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You may find him sewing, painting, working with wax or making tiles which are not tiles at all. Kanaan Kanaan’s colorful art exudes a cultural pride and carries a purpose: to encourage different cultures to open up and talk.

This program is going to be re-run on August 26th, 8PM on Art Beat, OPB TV.

First Broadcast: March 25th, 2010
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer: Tom Shrider
Editor: Lisa Suinn Kallem

Appeared in episode: Kanaan Kanaan, Painter Jennifer Mercede

Kanaan Kanaan on Art and Diversity

Submitted by Kathleen Stephenson on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 5:45pm

Categories: Culture/Arts Program date: Wed, 02/03/2010Program: Political Perspectives

Host Kathleen Stephenson interviews local artist Kanaan Kanaan, a native of Palestine now living and working in Portland. He will address the impact of cultural diversity in art in “From the Middle East to America: A Journey in Personal Artistic Expression,” a free seminar hosted by Portland State University and the PSU Art Department Diversity Committee on Tuesday, February 9th, at 6pm in the

Interviews and Articles

“The Wilderness Journey”

“The Wilderness Journey”— A Christian, Muslim

and Jew Build Bridges through Art and
Friendship (panel discussion).

12 to 2 p.m. at
First Congregational Church, 126 SW Park Ave.,

“The Wilderness Journey” is an art exhibit exploring the connections and common ground between Jews, Muslims and Christians; the exhibit will show during the entire month of October at the First Congregational Church. The three participating artists—Anne Shams, Rhoda London and Kanaan Kanaan—will hold a panel discussion about the project. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and endorsed by EMO and P’Nai Or Jewish Congregation.


October 10
Vol. 37, No. 2
Portland, Oregon

“Beauty as Common Ground”

October 15, 2005

Oregonian: Portland, Oregon
“Beauty as Common Ground,”

by Nancy Haught, Religious Editor

“Each faith tradition has a strong history of ecumenical tolerance and of work on behalf of social justice, peace, and ecological stewardship,” says Portland artist Anne Barber-Shams, who conceived of the exhibit and recruited Kanaan and Shahna Lax, of Crestone Colorado, to take part. “We all share a conviction that reconciliation of the three traditions of the Abrahamic faiths is possible if we can embrace our common ground.”

Newshour PBS

Palestinian Artist in Portland Encourages Cultural Conversation

You may find him sewing, painting, working with wax or making tiles which are not tiles at all. Kanaan Kanaan's colorful art exudes a cultural pride and carries a purpose: to encourage different cultures to open up and talk.

Artist’s fundraiser to support Muslim schools


The Times, Nov 12, 2009, Updated Nov 12, 2009 (2 Reader comments)

ART WITH A MESSAGE – Portland artist Kanaan Kanaan puts the finishing touches on his newest art project, “The Graceful names of Allah,” by dipping the edges of the artwork in black wax.

When it comes to his art, Portland artist Kanaan Kanaan is focusing on his faith and his community.

“This is how I see myself contributing to the community,” said Kanaan. “I feel an obligation as an American to contribute whatever I can.”

Bits 'n' Pieces: Trio of North Bank artists partner for show

By Columbian Staff

Monday, March 29, 2010

Next month North Bank Artists Gallery in downtown Vancouver will highlight the work of three artists, James Torson, Suzy Kitman and Kanaan Kanaan, in a show titled “Recent Work Times Three.” The show runs April 1 to May 1. There will be an opening reception during First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. April 2.


2013 "Influx From the Middle East", INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR

2013  “Bits 'n' Pieces" feature, The Columbian

2013 “Two-day event looks at modern day Middle East and American stereotypes of  Islamand Islam culture”, The Siskiyou

2012 “Sacred Language” feature, The Vanguard

2012 “Passing,” Polk County Cultural Coalition
2012“Global Crossroads” (Ch. 27) with Bryan Hull (Portland Community College)

2011  Feature on international students volunteering at the St. Francis Dining Hall, Catholic Sentinel

2011 “Art exhibit provokes compassion, sympathy for others”, The Linfield Review

2011 “International Students in Oregon” – OPB Radio, Think Out Loud

2010  "Born in a refugee camp, Kanaan Kanaan uses art to see a common humanity," The Oregonian

2010  “Bits 'n' Pieces” feature, The Columbian

2010   Oregon Public Broadcasting, "Art Beat" TV show feature (picked up by Jim Lehrer's national PBS show, "NewsHour")

2010  “On Art and Diversity,” KBOO radio

2009  “Graceful Names” art exhibit and fundraiser, The Tigard/Tualatin Times

2007 “Passing,” KBOO radio

2006  “Image vs. Word,” The Beaverton Valley Times

2006  “Similarities between Christianity and Islam,” Catholic Sentinel

2006  “Honoring Similarities,” The Oregonian

2006  “Muslim Culture Celebrates,” The Portland Observer
2005“Beauty as Common Ground,” The Oregonian

2005 “Jewish, Islamic, Christian influences,” Jewish Review

2004 “Religious complications,” The Oregonian