JOHN HALAKA

Professor of Visual Art University of San Diego Department of Art
5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110 Office: 619/260-4107
jhalaka@sandiego.edu www.johnhalaka.com www.sittingcrowproductions.com

SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

John Halaka is a Visual Artist, Documentary Filmmaker and Professor of Visual Arts at the University of San Diego, where he has taught since 1991. He received his MFA in the Visual Arts from the University of Houston in 1983, and his B.A. in Fine Arts from the City University of New York Baccalaureate Program, with Brooklyn College as home school. Halaka’s Artwork has been exhibited and his films have been screened nationally and internationally.  John Halaka is the recent recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship that enabled him to develop the second phase of the project Portraits of Denial & Desire in Lebanon.  

Exhibits of John Halaka’s photographs from the series Portraits of Denial & Desire, were recently on view in solo shows at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska, as well as a in a traveling solo exhibition that is being displayed at six public libraries in various parts of Catalonia, Spain. The photographs were also recently on view in one-person exhibitions at the University of San Diego, in San Diego, Californian, at the Tasneem Gallery, in Barcelona, Spain, and at the Palestine Center’s Gallery El Quds, in Washington, D.C. 

From August 2013, to January 2014, John Halaka had a solo exhibit of drawings from the series Landscapes of Desire, at the Arab-American National Museums in Dearborn, Michigan.  The series explores the psychological presence and physical absence of refugees through metaphorical landscapes of destroyed Palestinian villages. 

OCCUPATION:

Visual Artist working and teaching in the fields of Painting, Drawing, Photography and Documentary Filmmaking

EDUCATION:

1983 | M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
1979 | B.A. in Art, C.U.N.Y., Baccalaureate Program, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS OF PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS:

2015 | PORTRAITS OF DENIAL & DESIRE. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN HALAKA
Touring exhibition at six branches of the Catalan Public Libraries. Catalonia, Spain. January - July 2015

2015 | FORGOTTEN SURVIVORS: DRAWING PROJECTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN HALAKA
Kimura Gallery. University of Alaska at Anchorage. Alaska

2015 | PORTRAITS OF DENIAL & DESIRE. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN HALAKA
Rice University. Media Center Gallery. Houston, Texas

2014 | PORTRAITS OF DENIAL & DESIRE. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN HALAKA
University of San Diego, Exhibit Hall. San Diego, California

2014 | PORTRAITS OF DENIAL & DESIRE. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN HALAKA
Tasneem Gallery. Barcelona, Spain

2014 | PORTRAITS OF DENIAL & DESIRE. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN HALAKA
Palestine Center’s Gallery Al Quds. Washington, D.C.

2013 | LANDSCAPES OF DESIRE
Arab-American National Museum. Dearborn, Michigan.

2011 | LANDSCAPES OF DESIRE
Mosaic Rooms Gallery. A.M. Qattan Foundation. London, United Kingdom.

2011 | LANDSCAPES OF DESIRE: DRAWINGS BY JOHN HALAKA
Paltel Virtual Gallery of Palestinian Art. Berzeit University. West Bank, Palestine.

2010 | LANDSCAPES OF DESIRE: DRAWINGS BY JOHN HALAKA
Student Life Pavilion Gallery. University of San Diego. California.

2009 | LANDSCAPES OF DESIRE: DRAWINGS BY JOHN HALAKA
The Jerusalem Fund Gallery. Washington, D.C.

2006 | FEATURED ARTIST
Paltel Virtual Gallery of Palestinian Art. Berzeit University. West Bank, Palestine.

2002 | RELICS: MEDITATIONS ON DECAY & RENEWAL
Taylor Library Gallery. San Diego, California

2000 | WHISPERS & ECHOES: RECENT PAINTINGS BY JOHN HALAKA
Founders Gallery, University of San Diego, California.

1997 | WITNESS: DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS BY JOHN HALAKA
Spruce Street Forum, San Diego, California.

1995 | Designed stage sets for Bertold Brecht's DRUMS IN THE NIGHT.
University of San Diego.

1993 | MEMORIES AND MEMORIALS: INSTALLATIONS BY JOHN HALAKA AND GADI GOFBARG
Founders Gallery, University of San Diego, California.

1993 | FORGOTTEN SURVIVORS: PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS BY JOHN HALAKA
The Price Center, University of California, San Diego.

1992 | Designed the stage sets for the production of FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY: A LITTLE DANCE OF DEATH
by Odon Von Horvath. University of San Diego.

1991 | JOHN HALAKA, PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS
Founders Gallery, University of San Diego, California.

1990 | JOHN HALAKA: SELECTED WORKS 1983-1988
The C.G. Jung Educational Center of Houston.

1989 | JOHN HALAKA: ENCAUSTIC PAINTINGS
Graham Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1988 | JOHN HALAKA: DRAWINGS
Graham Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1986 | JOHN HALAKA: 'PRELUDE TO A PACIFIST REVOLUTION
Graham Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1985 | JOHN HALAKA: ENCAUSTIC PAINTINGS
Graham Gallery, Houston, Texas.


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2015 | CLOSE TO HOME
The Arab American National Museum - House of Lebanon. Los Angeles, California.

2015 | WEAPONS OF MASS COMMUNICATION
Five Myles Gallery. Brooklyn. N.Y.

2015 | PALESTINE
Levantine Cultural Center. Los Angeles, California.

2015 | MURMUR OF LAMENT
Aakriti Gallery. New Delhi, India.
Aakriti Gallery. Kolkata, India.

2015 | WAR AND PEOPLE
The Levantine Cultural Center. Los Angeles, California

2014 | AND WE HAVE COUNTRY
Al Quds Gallery. Washington, D.C.

2014 | COURAGEOUS VOICES
Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. USD. San Diego, California.

2014 | INTERSECTING LINES: 10TH ANNUAL DRAWING INVITATIONAL
San Diego Central Library Gallery. San Diego, California

2014 | THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY
The Levantine Cultural Center. Los Angeles, California

2014 | DEMOCRACY NOW: POSSIBILITIES AND IMPOSSIBILITIES
Nandan, and Visva-bharati, India.

2013 | THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRIRTORY
The Jerusalem Fund Gallery. Washington D.C.

2013 | NOCTURNES
Protea Gallery. San Diego, CA

2013 | DIWAN 5 GROUP EXHIBITION
The Arab-American National Museum. Dearborn, Michigan

2013 | GROUP EXHIBITION
Protea Gallery. San Diego, CA

2013 | SPEAK YOUR PEACE
SOMARTS. San Francisco, CA

2012 | GROUP EXHIBITION
Protea Gallery. San Diego, CA

2011 | BREACHING THE WALL
Jerusalem Fund Gallery. Washington, D.C

2010 | AN IDEA CALLED TOMORROW
California African American Museum. Los Angeles, CA

2009 | AN IDEA CALLED TOMORROW
California African American Museum. Los Angeles, CA

2009 | WISHES / UMNIAT
10th Street Theater Gallery. San Diego, CA

2009 | DEPORTATION NATION
Centro Cultural De La Raza. San Diego, CA

2009 | VISUAL ARTS FACUTLY EXHIBITION
University of San Diego. Institute of Peace & Justice Galleries.

2008 | ENACTING EMANCIPATION
A Space Gallery. Toronto, Canada.

2008 | INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION
Al-Mahatta Gallery. Ramallah, Palestine. Co-directed and produced a large community
based mural at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. Birzeit, Palestine.

2008 | 60 YEARS
ARC Gallery. Chicago, Illinois.

2008 | EVERY WALL MUST FALL
Pomegranate Gallery. New York, New York.

2007 | INTERNAL EXILE
SOMARTS. San Francisco, California.

2007 | RE-COVERY: 26 ARTISTS RE-IMAGINE 26 BOOKS
Art Around Books Gallery. San Diego, California.

2007 | MADE IN PALESTINE
Embassy of Venezuela. Washington D.C.

2007 | PIECE PROCESS IV: AFTER LEBANON
Hartnett Gallery. University of Rochester. New York.

2007 | PIECE PROCESS IV
Walters Cultural Arts Center. Hillsboro, Oregon.

2007 | PIECE PROCESS IV
Portland Art Center. Portland, Oregon.

2006 | DISPLACED
Al-Hoash Gallery Of Palestinian Art. Jerusalem.

2006 | MADE IN PALESTINE
Al Jisser Gallery. New York.

2005 | ART MATTERS
Berkeley Arts Center. Berkeley, California.

2005 | MADE IN PALESTINE
T.W. Wood Gallery. Vermont College, Montpellier, Vermont.

2005 | PIECE PROCESS 3
Gavilan College. Gilroy, California.

2005 | IN/VISIBLE: CONTEMPORARY ART BY ARAB AMERICAN ARTISTS
Arab American National Museum. Dearborn, Michigan.

2005 | MADE IN PALESTINE
SOMARTS. San Francisco, California.

2005 | FOUR MURALS FOR PALESTINE
Co-directed and produced three murals at the Rafah Community Health Center, Rafah, Gaza Strip, Palestine,
and one mural on the apartheid wall separating the Amer Residence from their village. Mas’Ha, West Bank, Palestine.

2005 | SEVEN SAN DIEGO ARTISTS. Point Loma Library Gallery.

2004 | THE ALTARS PROJECT
Taylor Library Gallery. San Diego, California.

2004 | PARALLEL VISIONS
Organized in conjunction with the premier of the play “Remains.” ARK Arts Center. San Diego, California.

2003 | MADE IN PALESTINE
An international exhibition organized by the Ineri Foundation at the STATION MUSEUM. Houston, Texas.

2003 | VISUAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION
Founders Gallery, University of San Diego, California.

2002 | THIRD ANNUAL DRAWING EXHIBITION
Taylor Library Gallery. San Diego, California.

2002 | ELEVENTH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION
Athenaeum Music & Art Library. La Jolla, California.

2002 | THIRD ANNUAL DRAWING EXHIBITION
Taylor Library Gallery. San Diego, California.

2001 | VISUAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION
Visual Arts Center, Univrersity of San Diego, California.

2000 | VISUAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION
Visual Arts Center, Univrersity of San Diego, California.

1999 | VISUAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION
Visual Arts Center, Univrersity of San Diego, California.

1998 | VISUAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION
Visual Arts Center, Univrersity of San Diego, California.

1997 | VISUAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION
Visual Arts Center, Univrersity of San Diego, California.

1996 | BEYOND THE LINE: DRAWINGS BY JOHN HALAKA, NILLY GILL, & CHRIS LEE
Southwestern College Art Gallery, San Diego, California.

1996 | GROUP SHOW
Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

1996 | SOMETHING OLD/SOMETHING NEW: VISUAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION
Visual Arts Center, University of San Diego, California.

1995 | DRAWING FROM STRENGTH: TWENTY-SIX ARTISTS MAKE THEIR MARK
Transco Towers Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1995 | FACULTY EXHIBITION
Visual Arts Center, University of San Diego, California.

1994 | THE WILLIAM A. GRAHAM COLLECTION
Lynn Goode Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1994 | FACULTY EXHIBITION
Visual Arts Center, University of San Diego, California.

1994 | CITY, ROOM, GARDEN
University of Texas at Arlington- School of Architecture Gallery, California College of Arts & Crafts.

1993 | CITY, ROOM, GARDEN
University of Houston, Texas- School of Architecture Gallery,
School of Art & Architecture Gallery, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas.

1993 | FACULTY EXHIBITION
Visual Arts Center, University of San Diego, California.

1992 | FACULTY EXHIBITION
Visual Arts Center, University of San Diego, California.

1991 | THE WAR SHOW: HOUSTON VOICES
The Fountainhead Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1990 | ORDINARY OBJECT AS EXTRAORDINARY SUBJECT
The Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas.

1990 | FACULTY EXHIBITION
The Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.

1990 | ART 1990
Graham Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1989 | ELEVEN ARTISTS FROM THE SUMMER/WHITE STUDIOS
Art Gallery at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

1988 | FIVE HOUSTON ARTISTS
North Harris County College South Campus Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1988 | HOUSTON 88
Cullen Center Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1988 | HOUSE PAINTINGS
Diverse Works Alternative Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1988 | TEXAS ART CELEBRATION 88
Two Houston Center, Houston, Texas.

1988 | EAST END SHOW
Lawndale Arts and Performance Center, Houston, Texas.

1987 | EIGHT FROM HOUSTON
Art Tracks Co-op Gallery, Pensacola, Florida.

1987 | INVITATIONAL SHOW
Kingston Co-op Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.

1987 | GROUP SHOW OF GALLERY ARTISTS
Graham Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1987 | GROUP SHOW
Graham Gallery, Houston, Texas.

1987 | EAST END SHOW
Lawndale Alternative, Houston, Texas.

1986 | TEXAS ANNUAL 1986
Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas.

1985 | THEN & NOW, 50 YEARS OF UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON ART
Lawndale Alternative, Houston, Texas.

1984 | COMPETITION 84
Two Allen Center, Houston, Texas.

1984 | EAST END SHOW
Lawndale Alternative, Houston, Texas.

1984 | JOHN HALAKA & DONALD LeBLANC: PAINTINGS
The Studio Inc., Kansas City, Kansas.

1983 | AMARILLO COMPETITION
Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas.

1983 | FIVE EMERGING ARTISTS
The Art League of Houston, Houston, Texas.

1983 | ELEVEN IN A ROW
Lawndale Alternative, Houston, Texas.

1983 | THE UNTITLED SHOW
Lawndale Alternative, Houston, Texas.

1983 | M.F.A. EXHIBITION 1983
Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.

1982 | SIX FROM HOUSTON
Foster Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1981 | FACULTY EXHIBITION
Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.

DOCUMENTARY FILMS [COMPLETED]:

WOUNDS OF THE HEART: AN ARTIST AND HER NATION
Documentary. 52 minutes. SittingCrow Productions.  Released April 2009.

Born and raised in the village of Tarsheha in the Galilee, Rana Bishara is a Palestinian visual artist whose practice includes sculpture, installation and performance art.  As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, she has directly experienced the feelings of belonging and claims of ownership that irrevocably separate, yet permanently connect Arabs and Jews in their struggle for a land that is called Palestine by one group and Israel by the other.  Rana’s artwork functions simultaneously as an elegy to the Palestinian Nakba (the Great Disaster that began in 1948), an unmasking of the brutality of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and a critique of the biased Western media’s depiction of the Palestinians’ struggle against their occupiers. The objects employed in Rana’s artwork perform as surrogates for the body and spirit of Palestine and its people. Her work, in both its physical and conceptual manifestations is an expression of the inseparable blending of the personal and political experiences that define the identity of every Palestinian.

THE PRESENCE OF ABSENCE IN THE RUINS OF KAFR BIR’IM
Documentary. 60 minutes.  SittingCrow Productions. Released November 2007.

Shot on location in the ruins and cemetery of Kafr Bir’im, a Palestinian village located in the Northern Galilee, the film introduces the viewer to Mr. Ibrahim Essa, an elderly poet who survived the ethnic cleansing of his village in 1948. Through his narrative and poetry, Ibrahim Essa recounts his experiences as a youth in the village, the hardships of a life in exile and the intense emotional, physical and historical connections to the land that he shares with the 5,000,000 Palestinians who currently live in the Palestinian diaspora. Mr. Essa employs an ancient oral tradition of poetry that, in style, is similar to what is now referred to as “Spoken Word Poetry.”  This improvisational oral tradition has been around for centuries in Northern Palestine and continues to be used by farmers and villagers to express the community’s intimate relationship to the land; a yearning for past times; and their cultural, psychological and physical attachment to the ancient and modern ruins that exist throughout that region.

DOCUMENTARY FILMS [IN PROGRESS]:

PORTRAITS OF DESIRE & DENIAL
Documentary. SittingCrow Productions.  Anticipation completion TBA.

A POET'S EYE: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK OF RULA HALAWANI
Documentary. SittingCrow Productions.  Anticipation completion TBA.

DESIRE AND RESISTANCE IN CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN ART
Documentary. SittingCrow Productions.  Anticipation completion TBA.

THE AESTHETICS OF RESISTANCE IN PALESTINIAN FOLKLORIC DANCE
Documentary. SittingCrow Productions.  Anticipation completion TBA.

VIDEO ARCHIVES:

FORGOTTEN SURVIVORS: ARCHIVE OF INTERVIEWS I CONDUCTED WITH
SURVIVORS OF THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE
http://www.sittingcrowproductions.com/Archive_FS.html

ARCHIVE OF INTERVIEWS I CONDUCTED WITH PALESTINIAN ARTISTS
http://www.sittingcrowproductions.com/Archive_AI.html

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

1991-Present | Professor of Visual Arts; The University of San Diego, Department Art

2011-2012 | Affiliate Scholar. American University of Beirut. Department of Architecture & Design

2007-2008 | University of San Diego University Professor. Highest teachin/research award bestowed annually
on a faculty member.

1994-1997 | Coordinator of Visual Arts Program, University of San Diego

1990-1991 | The Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Instructor, Department of Painting & Drawing

1983-1991 | The School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, Texas; Instructor, Department of Visual Arts

Nov 1990 | East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas; Visiting Artist, Department of Art

1988-1990 | North Harris County College, East Campus; Instructor, Department of Visual Arts

1986-1990 | The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Department of Art History and Education; Coordinator of workshops for "Evening for Educators" program.

1986-1990 | The University of Houston, Department of Fine Arts; Teaching Fellow

PUBLIC LECTURES AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

Jan 2015 | “Standing with Disposable People.” Public Lecture in Conjunction with my Exhibition “Portraits of Denial & Desire.”  Rice University.  Houston, Texas.

Dec 2014 | “Forgotten Survivors.” Lecture to the Bridge Program at Antioch University.  Los Angeles, California.

Dec 2014 | “Disposable People.” Lecture to Art and Art History students at El Camino College. Los Angeles, California.

Oct 2014 | “Memory as Resistance:  Narratives of Palestinian Survivance.”  Conference lecture at the Peace & Justice Studies Association’s Annual Conference.  San Diego, California.

Oct 2014 | “Forgotten Survivors.” Public Lecture in Conjunction with my Exhibition “Portraits of Denial & Desire.” University of San Diego.  San Diego, California.

July 2014 | “Disposable People.”  Public Lecture at the Conference “Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration.”  United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Migration. Barcelona, Spain.

May 2014 | “Portraits of Denial & Desire.”  Keynote lecture at the University of Chicago’s Palestine Awareness Week.

April 2014 | ”The Artist As Public Servant.”  Public Lecture in conjunction with my solo exhibition “Portraits of Denial & Desire.”  Gallery Al Quds. Washington, D.C.

March 2014 | “Portraits of Denial & Desire.”  Public Lecture at Al-Awda Center, Miami, Florida. 

Feb 2014 | “Survivance: Narratives of Palestinian Refugees.” Conference lecture at the College Arts Association Annual Conference, Chicago Illinois.

Dec 2013 | “Forgotten Survivors.”  Public Lecture at the Al-Awda National Center.  Carlsbad, California.

Nov 2013 | “Portraits of Denial & Desire.”  Public Lecture at Ventura County Al-Awda Center.  Moorhead, California.

Nov 2013 | “The Art of Resistance.” Keynote lecture at UCLA’s Palestine Awareness Week. University of Californian, Los Angeles.                

Nov 2013 | ”Portraits of Denial & Desire.”  Public Lecture.  The Palestine Center, Jerusalem Fund Gallery.  Washington, D.C.

Oct 2013 | ”The Artist As Public Servant.”  Public Lecture in conjunction with my solo exhibition Landscapes of Desire.  The Arab American National Museum. Dearborn, Michigan.

Sept 2013 | “Memory as Resistance.”  Keynote lecture at the Al-Awda national Conference.  Cleveland, Ohio

April 2013 | “Portraits of Desire & Denial” Public Lecture at the Al-Awda Center. San Diego, CA.

March 2013 | “Portraits of Desire & Denial” Lecture at DIWAN 5 Conference. Presented at the Arab-American  National Museum.  Dearborn Michigan.

June 2012 | “Portraits of Desire & Denial”. Keynote lecture at the conference Displacement, Resistance and Representation: Culture and Power in Contexts of Migrancy.  Queen Mary University of London. London, U.K.

June 2012 | “Visualizing the Presence of Absence in the Palestinian Experience of Exile”.  Lecture at the conference Displacement, Resistance and Representation: Culture and Power in Contexts of Migrancy. Queen Mary University of London. London, U.K.

April 2012 | “Portraits of Desire & Denial”. Public Lecture at the Ba’akleen National Library, Ba’akleen, Lebanon.

March 2012 | “Forgotten Survivors: Reflection on Palestinian Landscapes of Desire & Denial”. Public Lecture at the Birzeit Museum. Birzeit University. Birzeit, Palestine.

Jan. 2012 | “Forgotten Survivors: Reflection on Palestinian Landscapes of Desire & Denial”. Public Lecture at American University of Beirut. Beirut, Lebanon.

May 2011 | Presented a lecture about my drawings, paintings, documentary films and video archives at the Mosaic Rooms Gallery. London, U.K. The lecture was in conjunction with my exhibition “Landscapes of Desire”.

March 2011 | “Artists Intervene in the Realities of War”. Presentation on panel discussion as part of DIWAN 2011. Conference organized by Arab-American National Museum and presented at the City University of New York graduate Center.

Oct 2010 | Discussion of my drawings from the series “Landscapes of Desire” at the University of San Diego. The lecture was presented in conjunction with my exhibition at USD.

Jan 2010 | Discussion of my drawings from the series “Landscapes of Desire” at the California African-American Museum.
Part of the exhibition “An Idea Called Tomorrow.”

Sept 2009 | Screening and discussion of my film “Wounds of the Heart: An Artist and Her Nation.” Part of the conference
“Bearing Exquisite Witness”. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. San Diego.

July 2009 | Screening and discussion of my film “Wounds of the Heart: An Artist and Her Nation.” Al Hoash Gallery for
Palestinian Art. Jerusalem, Palestine.

April 2009 | “Post-Colonialism in Palestine & Post-Zionism in Israel”. Presentation at the conference
“World System Analysis: The Challenges of the 21st Century.” University of San Diego.

April 2009 | Presentation at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery. Discussion of with curator Robyn Smith regarding my work.
Organized in conjunction with the exhibit “Landscapes of Desire”.

Jan 2009 | "Walls of Desire and Denial in Israel/Palestine & U.S./Mexico” Presentation as part of a panel discussion held in conjunction with the exhibit “Deportation Nation.” Centro Cultural De La Raza. San Diego.

Oct 2008 | “From Childhood Through Martyrdom. Reflections on life and Death in Palestine.” Presented at Professor Bahar Davary’s “Comparative Ethics” class for the Peace and Justice Masters Program. University of San Diego.

Oct 2008 | Screening and discussion of my film “The Presence of Absence in the Ruins of Kafr Bir’im.”
University of California, Berkeley.

July 2008 | Participated in a panel discussion organized in conjunction with the exhibition “Enacting Emancipation.”
At A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

May 2008 | “The Artist as Witness.” Presentation as part of an artist panel in conjunction with the exhibition“60 YEARS”.
ARC Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

April 2008 | “The Role of the Artist in Politically Stressed Communities.” Presentation to students and faculty at the Otis College of Art.

April 2008 | “The Artist as Public Servant. ”Presentation at the 10th Continuums of Service Conference. Portland Oregon

April 2008 | Screening and discussion of my film “The Presence of Absence in the Ruins of Kafr Bir’im.” Alwan for the Arts.
New York, New York.

April 2008 | Screening and discussion of my film “The Presence of Absence in the Ruins of Kafr Bir’im.” Ethical Culture
Society of Essex County. Maplewood, New Jersey.

April 2008 | “Guerilla Filmmaking”. Screening of my film “The Presence of Absence in the Ruins of Kafr Bir’im” and discussion
of the political potential of independently made documentary films.

Feb 2008 | Screening and discussion of my film “The Presence of Absence in the Ruins of Kafr Bir’im.” Al-Awda: Palestinian Right of Return Center. Carlsbad, CA

May 2007 | “Creative Strategies of Resistance.” Lecture presented at the “Al-Awda, Palestinian Right of Return”
annual conference.

April 2007 | Presented two lectures at a conference entitled “DIWAN” held at the ArabAmerican National Museum. The first paper was titled “Outsiders on the Inside” and the second paper was “From Dialogue to Action.”

July 2006 | Developed and presented a weeklong drawing workshop on Mapping and Identity to Palestinian artists. Al-Hoash Gallery of Palestinian Art. Jerusalem.

July 2006 | Presented a lecture entitled ‘Desire and Resistance” in which I discussed the evolution of my creative work. Al-Hoash Gallery of Palestinian Art. Jerusalem.

March 2006 | Participated in a Panel Discussion organized in conjunction with the exhibit “Made In Palestine.”
Al Jisser Gallery, New York .

Dec 2005 | California Institute for the Arts. Lecture on my work and the murals I worked on in Palestine during the
summer of 2005.

Sept 2005 | Public Talk given at Gavilan College in conjunction with the exhibit “Piece Process 3”.

Aug 2005 | Public Talk at the Alternative Information Center, discussing the murals painted in Gaza. Jerusalem, Palestine.

Aug 2005 | Lecture about the evolution of my artwork presented at the Union of Palestinian Artists’ Gallery. Ramallah, Palestine.

May 2005 | Lecture given at the symposium “Exploring New Forms and Meanings: The Intersection of Audience, Ideas and Art.” The symposium was organized in conjunction with the exhibit “In / Visible: Contemporary Art by Arab American Artists.” Arab American national Museum. Dearborn, Michigan.

April 2005 | Lecture given at the University of San Francisco in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit “Made In Palestine” at SOMARTS. San Francisco, California.

April 2005 | Public talk given to the “Future Leaders of America Rockefeller Fellows” in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit “Made in Palestine.”

Sept 2002 | Lecture given at the Taylor Library Gallery in conjunction with my exhibit “Relics: Meditations on Decay and Renewal.”

Oct 2001 | Lecture given to the Nevada City Artists and Writers Association. Grass Valley, California.

Nov 2000 | Lecture Given at Founders Gallery in conjunction with my exhibit “Whispers & Echoes.” University of San Diego, San Diego, California.

CONFERENCES, PANELS AND WORKSHOPS I ORGANIZED:

Oct 2013 | “Hope & Conflict in Syria, Egypt and Iran.”  A panel discussion I organized. University of San Diego.

April 1994 | "Living with Dignity/Dying with Dignity: Gays and Lesbians in San Diego Speak About their Community." A panel discussion I organized and chaired.

Sept-Nov 1993 | "The Hopes and Fears of Palestinians and Israelis."
A multi-disciplinary symposium I organized. The conference included lectures, panel discussions, a community forum, poetry readings, an art exhibit, and a film series. The events explored the prospects and prerequisites for the peaceful co-existence of Palestinians and Israelis.

March 1993 | "Critical Problems/Creative Solutions: Preserving the Human and Natural Environment." A multi-disciplinary conference I co-organized. The conference consisted of lectures, panel discussions, musical performance and an interactive art installation. The events explored the environmental crisis from various perspectives.

March 1993 | "Art and Ecology / Art as Ecology." A panel discussion I organized and chaired.

Mar-May 1991 | "The War Show: Houston Voices."  A multi-disciplinary conference I co-organized.  The conference featured
Houston based scholars, artists and writers, and included an art exhibit, a series of panel discussions and a series of readings, focusing on the subject of war in general and the Persian Gulf War in particular.

BOOK CHAPTERS AND ARTICLES:

Forthcoming Summer 2015 | “Inside as an Outsider.”  Essay for the book Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian
Identity in the Diaspora.  Edited by Prof. Yasir Suleiman. Edinburgh University Press.

Forthcoming Fall 2015 | “Sketches from the Margins of Marginalized Communities: Lessons in Survival, Resilience and
Resistance Acquired from Palestinian Refugees.” Chapter for the book Migration Across Boundaries.  Edited by Dr. Parvati Nair and Dr. R. Tendayi Bloom.  Ashgate Publishing.  London.

Forthcoming Fall 2015 | “Journeys of Survivance.”  Chapter for the book The Map is Not the Territory:  Parallel Paths-
Palestinian, Native American and Irish.  Edited by Jennifer Heath.  Backsun Publishing. Colorado.

March 2013 | “Ghosts of Comfort & Chaos.”  John Halaka.  Jadaliyya on-line Journal. 
http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/10784/ghosts-of-comfort-and-chaos.

Fall 2008 | “Outsiders on the Inside.” John Halaka.  Published in the Australian journal Nebula, in an issue devoted to the Palestinian / Israeli conflict.

May 1991 | “Haunting Images of War Linger:  The War Show: Houston Voices, Shares Visions of Horror.”  John Halaka.  Union of Independent Artists Newsletter.  Vol.1 #9. May 1991, cover, p. 1, 5.

July 1991 | “Reflections on The War Show: Houston Voices and Read My Mind.”   John Halaka.
Union of Independent Artists Newsletter. Vol.1 #10. June-July 1991, p. 1, 2. 

GRANTS AND AWARDS:

2011-2012 | Awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to develop film and drawing projects in Lebanon. The projects explored the personal memories and experiences of Palestinian refugees exiled in Lebanon.

2007-2008 | Awarded a University of San Diego project based UNIVERSITY PROFESSORSHIP

2007-2009 | University of San Diego Internationalization of the Curriculum Travel grants

2010-1997 & 1996-1993 | UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO FACULTY RESEARCH GRANTS AND MINI-GRANTS

1993 | CALIFORNIA COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES, THE PRICE FAMILY FUND; I was awarded the two grants listed to organize a multi-disciplinary symposium entitled "The Hopes and Fears of Palestinians and Israelis"

1992 | IRVINE FOUNDATION, FACULTY AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT GRANT; Awarded to carry out a video
art project entitled "Bridges of Identity: Arab-Americans Speak of Their Personal History."

1991 | NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE ARTS; Teacher of "ARTS 91" award

1990 | NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE ARTS; Teacher of "ARTS 90" award

1986 | DALLAS MUSEUM ARTIST GRANT

1977 | JANE GUGGENHEIM WINSLOW FELLOWSHIP


BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Marta Monedero.  Retrato les Absencies del Refugiats Palestins.  El Punt Avui. July 27, 2014. Catalonia, Spain.

Sarah Irving.  Palestinian Artist John Halaka opens Barcelona Exhibit” at Al-Quds Gallery, Washington, D.C.  The Electronic Intifada. http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/sarah-irving/palestinian-artist-john-halaka-opens-barcelona-exhibition

Sarah Irving. Ghost-Like Images Haunt New York Display by Palestinian Artists. April 27, 2015.  The Electronic Intifada.
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/sarah-irving/ghost-images-haunt-new-york-display-palestinian-artists?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=d60ad41aea-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-d60ad41aea-290637425

Valerie Beheiry. The Map Is Not The Territory: Parallel Paths – Palestinians, Native Americans, Irish.  International Journal of Islamic Art.  Volume 4.  Number 1. Spring 2015.

Review of exhibit at Al-Quds Gallery, Washington, D.C. Islamic Arts Magazine: 
http://islamicartsmagazine.com/magazine/view/portraits_of_denial_desire_john_halaka/

“Waging Peace:  Portraits of Denial & Desire.”  Article on exhibit at Al-Quds Gallery, Washington, D.C. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

Kathy Zarur. Translation to Portuguese and republication of article “Art of the Levant.
http://www.contramare.net/site/pt/palestinian-art-and-possibility-made-in-palestine-an-examination/

Podcast of lecture at the Palestine Center’s Gallery AL Quds:
http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/display/ContentDetails/i/43197

Dagmar Painter.  The Map is Not the Territory:  Parallel Paths-Palestinian-Native American-Irish. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. October 2013. http://www.wrmea.org/2013-september/the-map-is-not-the-territory-parallel-paths%E2%80%94palestinians-native-americans-irish.html

Nora Barrows Friedman. I want them to Stand and Look.  Podcast of interview with John Halaka. The electronic Intifada.   
September 11, 2013. http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/i-want-them-stand-and-look-artist-john-halaka-audio?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=3beb2e480a-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-3beb2e480a-290637425

Despina Moutsouris.  Interview With John Halaka. "This Week in Palestine" radio program on WZBC Newton 90.3
FM Boston College radio. September 8, 2013. 46 minutes. http://archive.org/details/TWIP-130908-DM-Halaka

Sarah Irving. Preserving Memory Through Art: An Interview with John Halaka.  The Electronic Intifada. August 30, 2013.
http://electronicintifada.net/content/preserving-palestines-memory-through-art-interview-john-halaka/12728?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=04c55d7e07-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-04c55d7e07-290637425

Sarah Irving. American Curators are Cowards when it Comes to Political Art. The Electronic Intifada. August 25, 2013.
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/sarah-irving/american-curators-are-cowards-when-it-comes-political-art-says-palestinian-artist

John Halaka. Ghosts of Comfort & Chaos. Jadaliyya on-line Journal. http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/10784/ghosts-of-comfort-and-chaos. March 2013.

Participated in an hour-long interview focusing on my artwork. The interview was broadcast on the Boston radio station WZBC on May 13, 2012.

Niam Fleming-Farrell. “Putting an Activist Stamp on Art”. The Daily Star. Lebanon. January 9, 2012. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Culture/Art/2012/Jan-09/159163-putting-an-activist-stamp-on- art.ashx#axzz1it96bJai

Anwar Hamed. John Halaka’s “Landscapes of Desire” and the Persistence of Memory. Exhibition review on the BBC Arabic website. http://www.bbc.co.uk/arabic/artandculture/2011/05/110505_landscape_art_exhibition.shtml.

Michele Lee. An Idea Called Tomorrow. Exhibition Catalogue. Californian African American Museum. 2010

Salwa Mikdadi. New Visions: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century. Transworld Publishing. London. U.K. 2009.

John Halaka. Outsiders on the Inside, published in the Australian journal Nebula, in an issue devoted to the Palestinian / Israeli conflict.

Sonia Nettnin. Film Review: The Presence of Absence in the Ruins of Kafr Bir’im. Znet. http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/16745. March 2008.

Fayeq S. Oweis. Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists. 2007. Greenwood Publishing Company. Portsmith, New Hampshire.

Nathan Gutman. Palestinian Artists Find Venezuelan Ally. The Jewish Daily Forward. June 6, 2007. http://www.forward.com/articles/10895/.

Kathy Zarur. Looking at the Levant. Art in America. September 2006.

James Kalm. Made In Palestine. The Brooklyn Rail. April 2006. http://www.brooklynrail.org/2006-04/artseen/made-in-palestine.

Holland Cotter. Made in Palestine. The New York Times. March 24, 2006.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE6DC1730F937A15750C0A9609C8B63.

Kevin J. Kelley. Looking Homeward: Made in Palestine. Seven Days. November 2, 2005. http://www.sevendaysvt.com/features/2005/looking_homeward/.

Anne Galloway. Palestinian Artists Bring Plight of Their People to Montpellier. Times Argus. October 21, 2005
http://www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051021/NEWS/510210309/1011.

Diane Bell. Professor Paints Mural in Middle-East. San Diego Union Tribune. August 27, 2005. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/bell/20050827-9999-7m27bell.html.

“Piece Process 3”. Exhibition Catalogue. Gavilan College. 2005.

Kate McClellan. In/Visible: Contemporary Art by Arab American Artists. Bidoun, ICONS Issue 05.

Ramsay Short. U.S. exhibition depicts realities of life for Arab-Americans. Daily Star. Beirut, Lebanon. October 13, 2005.

Voices of the Middle East. Khalil Bendid, Host. KPFA-FM, Berkeley. Interview with Susan Greene and myself regarding the murals we painted in Palestine. September 6, 2005.

Electronic Intifada. Israeli Army stops West Bank mural project, citing Gaza disengagement. August 31, 2005. http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article4152.shtml.

Tina Sherwell. Paltel Virtual Gallery of Palestinian Art at Berzeit University. Video taped interview to be posted on the Virtual Gallery’s web site. August 2005. Birzeit, Palestine. http://virtualgallery.birzeit.edu/.

Salwa Mikdadi. In/Visible: Contemporary Art by Arab American Artists. Exhibition Catalogue. Arab American National Museum. 2005.

Maymanah Farhat. In/visible. Dar Al-Hayat. September 19, 2005. http://english.daralhayat.com/culture/09-2005/Article-20050919-6e6eff0a-c0a8-10ed-0026-faf27579aaab/story.html.

Maymanah Farhat. In/Visible Art Exhibit Inaugurates Arab American National Museum. Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. August 2005. P. 50-51. http://www.wrmea.com/archives/August_2005/0508050.html.

Universe in Universe. In/Visible: Contemporary Art by Arab American Artists.
http://www.universes-in-universe.de/islam/eng/2005/11/invisible/.

Onnesha Roychoudhuri. Made in Palestine. Mother Jones. http://www.motherjones.com/arts/feature/2005/05/palestinian_art.html.

Dynamic Art Exhibit Reflects Palestinians' Struggle, Love for Their Homeland. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. July 2005.

Kenneth Baker. Palestinian Show Makes Art out of Grief. San Francisco Chronicle. April 19, 2005. Datebook, page E-2.

Rob Eshelman. Made in Palestine. Electronic Intifada. Posted April 12, 2005. http://electronicIntifada.net/v2/article3754.shtm.

Rob Eshelman. Made in Palestine. Counterpunch. April 8, 2005. http://www.counterpunch.org/eshelman04082005.html.

The World This Weekend. Lorna Jackson, Host. Program consisting of interviews with artists and curators from the “Made In Palestine” exhibit at SOMARTS. Canadian Broadcast Company. CBC Radio One & Radio Two. Aired April 16, 2005.
http://www.cbc.ca/worldthisweekend/.

Robert Avila. History in the Waking. San Francisco Bay Guardian. April 13, 2005.
http://www.sfbg.com/39/28/art_art_made_in_palestine.html.

Jonathan Curiel. Unknown face of Palestinian art. San Francisco Chronicle. April 3, 2005 P.C-3.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/04/03/ING74C1ATK1.DTL.

Forum. Michael Krasny, Host. KQED-FM, San Francisco. Interview with Jim Harrithas, Samia Halaby, Susan Greene and myself. Broadcast live. April 12, 2005.

Up Front. Sandip Roy, Host. KALW-FM, San Francisco. Interview with Susan Greene and myself regarding the “Made in Palestine” Exhibit at SOMARTS. Broadcast April 8, 2005.

Robert Pincus. Matters of the Spirit. The San Diego Union Tribune. January 20, 2005. P. 40-41.

Kelly Thomas. Worshiping at the Altar of Art. Beach & Bay Press. December 23, 2004. P.11.

Station Museum. Made In Palestine. Exhibition Catalogue. Ineri Publishing. Houston, Texas. 2004.

Kris Axtman. An Artistic “Road Map” to progress. The Christian Science Monitor. May 28, 2003. P. 2.

Patricia Johnson. Stirring Exhibit…’Made in Palestine'. The Houston Chronicle. May 17, 2003. P 10D.

Ileana Marcoulesco. Made in Palestine. ARTLIES. Summer 2003, P.78.

Belinda C Hanley. Made in Palestine: A stirring Exhibit Closes in Houston and Hits the Road. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. November 2003.

Troy Schulze. Personae of Persecution. Houston Press. July 3-9, 2003. P.33.

Kelly Klaasmeyer. Peace Through Art. ‘Made in Palestine Humanizes the Middle East Conflict'. The Houston Press. July 31, 2003. P 40.

Delgado, Harithas, Kerschen. Made In Palestine. Exhibition Brochure. 2003. Ineri Foundation. Houston, Texas.

ARTLIFE. The Original Limited Edition Monthly. Volume 23, Number 5. Ventura, California.

Living Arts: Open Journal. Michael Woodson, Producer. KPFT Radio Station. Houston, Texas. Interview with Artists and Curators from the “Made In Palestine” exhibition. Broadcast May 18, 2003 on KPFT Radio, as well as numerous other Pacifica Radio stations and Pacifica affiliate stations.

Mark Elliott-Lugo. San Diego Profiles: John Halaka. San Diego City Access Cable Television, Channel 24. Half- hour interview related to my exhibition “Relics: Meditations on Decay and Renewal.” The interview was broadcast during the month of October and November 2002. San Diego, CA.

Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal. A Handshake Felt in San Diego. San Diego Union Tribune. October 7, 1993, p. B-15.

Erin K. Quirk. USD Symposium to Discuss PLO - Israeli Peace Talks. Vista. September 23,1993, p.1,3. Vol. XXIII, No, III.

Lisetta Levi. "War Show Contains Predictable and Provocative Work." The New Voice. Issue #550. May 10-16, 1991.

John Halaka. The War Show: Houston Voices, Creates Forum For Debate. Union of Independent Artist Newsletter. Vol. 1 #8. March-April 1991, p. 1, 6.

John Halaka. Haunting Images of War Linger. The War Show: Houston Voices, Shares Visions of Horror. Union of Independent Artists Newsletter. Vol.1 #9. May 1991, cover, p. 1, 5.

John Halaka. Reflections on The War Show: Houston Voices and Read My Mind. Union of Independent Artists Newsletter. Vol.1 #10. June-July 1991, p. 1, 2.

Susan Chadwick. Art of the Age, Galleries Boast a New Generation of Talent. The Houston Post. May 21, 1989, p. H-29.

Susan Chadwick. John Halaka, Drawings, at Graham Gallery. The Houston Post. February 21, 1988.

The East End Show. Exhibition Catalogue. 1988.

Susan Chadwick. Texas Art Celebration 88, Group Show of Paintings. The Houston Post. April 10, 1988, p. 4F.

Fran Kalmykov. The East End Show. Lawndale Inquirer. April 1987, p. 10.

Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom. Review. Art Forum. December 1986, p. 121.

Susan Chadwick. Houston Art Season Shaping Up With Notable Shows. The Houston Post. September 21, 1986, p. 4H.

Then, Now & Then...50 Years of U. of H. Art. Exhibition Catalogue. 1985, p. 29.

The East End Show. Exhibition Catalogue. 1984, p. 14.

"Domestic Crude." 1983. Drawings on the inside front and back covers.

Jeff Bray. Five Emerging Artists. Montrose Voice. 1983.

Patricia Johnson. Shows Display Work of Visual Art Competitors. The Houston Chronicle. October 20, 1983, p. 3 Sect. 5.

Nancy Loftis. Art League Exhibits Three U.H.ers' Work. The Daily Cougar. October 27, 1983, p. 5, 7.

Stacy Reed. Diversity Highlights Blaffer Art Exhibit. Montage. June 1, 1983, p. 1, 13.


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