Book talk: “Stories My Father Told Me”


Helen Zughaib, Author & Artist


  •  A light snack is served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

In this book, artist Helen Zughaib interprets the stories her father told her about his childhood in Syria. Through a series of 25 paintings, we see the stories of Elia Zughaib,  who was born in Damascus during the French Mandate and who moved to Lebanon to spend his young adulthood before immigrating to America in 1946. These tales center around family, tradition and the village community.


Biography of Speaker

Helen Zughaib is an artist who lives and works in Washington, DC. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she grew up between the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art at Syracuse University, where she earned her BFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Zughaib paints primarily in gouache and ink on board and canvas. More recently, she has worked with wood, shoes, and cloth in mixed media installations.

Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General, Vancouver, Canada, American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, Michigan. Her paintings are included in the DC Art Bank Collection and she has received the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship award in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and 2018. They have also been shown aboard at Embassy State Department exhibitions abroad, including in Brunei, Nicaragua, Mauritius, Iraq, Belgium, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. Zughaib has served as Cultural Envoy to Palestine, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia, and her paintings have been gifted to heads of state by President Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.






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