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Current Exhibits

Each year, the Peeler Art Center gallery program presents a wide range of exhibitions and related programming. From traveling exhibitions of national and international significance to shows featuring the work of current students, faculty, and alumni, the gallery program strives to offer a dynamic schedule of interdisciplinary visual experiences.

2020 Faculty Exhibit

Faculty Exhibition
March 5 – July 29, 2020
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

Every so often, we gather our studio faculty together for a joint exhibition showcasing their most recent works in their respective disciplines. Join us this spring as we celebrate current studio faculty and their ongoing work and research.

Mediterranean Fire exhibit
Sinan Hussein (Iraq) 
Just a Concert
2018, acrylic on canvas

Mediterranean Fire, Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me) 
February 3 – June 9, 2020
Peeler Art Center, Lower Art Gallery

Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me) is a culmination of curator Biba Sheikh’s collaborations with Mediterranean refugees, thirteen Arab-world artists have created a body of work that weaves her poetic texts, shared immigrant experiences, and their own testimonies into visual works of art. Collectively, they illuminate stories of indignation, systemic discouragement, human trafficking, gender biases, exodus, and survival of life as human flotsam in an ever changing, turbulent political ocean. Together with Sheikh, the artists are discussing Refugees, America, and Cultural Hybrid Theories.

The artists of Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me) communicate through a variety of media delivering messages rich in thematic subjects. One theme that dominates the refugee experience, that of landscape arrives on canvas where architecture, political apparatuses and history are dismantled with the destructive revelry of a toddler. The theme of landscape is revisted by several participants with such concerns as the constant metamorphosis of social structure, moving boundaries between capitalism and culture, war, and the facets of the human psyche.

Sheikh spent years conducting ‘creative interventions’ with Syrian refugee youth detained on the Greek island of Mykonos and in Athens, and Beirut. Certain of the healing property of story telling, Sheikh has employed Hakawati (a traditional storytelling platform that engages the community in problem solving), dance, art, and sound to assist the youth in finding their own voice of liberation. The resulting script of Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me) is a theatrical fusion of personal reflection melded with Arab flamenco rhythms and sound poetry which will be used in continuing workshops with youth refugees.

The artists of this exhibition, many of whom are current residents of occupied territories and refugee camps, include: Hani Alqam (Jordan), Thameur Mejri (Tunisia), Sinan Hussein (Iraq), Taghlib Oweis (Jordan), Wael Darweish (Egypt), Ahmed Nagy (Egypt), Klaudja Sulaj (Albania), Lucas Paleocrassas (Greece), Manal Kortam (Lebanon), Abbas Yousif (Bahrain), Basel Uraiqat (Jordan), Mohammed Al Hawajri (Palestine), Haitham Khatib (Syria), May Murad (Palestine), Hassan Meer (Oman). All have been given a voice through this Detroit based endeavor. in Mitli Mitlak (Like You, Like Me), we have witness to how their situations reverberate with refugees world-wide.

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Image credits from top left to bottom right: Dennis Revitzky, Tattooed Artist, 2009; Linda Adato, Under the Overpass, 2007; Mary Teichman, Trainspotting, 2015; Michael Di Cerbo, The Granite Island, 2015; all images available through the Syracuse University Art Collection

Society of American Graphic Artists, Print Exhibition
February 3 – June 10, 2020
Peeler Art Center, Upper Art Gallery

The Society of American Graphic Artists was founded in 1915 and called the Brooklyn Society of Etchers. It was started by printmakers with the goal of educating the public about printmaking as an art form. Some of the founding members were Ernest Roth, John Taylor Arms, Childe Hassam, and John Marin. The Council and members of SAGA continue the founding members’ mission through national exhibitions and print symposiums. SAGA today reflects the growth and changes taking place in printmaking.

This exhibition displays the prints of sixty-six SAGA members with a variety of statements and techniques that reflect their individual approaches to printmaking. All the prints in this exhibition were created in the twenty-first century and include traditional and contemporary approaches to printmaking. In their prints, our members continue to show a wide variety of imagery, mediums and mastery of techniques, demonstrating the highest standards of excellence. Our members continue to push the medium and contribute to the growth of printmaking.