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Nile to the Merrimack - A Selection of Contemporary Art from Egypt

The original art exhibition included digital prints and video work by artists from the Cairo-region of Egypt. Curated and organized by University of Massachusetts Lowell professors Stephen Mishol and Jim Jeffers, and Rasha Ragab, curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, this exhibition provided curators, university scholars and art students an opportunity to understand artwork in an expanded and global context. 

This exhibition was the result of an international partnership initiated during a trip to Egypt coordinated and led by Provost Abdelal in the spring of 2010. This international outreach furthers Chancellor Meehan’s vision of preparing students for global citizenship. 

The partnership between UMass Lowell and institutions in Egypt is significant because it creates a multicultural framework. Dr. Mostafa Kamal, Founder and President of the Higher Institute of Applied Arts in Cairo described his vision of the exhibition as: “Art is the channel for common values, understanding, and coexistence with the aim of goodness, development and peace. We established an important foundation for fruitful cooperation and more understanding between cultures through the medium of visual arts.”