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Not About Bombs Opens in Chicago on March 9 at the National Veterans Art Museum

Written on February 15, 2013, by

Curated by Tricia Khutoretsky and presented by IARP, Not About Bombs addresses how a female perspective can fit into the modern context of turmoil and conflict through art and avoid falling into the typical ways that women are represented and misrepresented. The exhibit will open at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on March 9, 2013. Featured Iraqi and Iraqi-American women artists are Sundus Abdul Hadi, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Julie Adnan, Dena Al-Adeeb, and Sama Alshaibi.


The Dance of Words

Written on February 4, 2013, by

IARP is a sponsor of a new exhibit opening on February 25 in Minneapolis, The Dance of Words, a group exhibit of artworks that reference the use of text and calligraphic traditions found in many languages and cultures. Iraqi-American artist Ayad Alkadhi is among the featured artists. The exhibit is organized by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Arab American Cultural Institute in Minnesota.

Dates of Exhibit: February 25 – March 15, 2013
Exhibit Location and Hours: Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday


Join Iraqi authors and filmmakers on January 24

Written on January 7, 2013, by

You are invited to a reception on January 24 at 7:00 p.m. with Iraqi and American veteran authors and filmmakers. The featured authors and filmmakers are refugees, immigrants, and veterans who participated in Veterans Book Project workshops with IARP and The Advocates for Human Rights in 2012.

The reception is co-hosted by IARP, The Advocates, and the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas. Free and open to the public, the event will be an opportunity to meet many of the Iraqi and American veteran artists, as well as view the books and short films (3-8 minutes each) the artists created in Veterans Book Project workshops with IARP and The Advocates.


View Iraqi Artworks on January 13 at Coffee Grounds in St. Paul

Written on January 7, 2013, by

Warm up with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and join IARP at Coffee Grounds in St. Paul on Sunday, January 13 for a closing reception featuring Iraqi artworks. The artworks are from IARP’s permanent collection and have been on display at Coffee Grounds since December 10. Featured artists are working today in the areas of Karbala and Najaf, Sister City to Minneapolis.

Date: January 13, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Coffee Grounds, 1579 Hamline Avenue North, Saint Paul MN 55108

Questions? Please contact Lauren Traver at

Iraqi Artworks Featured at Coffee Grounds in St. Paul, MN

Written on December 10, 2012, by

IARP is pleased to announce that art from our permanent collection is now on display in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sip some coffee while you view original works by Iraqi artists at Coffee Grounds, located at 1579 Hamline Avenue North, Saint Paul MN 55108.

Artworks on display capture themes such as life and environment. Featured artists are from Karbala, Minneapolis’ Sister City of Najaf, and other areas of Iraq. Visit Coffee Grounds to see how art is used as a vehicle to promote understanding and love this holiday season.

Art will be on display at Coffee Grounds from now until January 14th. Hours are 6:00 a.m.  to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday.


Iraqi paintings from IARP’s permanent collection now on display at the Riverview Café in Minneapolis!

Written on November 8, 2012, by

Located in the Longfellow neighborhood in south Minneapolis, the Riverview Café and Winebar happily invites you to enjoy a cup of coffee and view artworks by contemporary Iraqi artists. The oil paintings on display feature scenes of the Iraqi life and environment and beautifully help to bridge the gap between ‘us’ and ‘them’.

The Riverview Café is open seven days a week at 3753 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

Monday-Wednesday: 6:30 am to 10 pm
Thursday: 6:30 am to 10:30 pm
Friday: 6:30 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am to 8:00 pm

Phone: 612-722-7234

This display of Iraqi artworks is presented by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project.

Images of Hope: Iraq Looks Forward

Written on October 24, 2012, by

IARP is proud to announce the opening of Images of Hope, a new exhibit now on display at the Maple Grove Art Center. This photography-based collection features the works of seven Iraqi artists. One piece now on display is the photo series Iraq is Flying by Jamel Penjeweny. The artist captures Iraqi people leaping in the air. Penjeweny describes his longing to give the people of Iraq feelings of hope and freedom. This cheerful imagery sits beside the photograph My Window by Tamara Abdul Hadi, in which we see a line of veiled Iraqi women waiting to receive their widow pension. This somber image represents the staggering amount of widows who struggle to feed their families, a number that has reached almost 1 million since U.S. invasion in 2003. These contrasting images give the viewer a glimpse into the complex realities of living in Iraq, post war.


Celebrating Iraqi First-Time Authors

Written on October 15, 2012, by

On September 12, 2012, IARP and partners hosted a reception for Iraqis in Minnesota who participated in book-making workshops organized by IARP, the Veterans Book Project, and The Advocates for Human Rights. Many of the authors are refugees. Some are students. All created books telling their stories.