Qais Assali

Qais Assali is an artist, designer and educator based in Chicago and Houston and raised in Palestine and the UAE. His interdisciplinary art practice engages with issues of time and memory, collective trauma, and diaspora related to current events and his own identity.  Assali received a BFA in Contemporary Visual Art from the International Academy of Art Palestine (2017) before continuing on to receive two master’s degrees, a MFA from Bard College, NY and a MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2018).  He has lectured internationally, and was recently the Visiting Assistant Professor for the Critical Race Studies Residency Program at Michigan State University (2018-19). He is currently a Fellow and Artist-in-Residence for the Core Residency Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions internationally at institutions including the Chicago Cultural Center; Rashid Diab Arts Centre, Khartoum; SculptureCenter, New York, Jeune Création, Paris; and Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo.


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