biography

Nada Romanos Abizaid was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and is currently living in McLean, VA. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC, and was presented with The Sophie Z. Winston Award for Excellence in Graphic Design. Working thereafter as a graphic designer in Beirut, her focus was primarily on corporate identity, print design and packaging. She designed two banknotes (in circulation in Lebanon since 1994) and a commemorative medal that are part of the Lebanese Central Bank Museum permanent collection. 

Her passion for working with clay started in 2002. Initially, her style in ceramics was influenced by her training as a graphic designer and depicted clean lines, slabs, and geometric shape inspired murals, at times incorporating metal to the artwork. Since moving to the US she is drawn to observing nature on the East Coast and in the West, exploring nature reserves, hiking in aspen groves, and enjoying winter scenes. Her appreciation for nature's organic and ever-changing state and seasonal mutation led to a less structured artistic expression and the creation of stoneware sculptural nature inspired forms. Blair Meerfeld, artist and Art League Ceramics Department Chair in Alexandria, VA, was a great influence and mentor throughout her growth as a ceramic artist. Nada is an active participant in regional arts exhibits and has received awards for her ceramics artworks.

features

MFA Wil Talk. The show was hosted by Wil Scott, art historian, with an extensive career in photography, and former head of adult programs for the National Gallery of Art.
April 20, 2021.
https://youtu.be/wT2tfhDFHzE

Feature on The Art League social media page - November 24, 2020

Q & A with Award Winner Nada Abizaid
The Dennis Davis Award for Best in Show, Ceramics
The Art League - February 26, 2014

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Write-up about winning Lebanese banknotes designs

The Corcoran School of Art, The Rag - September 1994

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Nada Romanos Abizaid: Solo Exhibit at Espace SD, Beirut, Lebanon

L'Orient Le Jour - June 24, 2004

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Write-up about selected graphic design work for NASA

The Corcoran School of Art, The Rag - January 1993

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exhibitions & more

  • MFA Fall Member Show, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD - Juror: Chanel Compton. September 22 to October 16, 2021

  • Corporate Connections 2021, MGM National Harbour & MFA Curve Gallery - Designers' Choice Purchase Award, Jurors: Katalin Farnandy, Marcy Sagel and Emily Vaughan, artwork acquired by MGM National Harbour. September 15 to October 31, 2021

  • August 2021 Open Exhibit, The Art League, Alexandria, VA - Juror: Martha Kennedy. August 11 to Sept 5, 2021 

  • The Art League Student/Faculty Show, Alexandria, VA - The Jennie Lea Knight Creativity Award, Juror : Mary Proenza. May 12 to June 13, 2021

  • May Open Exhibit, The Art League, Alexandria, VA - Honorable Mention, Juror: Audrey Miller. May 6 to June 7, 2021

  • Flora or Fauna, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons Island, MD - Juror: Jack Rasmussen. April 1 to May 15, 2021

  • Collector's Choice, Maryland Federation of Art, March 2021

  • Line by Line, Artists Interpret Poetry, The Art League, Alexandria, VA - Juror: Jordann Wine. March 10 to April 4, 2021

  • 53rd Patrons' Show, The Art League fundraiser - February 2021

  • Winter Member Show, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD - Honorable Mention, Juror: Erin Lehman. January 6 to 30, 2021

  • December 2020 Open Exhibit, The Art League, Juror: Mark Bischel. December 4, 2020 to January 3, 2021

  • In The Box, Maryland Foundation of Art fundraiser, Nov - Dec 2020

  • "Feast" November 2020, The Art League, Alexandria, VA - Honorable Mention, Juror: Anki King. November 5 to 30, 2020

  • October 2020 Open Exhibit, The Art League, Alexandria, VA - Honorable Mention, Juror: Raymond Padron. October 7 to November 1, 2020

  • Elemental:Earth, Fire, Water, Air, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD - Juror: Yikui Gu. October 15 to November 30, 2020

  • Mid Fall Madness, Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD. October 9 to 23, 2020

  • A light in the DarknessOnline Exhibition, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA. March to November 2020

  • The Art League Student/Faculty Show, Alexandria, VA. February 2020

  • The Art League Student/Faculty Show, Alexandria, VA. February 2015

  • The Art League Student/Faculty Show, Alexandria, VA. February 2014 - Dennis Davis Award, Best in Ceramics

  • The Art League Student/Faculty Show, Alexandria, VA. February 2013

  • Reshaping The Natural, Solo Show, Espace SD, Beirut, Lebanon. June 2004