Director and Curator
American University Museum
The planning of this exhibition attracted a cast of dynamic and committed individuals. APEAL, the Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon, has been blessed with the active support and generosity of many friends and colleagues, who together enabled us to mount an exhibition of Lebanese Contemporary art, the first of its kind, at an American museum. Our deepest gratitude goes to Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the Katzen Center (American University, Washington D.C.) and to his team, Stephanie Fedor, Bruce Wick and Anne Miller Lee. We feel fortunate to have been given this unique space to display our artists’ work. Jack’s guidance and critical sensitivity were instrumental and essential in the choice of the theme that lies at the heart of this project. His involvement and enthusiasm were total from the get go and throughout the process.