"You know, art can be something which can really disempower people, or it can be a vehicle which can empower people."
Diana Al-Hadid (b. 1981, Allepo, Syria; raised in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BFA (Sculpture) and BA (Art History) from Kent State University (2003), an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (2005), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2007). She has been a resident at the USF Institute for Research in Art (2010), Artist-in-the-Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum (2006), Vermont Studio Center (2006), and Sculpture Space (2005). Awards and honors include grants from The Joan Mitchell Foundation (2001), Nucci Award (2010), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (2009), United States Artists, Rockefeller Fellow (2009), and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2007). Her work has been included in the exhibitions Invisible Cities, MASS MoCA, North Adams (2012); Trace of a Fictional Third, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012); Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas at Austin (2012); 25 Years of Arabic Creativity, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris (2012); Sightings: Diana Al-Hadid, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2011); Play the Wolf Fifth, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, La Conservera, Murcia, Spain (2011); Diana Al-Hadid: Water Thief, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2011); Water Thief, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Disorientation II, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi (2010); Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music (2009); Sharjah Biennial 9, United Arab Emirates (2009); Unveiled: New Art From the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London (2009); Reverse Collider, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York (2008); and Record of a Mortal Universe, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York (2007).