Fleisher faculty member Sherif Habashi is a recipient of the Fred and Naomi Hazell Art Award, established by artist, musician, poet, and craftswoman Naomi Hazell to support the efforts specifically for painters working in oils. The award was established to encourage artistic growth and excellence specifically for painters working in oils. The Hazell Awardee is selected biannually through a juried process with an award amount of $1,000. Sherif’s work will be on view in the Suzanne Fleisher and Ralph Joel Roberts Gallery February 6 to March 22. An opening reception will be held February 6, beginning at 6:00 p.m. A native of Cairo, Egypt, Sherif moved to the United States at the age of 13. He received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1994. After receiving his MFA from the University of Massachusetts of Amherst in 1998 he returned to Philadelphia, where he currently lives and works. Sherif has been an artist-member of Nexus Foundation, exhibited in numerous regional venues, and has participated in a many juried exhibitions. In addition to Fleisher, Sherif has taught studio art as an adjunct faculty member at University of the Arts and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Pictured: detail of "Yes Reborn," oil on linen, 60" by 48".
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