Qais Assali is an interdisciplinary artist/designer born in Palestine in 1987 and raised in the UAE before returning to Palestine in 2000. Assali taught in visual communication at Al-Ummah University College, Jerusalem, and at An-Najah National University, Nablus. He is Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Digital Design at Vanderbilt University. He was a 2019-21 Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He was a 2018-19 Artist/Designer-in-Residence and a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Critical Race Studies Program at Michigan State University.

Assali’s work has been exhibited at the Middle East Institute, Washington D.C. (2021); Hauser & Wirth, NY (2021); Station Museum of Contemporary Art, TX (2021); Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan, MI (2021); Toronto Queer Film Festival, Canada (2021); SculptureCenter, NY (2020); Chicago Cultural Center, IL (2020), Glassell School of Arts, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX (2020); Temporary Art Center (TAC), Netherlands (2019); and Qalandiya International, Palestine (2018). Assali is the recipient of The 2021 Art Matters Foundation grant; the 2020 Chicago Artists Coalition Spark Grant; the 2020 Houston Arts Alliance Digital Grant; the 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts - Idea Fund; the 2016 SAIC New Artists’ Society Award; the 2016 Palest’In & Out Festival - Plastic Art Prize.

Assali holds four degrees in visual arts from Palestine and the US, a BFA in Graphic Design from An-Najah National University 2009, and a BA in Contemporary Visual Art from the International Academy of Art Palestine 2017. He simultaneously completed an MFA from Bard College, NY 2019, and an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL 2018.

Artist Statement is viewable as .pdf here

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