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The College of Visual Arts and Design Gallery presents "A Banquet for Seaweed: Snapshots from the Arab 1980s," an exciting, thought-provoking exhibition curated by Nada Shabout, UNT Regents Professor of Art History.


Exhibition: Oct. 4, 2022–Jan. 28, 2023

CVAD Gallery, Art Building, Room 160


CVAD Gallery Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Noon–5 p.m.

Thursday: Noon–8 p.m.

Closed Sunday & Monday

Featuring works from the Barjeel Art Foundation and other private collections, the exhibition engages with poignant issues that permeated the Arab World during the 1980s and tells a story of creativity in the face of turbulent shifts and changes. It highlights artists’ engagement with and negotiation of despair, new realities and the diaspora. The work in the exhibition challenges preconceived notions about this region and its productivity. It speaks of connectivities in response to its rejection as equal by the international contemporary art scene.


More than 20 works of oil paintings, sculpture, photography, and mixed media will be exhibited by as many artists from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. The in-gallery text will be in English, Spanish, and Arabic.


Dr. Shabout is the recipient of the 2020 Kuwait Prize for Arts and Literature and the UNT Presidential Excellence Award. The Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, is the co-sponsor of the exhibition.


The exhibition is free and open to the public.


Event Details

  • Tasnova Rahaman
  • Alaina Marie Schuele

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