The Syrian Experience As Art

Exhibiton organized by Castleton University, Rutland, Vermont, USA

Fine Arts Center, Castleton University
45 Alumni Drive, Castleton, Vermont, USA
August 29 – October 14, 2016

104 Merchants Row, Downtown Rutland, Vermont, USA
September, 2016 – January, 2017

“The Syrian Experience As Art” is an exhibition representing the work of twelve Syrian artists who seek to express their individual and varied responses to the devastation of their country. This is an expanded exhibition, showing in two of Castleton University gallery spaces.

One of the artists, Khaled Youssef, will be joining the exhibition via Skype to discuss his work and facility a Q&A session.

The exhibition will be accompanied by two essays by Khaled Youssef:
– “Syrian Women Artists: The Artistic Revolution of Roses”
– “Syrian Contemporary Art: A 70-Year Evolution”

Featuring work from twelve Syrian artists:

Photography: Issa Touma, Khaled Youssef, Dani Hasrouni / Digital Arts: Julie Nakazi, Khaled Akil, Bassam Alemam, Omar Shammah, Tania Al Kayyali, Amr Fahd, Ayham Jabr, Humam Alsalim & Rami Bakhos

– William T. Ramage, Castleton University,
– Khaled Youssef, SYRIA.ART – Association pour la Promotion de l’Art Contemporain Syrien,

Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration and Freedom

Exhibition (for humanitarian purposes) – West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Vermont, USA

Exhibition April 2, 2016 – June 26, 2016

100% of the commission from Syrian artworks and some other sales will be paid for the benefit of:
International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria and Yalla! Pour les Enfants

Gallery artists, local students, and notable Syrian artists interpret the concept of flight in this juried exhibition. This can be as simple as birds as the subject matter or an abstract painter’s expressionist representation of joyous movement, of airborne thought. Flight could also be concerned with the migration of hundreds of thousands of the Syrian people to freedom. There is no one interpretation.

West Branch has partnered with Khaled Youssef, a Syrian doctor, photographer, and co-founder of the not-for-profit, politically unaffiliated organizations Creative Havens: Syrian Artists and Their Studios‘ and ‘Syria Art – Syrian Artists‘, to make the upcoming exhibition, Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration, and Freedoma reality.

His enthusiasm, sincerity, and personal connections to the Syrian art community, spread across international borders, have helped us to bring incredible works of emotionally powerful and socially conscious art to our small Vermont town. Here, Khaled speaks to us about the crucial role art plays in how we attempt to understand and relate to the triumphs and tragedies of human experience.

6 artists from the Syrian art scene are represented:

Painting: Lukman Ahmad, Rashwan Abdelbaki / Photography: Khaled Youssef, Khaled Akil / Digital Art: Tammam Azzam / Video Art: Manhal Issa

– Patricia Trafton, Gallery Manager, west branch gallery & sculpture park,
– Khaled Youssef, Président SYRIA.ART – Association pour la Promotion de l’Art Contemporain Syrien,