HELEN ZUGHAIB – Stories My Father Told Me

September 9, 2023 to October 28, 2023

Memories of a Childhood in Syria and Lebanon


Employing vivid color, rich pattern, stunning beauty, and admiring love, Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib has brought her father’s childhood stories of Syria and Lebanon in the 1930s and 40s to life. In 1981 Zughaib received a BFA from Syracuse’s University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and has since become one of the world’s most renowned Arab American artists. Her work is in the collections of the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, and the Arab American National Museum. We welcome Helen back to Syracuse where we will exhibit her full series of 25 gouache paintings, each illustrating a story as told by her father, Elia Zughaib.

A Map of Home by Helen Zughaib

“As an Arab American, I hope through my work to encourage dialogue and bring understanding and acceptance between the people of the Arab world and the West. My work is ultimately about creating empathy and a shared space for introspection and dialogue. I ask the viewer to see through someone else’s eyes; to walk in another’s shoes.”

SUSTAINING SPONSORS: Walter Putter & Marilyn Smith

Diana F. Cramer, Margrit Diehl, Lynn Fallon & Greg Daily, M. Russell & F. Marion Lee, Ron Monsour – In Honor of Amy Zamkoff, Deirdre Neilen, Chris Riley & Mark Feldman, Mary Slechta – In Memory of Martha H. McLaughlin, and Jeff Unaitis

Annemarie Deegan, Edgewood Gallery, Chris Flynn, GEGENSATZ PRESS, Sam Gruber, Ruth Heller & Bennet Schaber, Joe Marusa & Beth Drew, Nancy & Bruce McCoy, Jeremy McKay, Sarah Stewart McIlvain, Lauren & Walter Melnikow, Diane Murphy, Shirley & Larry Novak, George Savage, Ellen Schwartz, Vince Sgambati, Sharye Skinner, Syracuse Antiques Exchange, Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, Ron VanNorstrand, Shaila Wood & Ramesh Gaonkar, and Amy Zamkoff – In Memory of Rae Kramer

Bousquet Holstein PLLC, Onondaga County, The Dorothy & Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, WRVO, Anonymous, Caroline Cargo, Donald Blair & Nancy Dock, Therese A. Deegan, Sandra Hurd & Joel Potash, Ann Jamison, Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat, Rick Olanoff & Susan Wadley, Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, and Mary Stanley