Architecture Graduate is a Finalist in International Art Competition

Published on Wed, October 11, 2017


Poshya Kakil Ahmed, Scranton, a graduate of the University’s School of Architecture, is a finalist in the ARTISTE International Art Organization for her work titled, “Tawa Malak-Peacock Angel.” The piece was chosen for award from Ms. Ahmed’s exhibition at the University, which was titled, “The Shadow of ISIS.” The juried exhibition “Transformation” 2017 concentrates on three aspects of transformation including: social, personal, and beauty. The exhibit will be on display at the Gallery MC, 549 West 52nd Street, New York, N.Y., from October 11 through October 26, 2017, with an opening reception on October 13, 2017, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Ms. Ahmed’s works tell the stories of victims of sexual violence by ISIS. Her exhibition at Marywood in 2015 was set up so that the shadows of the works were larger than the pieces to signify the repercussions of the ISIS abuse long after the violence occurs. Ms. Ahmed was inspired by the stories of the young women in her home country of Kurdistan.

 “I worry for the futures of the young women of Kurdistan. I couldn’t be silent any more. I needed to find a way to tell the stories, and, as a graduate of the architecture program at Marywood University, I knew that the language of art was the best way for me to do that,” said Ms. Ahmed.

ARTISTE International Art Organization is a platform with a global peacemaking mission to connect people of diverse cultures, origins, and legacies through art. For additional information about the juried exhibition, “Transformation” 2017, please visit Gallery MC.