Saturday, November 29, 2014

Agent and Artist: Pettis and Najjar

I got an opportunity to interview Lavon Pettis, and Najjar in April 30, 2014, on the PopUp Research Station, Blogtalk Radio, and this fall we shared the stage during the Intersectionality Critique Exchange, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The talk was very insightful, as we recognized each others practice, and how our spirituality is reflective in our art. It was due to the efforts of Pettis to make the connection and setup the platform of communication.



Pettis has created exhibition and featured artist in Chicago, and St.Louis, international, emerging, experimental, performance speaks about her mentor, teacher, and client: Najjar Abdul Musawwir recognized for his philanthropy/contributions to the arts & community.

Najjar has created exhibitions and featured artists in Chicago, and St.Louis, international, emerging, experimental, performance speaks about her mentor, teacher, and client: Najjar Abdul Musawwir recognized for his philanthropy/contributions to the arts & community.


To learn more about Najjar Abdul-Musawwir and his work, please contact Lavon Pettis, Creative Manager, at globalresourcesid@gmail.com.



Najjar Abdul-Musawwir was born October 25th, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois. He is an internationally acknowledged artist who has exhibited throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. He currently works as an Associate Professor of studio arts and art history in the School of Art and Design and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.


He has received distinguish and prestigious acknowledgments, and among them are: first Artist-n-Residency/exhibition for the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit, invitational Artist-n-Residency/exhibition by the Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery in Malaysia, commissioned to create a piece for the Visions of Our 44th President travelling exhibition hosted by Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, Rickert Ziebold Trust Awardee, Judge William Holmes Cook Professorship Endowment, and was invited by the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago as a member of an Illinois artists' consulting team.


Najjar's philosophical thoughts:
Research – Look for what is not evident and see possibilities.
Service – Helping other is without doubt the helping of self.
Teaching – Educate others perchance they understand the message better than me; they become the teacher and me the student.
http://www.blackgivesback.com/2014/03/the-insider-giving-is-lifestyle-for.html#.UzmHdlfkPIU.