Photo by  Ricky Rhodes

Photo by Ricky Rhodes

Leila Khoury (b. 1993) is a native and current inhabitant of Cleveland, Ohio.  After receiving her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Leila opened ZAINA Gallery in Cleveland's largest fine arts complex, 78th Street Studios.  In addition to her curatorial work, Leila is a practicing artist, art teacher, and apprentice for Sadeer General Trading & Contracting Company (Kuwait City, Kuwait).

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2015    BFA, Interdisciplinary Sculpture.  Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2011    Orange High School, Pepper Pike, OH


Solo Exhibitions:

2016:   عرائس البحر   //   the mermaids, The Sunroom, Cleveland, OH

2016:   Aleppo Bathhouse, The Vandal, Pittsburgh, PA

2016    al-Jiran, ZAINA Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2016    Concrete Images From a Syria Lost, The Trimont, Pittsburgh, PA

2015     Kamins Island,  ZAINA Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2015     DIRGES,  ZAINA Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2015     Nizar Qabbani Memorial Unveiling, Cleveland Cultural Gardens, Cleveland, OH


Group and Collaborative Exhibitions:

2017:           Sadeer Day Exhibition, Sadeer General Trading & Contracting Co., Kuwait City, Kuwait

2016:           Creative Fusion Artists Group Exhibition, Cleveland Collection Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2016:            A Little Bit of Tenderness, Data Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2016:            Aleppo Bathhouse, Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA.  Via Pittsburgh's city-wide event to honor 2016 World Refugee Day.  Organized by Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO)

2016:            Cleveland Orchestra's Fridays @ 7 Concert Series. Curated by HEDGE Gallery. Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH

2016:             Neighborhood Dances, a performance-based installation by Victoria Bradford.  Curated by Megan Young in junction with Re|Marking arts event. ZAINA Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2015:               DIRGES // CHEMICAL ASH, ZAINA Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2015:               From The Dust, Article Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2015:               Shades of Grey, Creative Space, Cleveland, OH

2015:               Lab Bodies: Borders, Boundaries, and Barricades. Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD

2015:               Not From Here, Not From There.  Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD

2015:               LANDSWEPT, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2015:               Antier; Ya'aburnee, La Bodega Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2015:               Protest Era 3, Annex 2e, Baltimore, MD                   

2015:               100% YES, Current Space, Baltimore, MD

2013:               Ply, Middendorf Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2012:               ON/OFF, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH

2012:               Faculty Exhibition, Orange Art Center, Pepper Pike, OH

2011:               Scholastic Art Exhibition, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH



2017:           Apprentice, Sadeer General Trading & Contracting Company, Subhan, Kuwait

2017:           Apprentice, Sultan Gallery, Subhan, Kuwait

2015-present: Owner-Curator, ZAINA Gallery, The Studios at 78th Street, Cleveland, OH

2016:            Local partner to Luis Ituarte, international artist in residence. via Creative Fusion, The Cleveland Foundation.

2012-15:       Instructor, Orange Art Center, Pepper Pike, OH

2015:             Studio Assistant, David Deming, Cleveland, OH

2015:             Teaching Assistant, David Brooks, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2014-15:       Art Facilitator, MICA Community Art Partnership

                     -Refugee Youth Project, Baltimore, MD

                     -The Arc of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

                     -Baltimore Franciscan Center, Baltimore, MD 

2013:             Intern, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

2013:             Intern, The Maryland Women's Heritage Center, Baltimore, MD

2012:             Intern, The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Cleveland, OH

2012:             Illustrator, In His Image, Cleveland, OH

2007-11:      Volunteer, The Red Cross Bloodmobile, Cleveland, OH

2010:            Volunteer, Marymount Hospital, Bedford, OH

2009:            Intern, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio: ArtWorks, Cleveland, OH




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