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Sari Khoury

Sari Khoury

Sector : Cultural Figures , Artists

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  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1941
  • Age : 75
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Sari Ibrahim Khoury (March 13, 1941 – June 18, 1997‎) was an American visual artist originally from Jerusalem. He primarily worked in abstract modes in acrylic, oil and charcoal. 
Sari Ibrahim Khoury was born in Jerusalem, Mandate Palestine in 1941. Years after becoming a refugee in 1948 and his family's eviction from Jerusalem, he emigrated to the United States to attend school.

After spending the remainder of his time in Palestine in Bir Zeit, Khoury came to the United States at age 17 on a fine arts scholarship to Ohio Wesleyan University. There, he earned a Bachelor of Arts and completed his Master of Fine Arts at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit. He married his wife, Suheila Ghannam, in 1967.

Khoury was also a professor of art first at Berea College, KY and subsequently at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. He taught painting and drawing for 31 years. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. A major commissioned mural sits at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services in Dearborn, MI highlighting the accomplishments and contributions of Arab Americans. In 2008, the Arab American National Museum opened a major retrospective of his work. Shortly after, Birzeit University Virtual Gallery also created an online retrospective. Khoury died in 1997 from cancer.
Khoury began teaching at Central Michigan University in the Art Department in 1967. He served as chairperson of the department from 1992-93. On July 21, 2001, the Board of Trustees of Central Michigan University recognized posthumously that Khoury be promoted to professor emeritus rank.
His works have been exhibited in the United States and globally. His exhibition roster includes fifteen solo exhibits, some posthumous, and over forty group exhibits.

Khoury was an active participant in Arab-American life in Michigan. Many of his writings, photos and other archival material are held at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. They form part of a historical collection on Arab, Muslim, and Assyrian Americans in Michigan. In 1987, Khoury was commissioned by the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) to paint a mural depicting Arab-American life, social, professional and cultural contributions to Michigan. It is housed and displayed in the renovated ACCESS office in Dearborn, MI.


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