Najjar Abdul-Musawwir is Professor of Studio Art and Art History in the School of Art and Design and is affiliated with the Department of Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has been the host of WSIU PBS TV show, Expressions. Most recently he was in residence at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Warren M. Robbins Library, in Washington, DC. He was an Artist-n-Residence and exhibiting artist at N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI; and an Artist-n-Residency/exhibit at Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery, Penang Island, Malaysia. He has had an invitational solo exhibition at Fine Art Gallery at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey; participated in Black Creativity Exhibition at Illinois Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL; TELLING TALES: Narrative Threads of Contemporary African American Art at Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL; and Panafest Art Exhibition at Cultural Art Center, Cape Coast, Ghana.