Converse College will host the exhibition “Transatlantic Collaborations,” featuring the work of Tunisian artist Hamadi Ben Sâad and North Carolina artist Ray Cooper, from February 17 – March 11 in Milliken Gallery. An art lecture and opening reception will be held on February 17, with the lecture from 6:15 PM – 7 PM in Daniel Recital Hall in Blackman Music Building and the reception from 7 – 8:30 PM in Milliken Gallery. The gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM and on Sunday from 2 – 5 PM.
The two artists have exhibited together both in Tunisia and Europe, and have won numerous awards in the U.S. and abroad.
Hamadi Ben Sâad is a painter who was invited to include work in the opening of the new Paul Klee Museum in Bern, Switzerland. He is also a great humanitarian who has worked with street children on several United Nations sponsored projects. His murals, collages and paintings are featured in municipal buildings throughout Tunisia.
Originally from the West Coast, Ray Cooper has exhibited widely in the San Francisco area, where he has won a number of awards for his abstract landscapes. He currently has work in private collections in the US, Africa and Europe. Cooper travels frequently to Tunisia, where he finds inspiration not only in the country’s landscapes and people but also in his conversations with Hamadi Ben Sâad.