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Leila Khoury (b. 1993) received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and is currently acquiring her Master of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to her graduate studies, Leila was the proprietor of ZAINA Gallery (Cleveland, Ohio), an apprentice for Sadeer General Trading & Contracting Company (Subhan, Kuwait), and an instructor for the Orange Art Center (Pepper Pike, Ohio).  Between June and September 2018, works by Leila were featured in the National Museum of Women in the Arts' exhibition series, Women to Watch


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2017-2020    Master of Architecture (Emphasis in Interior Architecture) + Certificate in Historic Preservation.  School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. 

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


Solo Exhibitions

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


Group and Collaborative Exhibitions

2019 Upcoming: (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., Kuwait City, 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. Curated by HEDGE Gallery. 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


Artist Talks

2018     Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH

2017     The King's Academy, Madaba, Jordan


Work Experience

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

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

2015      Studio Assistant, David Deming, Cleveland, OH

             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

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

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

             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



National Museum of Women in the Arts

OZY Rising Stars


VICE Creator's Project

Your Middle East

CPAC Cleveland Artist Spotlight

NPR Ideastream II

NPR Ideastream I

Arab America

Arab American Institute