Tony Khawam

American, Born in Aleppo, Syria
1985 – Bachelor Degree of Fine Art, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1987 – Advanced studies in Advertising and Graphic Design, Montclair State University, NJ

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Khawam talks about his cultural heritage intertwined with his American experience, and his artistic practice and influences on his work

TONY KHAWAM, was born in Aleppo, Syria and now lives and works in Florida. He was a frequent visitor to Aleppo and Damascus National Museums during childhood which exposed him to the art of ancient civilizations that shaped his current artistic direction with influences of post-war German and American modern art.

He left Syria with his parents at age 16 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1977 and pursued art education at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His abstracted architectural and heritage works are formed by ideas about today’s socio-political and socio-cultural issues such as social disruption, displacement, and immigration. The imagery is based on traditional Middle Eastern and American urban architecture affected by social disruption. He has given “Artist talk” and participated as a panelist at institutions including Artserve and Bailey Contemporary Art, Ft Lauderdale; Red Dot Miami Art Fair; Art Palm Beach, Florida.

Khawam has been interviewed by and published in the Brooklyn reporter News; Artrepreneur; Voyage Miami; Yahoo News, and many more. His work is included in museums, private and public collections throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East.

Khawam is an artist/curator, organized several exhibits about the socio-political and socio-cultural issues, such as heritage, displacement, immigration and the American culture. The process and materials used are equally important as the artwork itself, such as acrylic paint, dyed yarn hand made knitting, burlap and resin which are exclusively human characteristics and are features of the human societies.

He has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums including: Morris Museum of Art, NJ; Montclair Museum of Art, NJ; O.K. Harris Works of Art, NY; Walter Wickiser gallery, NY; CS Schulte gallery, NJ; Simon gallery, NJ; ArtServe and Bailey Contemporary Art, FL; Little Haiti Cultural center, Miami; and art fairs; Art Miami Context; Red Dot Art Miami; Art Palm Beach; Art Boca Raton; and Artexpo New York.

Khawam has been a recipient of: the 2020 “Florida Artist Profile award” 50th anniversary, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs; the “Creative Investment Program award” Broward County Division of Culture, FL; 2020 “Individual Artist Career Opportunity grant” South Arts, Southern U.S. region; 2002 “Artists Fellowship award” Mid-Atlantic region; 1998 “Innovative Works on Paper and Printmaking Project” Rutgers University, NJ; 1997 “Artist in Residence, NJ Series” Geraldine Dodge Foundation. He has been a participant in workshops “Artists at the Community Development Table” Americans For the Arts, and “Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute” Broward County Division of Culture, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Education
1985 – Bachelor Degree of Fine Art, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1987 – Advanced studies in Advertising and Graphic Design, Montclair State University, NJ

Professional Career
Artist-curator, creative designer and curator of a number of exhibits focusing on cultural heritage and current issues for building cultural understanding, fostering interest, awareness through arts and culture.

Solo Exhibitions
2019 – Art Miami Context Art Fair Dec 4-8, Miami, FL
2019 – Art Palm Beach Art Fair Jan 17-21, Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2018 – Design Center of the Americas, interior designers special event exhibition, Ft Lauderdale, FL
2017 – “Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo” Ft Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center, FL
2018 – Artexpo New York Art Fair, April 19-22, NYC Pier 94
2018 – Art Palm Beach Art Fair Jan 17-21, Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2017 – Miami Art Week at Red Dot Art Fair Dec 6-10, 2017, Miami, FL
2017 – “Spiritual Vessels” Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach (Ft Lauderdale), FL
2017 – “Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo” Ft Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center, FL
2006 – Walter Wickiser gallery, New York, NY
2005 – CS Schulte gallery, Millburn, NJ
2003 – Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ
2000 – Walter Wickiser gallery, New York, NY
2000 – “Emerging New Jersey Artists” Morris Museum of Art, Morristown, NJ
1998 – Merck/Sharing Plough HQ gallery at Giralda Farms estates, Madison, NJ
1997 – O.K. Harris Works of Art gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions
2019 – “Emerging Art From War-Torn Syria: War & Hope” group theme exhibit
Oct 12 – Dec 30 “30th Anniversary Season Preview at ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Oct 9-10 at Florida International Trade & Cultural Expo, Ft Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center
Oct 4-6 at Verasoni, 271 Rt 46 W., Fairfield, NJ
Sept 27-29, Syrian Arts & Culture Center, 352, 86th St. Brooklyn, NY
2019 – “Culturally Diverse” diversity in South Florida, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, FL
2018 – “Interior designers gala” Design Center of the Americas, Ft Lauderdale, FL2017 -“Truth and Reconciliation” Little Haiti Cultural Complex Gallery, Miami, FL2017 – “Art Boca Raton” Int’l Pavilion of the Palm Beaches at Florida Atlantic University, FL2017 – “Art Palm Beach” Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL1998 – “The New Jersey Fine Arts Annual”, The Montclair Art Museum, NJ1997 – “Urban Painters” O.K. Harris Works of Art, Ivan Karp curator, New York, NY

Grants and Awards
2020 – “Florida Artist Profile award” 50th anniversary, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.2020 – “Community Engagement Project award” Florida Humanities Council, FL2019 – “Creative Investment Program award” Broward County Division of Culture, FL
2002 – “Artists Fellowship award” Mid-Atlantic region
1998 – “Innovative Works on Paper and Printmaking Project” Rutgers University, NJ1997 – “Artist in Residence, NJ Series” Geraldine Dodge Foundation

Artist Workshops
2020 – “Artists at the Community Development Table” Americans For the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2019 – “Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute” Broward County Division of Culture, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Curatorial and Art Advisory
2000-2002 Merrill Lynch, assistant art advisor, corporate art collections, 2 annual exhibits Princeton, NJ
1993-1999 MetLife assistant art advisor, corporate art collections, 2 annual exhibits MeLife Gallery, NYC

Curatorial Exhibitions
2020 – “Crossing Borders: Artists From the Middle East and America” (catalog).
2019 – “Emerging Art From War-Torn Syria: War & Hope” New York, New Jersey, and Florida (catalog).
2018 – “Culturally Diverse” a look at diversity in the arts and the immigrant’s contributions to art, FL and NJ.
2001 – “New York” from Merrill Lynch collection, Rauschenberg, Motherwell, and Oldenburg, Princeton, NJ.
1997 – “A Mark of Excellence” from Raritan Valley College at MetLife Gallery, Bridgewater, NJ.

Collections
Khawam’s work are in museums, corporate and private collections in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East including the Montclair Art Museum, Morris Museum, Educational Testing Service, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon/Lucent Technologies, MetLife, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Nabisco Company, Pulsar International Mexico, Merck/Schering Plough, The Dow Jones, Tanagraphics, and Rock Capital.

Fiscal Sponsorship Projects
Fractured Atlas fiscal sponsored artist fundraising:https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/emerging-art-from-war-torn-syria-war-hope/general_support/

Bibliography/PressBrooklyn, NY John Alexander: https://brooklynreporter.com/2019/10/war-hope-emerging-art-from-war-torn-syria/

Artrepreneur, Article and Podcast Interview: https://abj.artrepreneur.com/podcast/tony-khawam-artists-story/
Voyage Mia – Erika Smith – Miami’s most inspiring stories, hidden gems of South Florida
http://voyagemia.com/interview/meet-tony-khawam-khawam-gallery-winwood Florida Newswire – Bailey Contemporary Arts Presents ‘Spiritual Vessels’
Yahoo Finance: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tony-khawams-vision-syrias-war-195100665.html

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