Ms. Nada Odeh, a Syrian artist, activist, humanitarian and a modern-day poet. She will be on campus to work with Manhattan College students to install the Bethlehem Beyond the Wall exhibit, which opens on Monday, February 19 @ 5:30pm in Kelly Commons 5A.
Nada was both born and raised in Damascus and has lived in countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and has recently come to the USA in 2013 due to the conflict and revolution in her country. Nada currently lives and studies in Syracuse, New York where she is pursuing her MA in Museum Studies at Syracuse University.
Ms. Odeh earned her Bachelor in fine arts from Damascus University. She designed and created a project commonly known as 'Nada's Picassos', which had begun in Damascus but was then later moved to Dubai and now currently is in Michigan. The purpose of this project is to educate children about the history of art and to help them release the negative energy inside them while keeping the positive energy inside them. She seeks to inspire the children to take a path toward a career that is related to art. Nada has organized art workshops in various countries including Syria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and USA.
The medium she works in is Acrylics on Canvases. Arabic miniatures, Middle Eastern colors and small details of the heritage influence her artwork. The key theme and focus of her artwork are Syrian refugees in camps and Syrian people. She has exhibited her art in Damascus, Dubai, New York City, Detroit, Toledo, Tiffin and Washington D.C.