BORN: 1962




BFA, Architectural Design, Massachusetts College Of Arts, 1986

AA, General Studies, Yakima Community College, 1983



2018  Reconstructed Blueprints, University of Michigan, June 18 – September 9, Ann Arbor, MI

2017  Constructs (Noun), University of Michigan North Campus, September 8 – December 12, Ann Arbor, MI

2015  Adnan Charara: Recent Works, Carr Center, January 22 – March 21, Detroit, MI

2014  Elements of Whimsy, N'Namdi Gallery, September 12 – October 25, Detroit, MI

2014  New Directions, The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, May 2 – June 6, Washington, DC

2012  The Story of the Hammer, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, May 18 – July 7, Birmingham, MI

2011  Adaptability, Kenneth Paul Lesko Galle­ry, March 18 – May 14, Cleveland, OH

2010  The Artist and His Prototypes, Gurari Collections, September 24 – October 24, Boston, MA

2010  Hueman, The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, March 5 – April 2, Washington DC

2009  Circles and Cycles, Stars and Lollipops, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, October 23 – December 15, Pendleton, OR

2009  Who Are We?, Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Padzieski Art Gallery, September 24 – November 7, Dearborn, MI

2009  Without Borders, Maurice Sternberg Galleries, May 1 – June 30, Chicago, IL

2008  Osmosis I & II, Sheehan Gallery, Olin Hall, Whiteman College, October 15 – November 16, Walla Walla, WA

2008  Letters Home, Art Space of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, May 4 – July 19, Kohler, WI

2008  Osmosis I, Northville Art House, May 2 – May 25, Northville, MI

2007  Juxtaposed, Arab American National Museum, March-May 2007, Dearborn, MI

2003  Monotypes, Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI

1997  Brush of History, Gallery, Lowell, MA

1995  Visual Metaphors, Lowell Gallery, MA

1992  Recent Drawings & Etchings, Whistler House Museum of Arts, Lowell, MA



2018  Affordable Art Fair, September 27 – September 30, New York, NY

2017  Scenes Comiques | Scenes Tragiques, Galerie Camille, October 20 – December 20, Detroit, MI

2017  Adnan Charara and Michel Erussard: Yuxtaposiciones, sushipointibiza Art Gallery, June 30 – July, Ibiza, Spain

2016  Scenes & Types, Sheehan Gallery, Olin Hall, Whitman College, January 29 – April 14, Walla Walla, WA

2016  Big Sculpture @ The Factory, 333 Midland, September 16 – October 22, Detroit, MI

2015  The New International Society: Exhibition 1, Galerie Torstrasse161, May 1 – May 5, Berlin, Germany

2014-15  New Art 2.0, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, October 30 – February 8, Indianapolis, IN

2010  Neo Pangea: An Exploration of Cultural Hybridity, University of Essex, April 27 – May 22, London, UK

2009  Inside/Outside and Other Oxymorons, Levantine Cultural Center, June 20 – July 31, Los Angeles, CA

2009  Group Exhibition, Maurice Sternberg Galleries, Chicago, IL

2008  Printer’s Trifecta: Three Print Portfolios, Pendleton Center for the Arts,  February 29 – March 28, Pendleton, OR

2007  WHY, University of Michigan School of Art & Design, 17 November – 26 January, Detroit, MI

2007  Susan Maasch Gallery, Portland, ME

2006  Technology and the Culture of Fear, April 2006. Madison, WI

2005  Reinterpreting the Middle East: Beyond the Historical stereotype, The Corcoran College of Art & design, Washington, DC

2005  Journeys and Distances, Padzieski Art Gallery, Dearborn, MI

2005  Historical Stereotyping, Sission Gallery, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

2004  Ashmore Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

2004  Works on Paper, Armory, NYC, NY. Boss Fine Arts.

2003  New England Print Fairs, Boston, MA

2003  Diversity in Harmony, Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI

2002  Woods Gallery, Huntington Woods, MI

2001  Works on Paper, Armory, NYC, NY. Boss Fine Arts,

2000  New England Print Fairs, Boston, Galerie Camille

2000  Works on Paper, Armory, NYC, NY. Boss Fine Arts

2000  The Michigan Modernism Exposition, Southfield, MI

1999  Art Space II, Birmingham, MI

1999  Water, Arnold Klein Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

1996  Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA

1995  Anisworth Gallery, Boston, MA



Osmosis I & II: The Art Of Adnan Charara, by D.M. Forbes in conjunction with the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, 2008

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, May/June issue, pg.3

The Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, WI, ‘Letters Home’ exhibition at Art space Kohler, June 19, 2008

The Journal Newspaper, Northville, Michigan, “Art Walk to feature ‘humorous’ painter”, by Jennifer Busch, April 24, 2008

The Detroit News , Detroit, MI, Marketplace, “This junk finds a better life”, by Judith Solomon, November 24, 2007,

MetroTimes, Detroit, Michigan, “Tried and True” by Nadia Abou-Karr, April 18, 2007

Online publication,, “Interview” by Nick Sousanis, April 5, 2007

Online publication,, “Juxtaposed!” by Dolores Slowinski, April 5, 2007

Arte East, January 2006 News by Maymanah Farhad

Al Jadid Summer 2005, By Fayeq Oweis, “Adnan Charara’s Art Inspired by Styles, Symbols of Identity.” Pg. 21

Living Artists 13th Edition, ArtNetwork Press, 2003

Shirley McLellan,” Two Artists share their world view at new exhibit,” The Daily Tribune,

January 11, 2002, Section B, p.3B.

Staff NY Arts Magazine, “ Adnan Charara.” NY ARTS Magazine, Feb..2001. vol. 6 #2, p.77

Rosemary Noon, “Visual Metaphors,” Lowell Office Of Cultural Affairs, Aug/Sep, 1993

Randi Stone, “Artist uses Whimsy as social comments,” The Lowell Sun, April 23, 1992 p.23



2012Arab-American Stories, Detroit Public TV, April 2012

2007Why we make creative work, from the people who make it| Work Detroit

2006Adnan Charara, A film by Kathy Zarur, November 2006

2005Artbeat, Detroit Public TV, November 20, 2004



Arab American Chamber of Commerce

23rd Annual Mayor’s Art Award, Dearborn Community Arts Council

Wayne County Council for the Arts, History and Humanities Recognition Awards

Lowell Office of Cultural Affairs

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



July 2014  Panel Discussion, Concert of Colors

2008-2013  Board Member, Detroit Institute of Arts, Department of the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World



Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Williamette University, Salem, OR

Essex University, London, UK

City of Brighton, MI

The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, Washington, DC

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, Pendleton, OR

Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital, Detroit, MI

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

Russian Embassy, Sierra Leone, West Africa

Whistler House Museum Of Arts, Lowell, MA

Rhode Island Black Heritage Society Museum, Providence, RI

South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, MA

Detroit Institute Of Art, Detroit, MI

University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI

Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

The Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, DC