Syrian art exhibit hosted


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Work done by one of the refugee artists living in the Zaa’tari Refugee Camp.

Natalie Neal, IV Leader Staff

Illinois Valley Community College is hosting an art exhibit by Syrian Refugee Artisan titled, Stamps of Hope, through April14 in room CTC 124. The exhibit is open to the public each day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a self-guided tour.

On March 27, Rihab Sawah presented in the Dr. Mary Margaret Weeg Cultural Centre on the war, the artists and their art. Sawah, assistant professor at Lincoln Land Community College, has been bringing the artwork back to the United States from Jordan. She said the paintings and drawings capture the hopes and dreams of those displaced
by the Syrian war that began in 2011. Some of the artists used pieces of canvas cut from tent fabric for their work, while others used materials, such as newspapers and cardboard. Eventually, the United Nations Commission and International Relief and Development Organization noticed the art and began to provide professional art materials.

The exhibit and presentation are free and open to the public. All art is for sale with prices ranging from $25 to $250. All proceeds go directly to the artists. The ongoing traveling exhibits is sponsored by the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education. Contact Amanda Cook Fesperman, IVCC international education coordinator and political science instructor, at 815-224-0203 for more information or to purchase art.