Najjar Abdul-Musawwir is an internationally acknowledged artist who has exhibited in the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. He currently works as a Professor of studio arts and art history in the School of Art and Design and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has been the host to WSIU PBS TV show, Expressions.
Abdul-Musawwir has received distinguish acknowledgments, and among them are: the Self-Residency at Smithsonian Museum of African Art Warren M. Robbins Library, Washington, DC; Artist-n-Residency/exhibit at N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI; invitational Artist-n-Residency/exhibit at Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery, Penang Island, Malaysia; 2-5-Oh! Surprise, Sadness and Struggle in the Mound City at Salon 53 Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Visions of Our 44th President at Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit, MI; Underrepresented Minorities Art Exhibition at the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Washington University, St. Louis, MO; invitational solo exhibition for Fine Art Gallery at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey; Judge William Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship; Black Creativity Exhibition at Illinois Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL; TELLING TALES: Narrative Threads of Contemporary African American Art at Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL; and Panafest Art Exhibition at Cultural Art Center, Cape Coast, Ghana.
When seeking out great exhibitions to experience in the United States, we know this is a very large territory to cover. Even though this is true, we are aware of the Smithsonian Museums in Wasington, DC. I have been involved in some research for close to two months by way of the African Art Museum's Warren M. Robbins Library, and as a result, I've have been able to connect with the Smithsonian Library system. Thanks to the Head Librarian Janet Stanley at the Warren M. Robbins, I am having a…Continue
The past week here in Washington D.C. has proven to be rewarding in research source, and teaching development. The research source was the Islamic Heritage Museum with Director Amir Muhammad, and teaching development was a lecture by Ruth Fine, a conversation with David Driskell, and members Howard University faculty at National Gallery of Art.…Continue
Yesterday was the beginning of my creative research, and research for my African American art history course development at the Smithsonian. I met with representatives to discussed several sources to follow upon. I had the opportunity to view an impressive exhibition…