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Feb 7, 2020
Apr 18, 2020
141 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
10:00 am  - 5:00 pm

Humaira Abid (b. Lahore, Pakistan, active Seattle, WA) is well known for her unique visual language, which blends sculpture in wood with her twist on traditional Mughal miniature painting. Abid’s occupation with woodcarving, a male-dominated field, reflects her commitment to challenging stereotypes. The beauty and mastery of her carvings of prosaic objects, ripe with subtext, belie the violence, cruelty, upheaval, and instability in society, especially that to which women are subject.


Searching for Home presents a human-scaled look at the worldwide refugee crisis focusing on the plight of women and girls, who make up a disproportionate percentage of the millions of people who have fled their home countries as a result of political conflict and strife, ethnic cleansing and persecution, domestic abuse, and crimes against humanity.


The works in Searching for Home demonstrate the artist’s ability to tread a narrow line between provocation and mastery in a material discipline. The exhibition includes new works, including an interactive piece that encourages storytelling and the sharing of personal narratives.


Searching for Home was organized by Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA.

A publication complimenting the exhibition will be available for purchase.



First Fridays | Feb 7, March 6, April 3 | 5 – 9 PM at the Center

Gallery talk with the artist and curator | Fri, Feb 7 | 6 – 7 PM followed by opening reception at the Center

A Conversation with Humaira Abid, Jennifer-Navva Milliken (Artistic Director, The Center for Art in Wood), and Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art (PAFA) | Sat, February 8 | 3:30 – 4:30  PM at the Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts | $15, free for members of the Center and PAFA

Young Artist Speakers Series: Wit López | Wed, March 4 | 6 – 8 PM at the Center

International Women’s Day at the Center | Sat, March 7 | 2 – 4 PM at the Center

Closing Event for Searching for Home panel discussion | Sat, April 18 | 2 – 4 PM at the Center


Please check the Center’s website and social media for news on programs and events!



Humaira Abid: Searching for Home was organized by Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Jennifer-Navva Milliken. Works in this exhibition were made possible in part by grants to the artist from 4Culture and Artist Trust, with support from Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) of Seattle.

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