Nov. 28, 2014 - April 19, 2015
Main Floor Gallery
Free with Museum admission 

The art of storytelling has a vibrant history in Arab and Arab American culture. Passed down from one generation to the next, family stories help preserve the past and maintain cultural traditions.

Artist Helen Zughaib’s father, Elia, still tells of his life in Lebanon and Damascus, tales of family, community, adventure and morality. These rich stories inspired her in 2003 to illustrate, and in effect, copy them down on canvas. United for the first time, these 23 paintings represent personal accounts, as well as folktales retold.

Elia’s stories in his own words, and occasionally his own voice, accompany the paintings.


Limited-edition prints and blank greeting cards from the exhibition.


Come tell your story! Create a Digital Scrapbook with the Museum’s Family Story Project. Learn more HERE.

This exhibition made possible in part by

Above left: Eid al Salib
Above right: Eid Mar Elias

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