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Najjar Abdul-Musawwir 

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 of the WSIU PBS TV show Expressions. Abdul-Musawwir has received distinguish acknowledgments, including the following: invitational solo exhibition Reconstructed/Reconceptualized at Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum; Black Art in America talks: artists panel at BAIA Houston Fine Art Show; self-residency at Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Warren M. Robbins Library, Washington, DC; artist-in-residency/exhibit at N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI; invitational artist-in-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; 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.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. My faith
  2. Giving charity
  3. Sharing knowledge
  4. Being creative
  5. Respect for others and self
  6. Beginning the day with purpose
  7. Striving for peace
  8. Global artworks
  9. Traveling
  10. A cup of ginger lemon tea with an art magazine

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