BORN: 1962




BFA, Architectural Design, Massachusetts College Of Arts, 1986

AA, General Studies, Yakima Community College, 1983



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2008Osmosis I & II, Sheehan Gallery, Olin Hall, Whiteman College, Oct. 15 – Nov.16, Walla Walla, WA

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

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

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

2003Monotypes, Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI

1997Brush of History, Gallery, Lowell, MA

1995Visual Metaphors, Lowell Gallery, MA

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



2015The New International Society: Exhibition 1, May 1 – May 5, Gallery 161, Berlin, Germany

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

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

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

2009Group Exhibition, Maurice Sternberg Galleries, Chicago, IL

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

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

2007Susan Maasch Gallery, Portland, ME

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

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

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

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

2004Ashmore Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

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

2003New England Print Fairs, Boston, MA

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

2002Woods Gallery, Huntington Woods, MI

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

2000New England Print Fairs, Boston, Galerie Camille

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

2000The Michigan Modernism Exposition, Southfield, MI

1999Art Space II, Birmingham, MI

1999Water, Arnold Klein Gallery, Royal Oak, MI

1996Whistler House Museum of Art, Lowell, MA

1995Anisworth 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