Exhibit Tour & Artist Discussion ft. Helen Zughaib

Join Director of Exhibitions Lauren Nye for a tour of the exhibition Deep Roots: Ornamentation and Identity and a discussion with featured artist Helen Zughaib. The tour will focus on the use of symbolism and tradition in crafting contemporary identity. We will highlight Zughaib’s exquisitely patterned paintings and installations and conclude the tour with a seated question and answer session, with time dedicated to discussion between the artist and attendees.  

A reception with light refreshments will precede the tour and artist discussion.  

This event is free with standard Museum admission, but RSVP is required. Please reserve your ticket below. 


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The artist will also lead a workshop in the Education Center on Saturday, January 14 at 1:30 pm. In this workshop, participants will explore storytelling, personal symbolism, and ornamentation using paint on an unlikely canvas- shoes! Using shoes as a metaphor for where we come from and where we can go, Zughaib will lead participants through crafting their own visual stories and painting them onto shoes. RSVP here.  


Event Details

Date: Friday, January 13, 2023


5:00 pm Reception
6:00 pm Gallery Tour and Artist Discussion

Artist Biography: 

Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She resided in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art at Syracuse University, earning her BFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Zughaib currently lives and works in Washington, DC. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General in Vancouver, American Embassy in Baghdad, the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. 

Visit the artist’s website here.