Crossing Borders Exhibit in Miami

Press Release: Miami, FL, August 1, 2021
Kendall Art Center in collaboration with Khawam Gallery Presents

CROSSING BORDERS: Artists from the Middle East and Latin America
August 6 – Sept 3, 2021 – Kendall Art Center, Rodriguez Collection, 12063 SW 131st Ave. Miami, FL

A selection made by art curator Tony Khawam. The exhibition showcases the work of Immigrant artists from Cuba, Haiti, Iran, Israel, Syria, and Venezuela share their art and personal stories about their cultural heritage intertwined with their American experience, and the impact of immigration and the new American culture on their lives and art making. 

Featured artworks by Ilan Averbuch, José Bedia, Linda Behar, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Ivonne Ferrer, Tony Khawam, Zahra Nazari, and Nizar Sabour. (

A full slate of events has been scheduled for “KAC Live.” Events are accessible via Zoom, Facebook Live on events page here. (RSVP on EventBrite for Zoom events)

Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East and Latin America curated by Tony Khawam, winner of the “Individual Artist Award, Specific Cultural Project” Florida Division of Arts & Culture, and partially sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs. This exhibition will continue on Artsy through September, 2021.

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Kendall Art Center (KAC) aims to educate and create an ongoing dialogue with the public in the concepts of contemporary art and its role in society. By exhibiting the work of emerging, established, international and local artists, K.A.C fosters education that stimulates critical thinking and art appreciation. Activities focus on works of art in the collection and special exhibitions. Through discussion, research, art making, and writing activities, we hope to encourage close looking, foster conversation between students, community and artists.

Khawam Gallery is a contemporary art gallery established in 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Led by Director Mirna Asmar and Artist/Curator Tony Khawam. We have embarked on a mission to include artists who examine the socio-cultural issues intertwined with the American culture by emerging and established artists with a focus on new expressionism and neo-realism in a variety of media. The artist’s heritage background, story with the materials and process of art making are keys in the selection for exhibitions.

The Rodriguez Collection is privately financed by Leo Rodriguez and his family and is one of Miami’s largest, privately owned Cuban contemporary art collections. The collection reflects significant artistic developments in contemporary art by established artists from Cuba, U.S. and abroad. 

Opening reception, Friday August 6, 2021, from 6pm-11pm.
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War and Hope Art Exhibition

ArtServe Gives Voice to Syrian Plight

Art exhibition in-person tours and online virtual Zoom and Facebook Live MidEastern cultural lectures, performances, music, and Syrian culinary talks: Sept 1 to Oct 28, 20

MIAMI, Fla. (Sept 3, 2020) —Throughout the history of human conflict, entire cultures have often been all but obliterated simply through the weaponized destruction of artwork.  But in war-torn Syria beset for years by suffering, death and chaos, the resilience of its artists perseveres in conveying the nation’s urgent story worldwide.

Love In Heaven as it is on Earth – silkscreen, oil, acrylic, ash on canvas, 80 × 56 in, 2020

ArtServe, South Florida’s award-winning arts services organization that is advancing the arts for social good, will help Syrian artists deliver their message in a full-scale exhibition entitled “Emerging Art From War-Torn Syria: War & Hope” that will run both virtually and in-person from Tuesday, September 1 through Wednesday, September 30.  The show coincides with ArtServe’s limited re-opening on September 1.

Curated by Syrian American artist Tony Khawam of Khawam Galleries of Miami and New York, together with ArtServe Curator Sophie Bonet, “War & Hope” showcases works by Syrian American and Syrian artists who began a new phase of their artistic careers in response to the Syrian War. Their paintings weave contemporary images of the physical and virtual worlds together with emotions wrought by the war and memories from their cultural heritage.

“War & Hope” represents two generations of artists who have enjoyed long careers in contemporary visual art both within Syria and abroad. Some traveled to Europe and America, where they earned advanced degrees, and others returned to Syria, where they are still living and working.  American and German expressionism thus influences much of the work on display.

“Their paintings are a grand testimony of human suffering and survival whether spiritual or physical, especially in times of war,” Khawam explained, adding that several of the artists who have returned to live in Syria serve as professors of art at Damascus University have influenced many of the new artists in the “War & Hope” exhibition.

Free Virtual Events

A full slate of free “War & Hope” virtual events has been scheduled for “ArtServe Live.” All events are accessible via Facebook Live or Zoom on the ArtServe Facebook events page here:

Thurs., Sept. 33 to 4 p.m. | ArtChat & Lecture About Syrian American History by Artist and Curator Tony Khawam
An introduction to the “War & Hope” and a lecture on Syrian-Lebanese American history and Syrian arts and culture contributions to the United States.

Tues., Sept. 8 | 6 to 7 p.m. | Film Screening of “The Arab Americans” by Film Director Abe Kasbo
Screening of the documentary film entitled “The Arab American Experience,” followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director, Abe Kasbo.  

Wed., Sept. 9 | 6 to 7 p.m. | Middle Eastern Melodies:  Music & Poetry by singer/Poet Jorge Kouz and Organist Tony Tahan
Special performance and demonstration of classical Aleppian and Andalusian music.

Wed., Sept. 16 | 6 to 7 p.m. | Syrian Food Talk and Q&A with TED Talk & Food Blogger Tony Tahhan 
Presentation: What Syrian cuisine can teach us about Humanity.

Culturally Diverse – Contemporary International Group Art Exhibition, Aug-Sept, 2018

Khawam Gallery Storefront

Galen Cheney: American, born in California (studio in Massachusetts)
Morning Table – oil on canvas, 60x48in, 2018

Sensitive Skin – oil on canvas, 60x48in, 2018

Nizar Sabour: Syrian-Russian, born in Damascus (studios in Damascus & Moscow)
New Day – acrylic & graphite on canvas, 124 x 57in, 2018
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Walls of Palmyra No.5 (diptych) acrylic on canvas, 62 x 31in, 2018
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Kelly Fischer: American-Swiss, born in Tennessee (Switzerland and Tennessee, USASt Bernard Pass No.3 VI – Acrylic on Canvas, 60in x 60in, 2017

St Bernard Pass No.2 – Acrylic on Canvas, 40in x 40in, 2017

Nizar Dahdouh: Syrian, born in Damascus (studio in Damascus)
Still Life Abstractions – 80x80cm, 2016
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Tony Khawam: American-Syrian, born in Aleppo (studios in Coconut Creek, FL and Wyne, NJ) Aleppo Urban Landscapes series with bird-eye views No.14 & No.15

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Ilan Averbuck: American-Israeli, born in Tel Aviv (studio in Long Island City NYC)
Abstract Expressionist Sculptures sketches for realized Public Art Projects


Zahra Nazari: American-Iranian, born in Hamedan (studio in Long Island City NYC)
Transparency – Acrylic on Canvas, 36x36in, 2017

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The Observer’s Eye – Acrylic on Canvas, 60x49in, 2016
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