Photo by  Ricky Rhodes

Photo by Ricky Rhodes

Leila Khoury (b. 1993) received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is currently pursuing her Master of Architecture and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Prior to her graduate studies, Khoury was the propietor of ZAINA Gallery (Cleveland, OH), an apprentice for Sadeer General Trading & Contract Company (Subhan, Kuwait), and a multilevel art instructor for the Orange Art Center (Pepper Pike, OH). Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Cleveland and Columbus, OH; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh, PA; Waeukesha, WI; and Subhan, Kuwait.

Between June and September 2018, two works by Khoury were featured in the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ exhibition series, Women to Watch.

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2017-2020 Candidate, Master of Architecture (Emphasis in Interior Architecture) + Certificate in Historic

Preservation. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

2011-2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Sculpture. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.


Summer 2018 Ox-Bow School of Art + Artist Residency. Saugatuck, MI.


2017-2020 Dean’s Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2017 Ox-Bow Steketee Merit Scholarship

Ox-Bow Work Scholarship

2011-2015 Merit Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art

Dean’s List, Maryland Institute College of Art

2011 Charlene Powers Award for the Arts, Orange High School


2017-18 Studio Assistant, Sullivan Fabrication Studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.

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

Apprentice, Sultan Gallery, Subhan, Kuwait.

2015-17 Owner-Curator, ZAINA Gallery, The Studios at 78th Street, Cleveland, OH.

2012-17 Instructor, Orange Art Center, Pepper Pike, OH.

2015 Studio Assistant, David Deming, Cleveland, OH.

Teaching Assistant, David Brooks, MICA, Baltimore, MD.

2014-15 Art Instructor, 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.

Intern, The Maryland Women's Heritage Center, Baltimore, MD.

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

Illustrator, In His Image by Mark de Veritas. 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.


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

Aleppo Bathhouse, The Vandal, Pittsburgh, PA.

al-Jiran, ZAINA Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

Concrete Images from a Syria Lost, The Trimont, Pittsburgh, PA.

2015 Kamins Island, ZAINA Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

DIRGES, ZAINA Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

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


2019 (dis)comfort zones: Underrepresentation and Invisibility in the Institution.

Carroll University, Waukesha, WI.

2018 Women to Watch, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC.

Women to Watch Ohio (via National Museum for Women in the Arts), Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH.

Tender House Project, McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, Chicago, IL.

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

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

A Little Bit of Tenderness, Data Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

Aleppo Bathhouse, Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA. via World Refugee Day.

Organized by Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO).

Cleveland Orchestra's Fridays @ 7 Concert Series. Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH.

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.

From the Dust, Article Gallery, Cleveland, OH.

Shades of Grey, Creative Space, Cleveland, OH.

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

Not from Here, Not from There. Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD.

LANDSWEPT, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.

Antier; Ya'aburnee, La Bodega Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

Protest Era 3, Annex 2e, Baltimore, MD.

100% YES (via Refugee Youth Project), 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.


2016 Creative Fusion, Cleveland, OH.


2018 Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH.

2017 The King's Academy, Madaba, Jordan.



National Museum of Women in the Arts

OZY Rising Stars


VICE Creator's Project

NPR Ideastream II

NPR Ideastream I

Ohio Channel

CPAC Cleveland Artist Spotlight

Your Middle East

Arab America

Arab American Institute