" Najjar Abdul-Musawwir is an internationally acclaimed artist who has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. He is a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. When he is not creating impressive works of art, or teaching college students; he can be found working with “dis-engaged youth” and their families helping them to discover their creative voices.
Najjar’s work for the community is two-fold. It is an important aspect of his faith as a Muslim but also because it allows him to foster in others, what has helped him survive, and surpass “assumed” limitations in his own life. To any and all who will listen, Najjar will say- “art saved my life.” He was a robust artist throughout his childhood, but laid his talents to the wayside in his late teens; he reconnected with his childhood affection in his twenties when he made the decision to pursue an undergraduate, and later a Master of Arts degree in Fine Arts at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Artistically Najjar’s style has been described as abstract and abstract expressionism. His unique eye and canvas manifestations awarded him a coveted artist-in-residence with the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Arts in Detroit, Michigan in fall of 2009, and at the Museum and Gallery Tuanku Fauziah at University Science Malaysia in Summer of 2011.
Najjar’s academic distinctions include the Rickert Ziebold Trust Award (1992),invited by the MacAuthur Foundation as a member of Illinois artist’s advisement team (1995), and the distinguished Judge William Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship (2009)." -- Sol Cyrans
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…