Sherin Giurguis



Sherin Giurguis received her BFA from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997 and her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001. She was born in Luxor, Egypt in 1974 and now lives in Los Angeles, CA where she is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Fine Art at the University of Southern California.

Sherin’s work engages both formal and social concerns by juxtaposing the reductive Western language of minimalist aesthetics with that of Eastern Arabic ornamentation. The work attempts to problematize the history of decoration and ornamentation and its relationship with social structures, cultural identity and Women’s agency.

Currently, Sherin’s work is featured in the Rogue Wave exhibition at LA Louver Gallery, Venice CA. She will have her first international solo exhibition at The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE in October 2013.  In 2012, she was part of a two-person exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and her work was featured in the 2010 California Biennial. Select solo exhibitions include, Duwamah at Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA 2012 and Qasr El Shoaq at LAXART in Los Angeles, CA, 2010.  Group exhibitions include Encounter: The Royal Academy in the Middle East, at the Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar; Quadruple Consciousness at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; Tessellation Make Up at CDA Projects, Istanbul, Turkey and Sweethearts at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK. Sherin has also participated in a series of public programs in conjunction with the American presentation at the 11th Cairo Biennale in 2008. Reviews and features have examined her work in ArtForum, Brownbook Magazine, Canvas Magazine, Flash Art, Beautiful/Decay, Los Angeles Times, Artweek and the Huffington Post, among others. In 2012, she was awarded several prestigious grants and fellowships including, the California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship, the Artists’ Resources for Completion Grant and the Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. Her work is included in several private and public collections, including the Orange County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Art, Houston.