The Midwestern region is home to an established and growing body of artists. From veterans to newcomers, our region’s diverse arts community is making its creative mark on the region and beyond. Expressions showcases the creative abilities, techniques, and inspirations of these regional artists.

ABOUT THE HOST: Najjar Abdul-Musawwir

Host Najjar Abdul-Musawwir is also an alumnus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) who has exhibited his work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Musawwir is an award-winning painter, community-arts organizer, educator, and consultant who is presently an Associate Professor of Art teaching Studio Art and Art History in SIUC’s School of Art and Design.

In addition to his teaching duties, Musawwir is also Vice President of the African-American Museum of Southern Illinois and an advisor to the SIUC Muslim Student Association. Musawwir has an established history with public television and has been featured on Arts Across Illinois, a production of WTTW Chicago.

Musawwir is internationally recognized for his unique painting style, which focuses on contrasting colors, movement, and symbolism. Several of Musawwir’s paintings and prints are on display at The Dorsey Gallery of Arkansas, The N’Namdi Gallery of Chicago, Southern Illinois University’s Morris Library, and Shawnee Community College.