17 April 2007
Dr. Arafat Al-Naim, Applied Science University
Dr. Arafat Al-Naim, Applied Science University

Middle East - Northwest Graphic Dialogue, an "International Print Project," is an ambitious international original fine art Print Exhibition and Exchange. The "International Print Project" brings together works of 41 artists and printmakers from 13 Middle Eastern Countries including: Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Syria, Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen and Egypt.

The exhibit was curated by Dr. Arafat Al-Naim and the American artist and printmaker Barbara Mason; the "International Print Project" will celebrate global culture and widen inter-cultural dialogue while demonstrating the richness of the printmaking medium.

In return, work from the professional artists of Print Arts Northwest will be exhibited in Jordan and other countries in the Middle East. The exhibition consists of work from Dr. Al-Naim s workshops of the last three years. It is organised to promote the art and practice of printmaking in the Middle East; these workshops are critically acclaimed as the most important in the region. The selected works for this project offer an insight into the development of printmaking in both the Middle East and the United States. They present new ideas, approaches and a combination of techniques and showcase the artists' exploration of their medium. The presentation of new techniques and tendencies in printmaking can foster cultural links between American and Middle Eastern Artists.

The "International Print Project"is a collaboration between the Jordanian Applied Science University Department of Fine Art and Print Arts Northwest in cooperation with Dr. Jean Campbell of the Middle Eastern Studies Department of Portland State University. It is conceived as an ongoing exchange of work between many countries and the United States with Dr. Al-Naim as the facilitator on the Middle Eastern end.

This exhibition is sponsored by PAN, the Applied Science University of Amman, Jordan and the Middle Eastern Studies Department of Portland State University.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Arafat Al-Naim
Assist. Prof. of Graphic Arts & Design, Applied Science University
Part-time Lecturer of Graphic Arts & Design, Philadelphia University
Initiator and curator of The ASU International Design Forum Symposiodesign Amman
Editorial Board Member of International Design Research Journal "Design Behaviors"
T.:+962 777 929019

About Applied Science University
A private Jordanian university established in 1993, Applied Science University is a member of the Icograda Education network. http://aspu.edu.jo

About Portland State University
The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) at Portland State University is committed to providing information and to promoting understanding of the people, cultures, languages, and religions of the Middle East in an open and objective atmosphere. http://www.mesc.pdx.edu/