 20th New York, NY
2002 Albert Knox Museum Gallery, "New York Collection 2002", Buffalo, NY
2001 Gallery onetwentyeight, Ceramic and Oils, 3 person show, 128 Rivington Street, New York, NY
2000 Williamsburgh Art and Historical Center, Local papers, Brooklyn, NY
A.I.R. Gallery, Generations II: survey of women artists at the Millennium, New York, NY
Gallery onetwentyeight, invitational exhibition, 128 Rivington Street, New York, NY
1999 International Exhibitions, Art In Embassies, American Embassy, Beirut, Lebanon
Albright Knox Museum Gallery, New York Abstractions, Buffalo, NY
Denise Bibro Fine Art, Group Invitational, New York, NY
1995 Gallery onetwentyeight, Group Exhibition, 128 Rivington Street, New York, NY
1992 Denise Bibro Fine Art, Abstraction I, SoHo, New York, NY
SoHo Art Space, Juxtapositions, Four Artists, Curated by Virginia Cuppaidge, New York, NY
Marine Midland Bank, Spare Parts, Collages from the 19 Painters and Printmakers, Curated by Peggy Hadden, New York, NY
1991 Platform Gallery, "Three Painters", Beirut, Lebanon
1990 Triplex Gallery, Shapeshifters, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY
International Monetary Fund, Two Person Exhibition, Washington, D.C.
1989 The Studio American Collection, Traveling Exhibition, Poland
Cityscapes, Window Installation, 480 Broome Street, New York, NY, Funded by Con Edison and New York Community for Artists
1988 Kufa Gallery, Contemporary Lebanese Artists, London, England. Catalogue.
1986 Contemporary Arab Art in the US, sponsored by the US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY. Catalogue
Galerie Pablo Picasso, Chenal Group, Denain, France. Catalogue.
1985 22 Wooster Gallery, Two Person Exhibition, New York, NY
Northside Arts Industries, Artists at Northside, Brooklyn, NY
Espace Vendome, Chenal Group, Paris, France. Catalogue.
Peri-Renneth Gallery, Two Person Exhibition, Westhampton Beach, NY
 
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
 

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, New York, NY

Chemical Bank, New York, NY

American Collection, Centrum Sztuki, Warsaw, Poland

Prudential Insurance

Pfizer Pharmaceutical, New York, NY

Bank Audi, Beirut, Lebanon

Kenkelaba House, New York, NY

 
PUBLICATIONS
  At the Edge of the City: Reinhabiting Public Space Toward the Recovery of Beirut's Horsh Al-Sanawbar
Fadi Shayya (Editor), George Arbid (Foreword), Danny Khoury (Designer) - First edition in 2010, Published by DISCURSIVE FORMATIONS
Beirut’s park and public space, an effort towards understanding contextual meanings and practices of public life and public space in the Mediterranean context of Beirut."Pine trees don't make pine nuts"


Oweis, Fayeq; Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists ; Greenwood Press, Westport,CT 2008

Khal, Helen; The Women Artists in Lebanon; Prepared for the Institute of Women's Studies in the Arab World

"A Gathering of the Tribes" Volume 4, No. 1, 1995 Black & White Photo, page 21

"IBM Nachrichten 45" , HEFT 323, 1995, color photos of ceramic/mixed media work, page 54-55, 57-58, 61
 
REVIEWS
 

"Beyond Good & Evil" - NOW Lebanon, Hannah Jewel, June 11, 2010
al Akhbar newspaper, Z. Ghanem, June 18, 2010

"Fait la guerre à la guerre" - Femme Magazine, Frida Debanné, June 2010

"L'art engagé (et enragé)" - L'Orient le Jour - Maya Ghandoor Hert, June 5, 2010

"Three Arab Painters in New York" - Palestine Chronicle, Remi Kanazi 2006

"In/Visible" - Nafas Art Magazine, 2005

"In/Visible" Bidoun; Art and Culture from the Middle East, Kate McClellan, Fall 2005
“Sumayyah Samaha Explores Issues of War and Occupation”, Maymanah Farhat, ArteEast, June 5, 2005
"Le Fruit Défendus", L'Orient Le Jour, Sylviane Zehil, October 2, 2002, Beirut, Lebanon
"Sumayyah Samaha: The Form of Passion", catalog essay by Garrit Henry, for 1997 Exhibition, New York, NY
"Fecondité d'Invention pour un Trio Seducteur", L'Oreint Le Jour, May Makarem, August 2, 1991, Beirut, Lebanon
"Sumayyahs Samaha", Sayyidati, (Elle Magazine, Arabic Edition), Thérèse Basbous, Spring 1992, Paris, France
"Samaha, Rameh, Demeulnaere", Al Nahar, August 9, 1991, Beirut, Lebanon
ArtSpeak, November, 1982, New York, NY
AARG (Association of Artist Run Galleries), December, 1982, New York, NY
ArtSpeak, February, 1981, New York, NY

 
AWARDS & GRANTS
  Pollock Krasner Individual Grant, 2016
  Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, 2015
  Emily Harvey Foundation Residency Venice, Italy, 2010
  Finalist: Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation's Individual Support program, 2008
 
EDUCATION
  B.A. American University of Beirut
  M.A. University of Pittsburgh, 1965
 
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION AND EXPERIENCE
 

"Turning Writing Into Art"
Panelist, Artists Talk on Art, March 20, 2009

Fourth Annual NAAP National Conference Panel Discussion:
“With Each Stroke: The Role of Art in Activism and Social Change”

The Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP)
November 17, 2007, New York

Co-founded and was an active member of 22 Wooster Gallery, 1978-1988

Panelist: Painting, New York Foundation for the Arts, 1998

INTERNET LINKS
  askart.com
Irving Sandler Artists File- Local Artists
Saatchi Online / artists and collections

Skoto Gallery - Recent Work
Arab American Directory - Wiki
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