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b. 1969, New York, NY.

Lives and works in New Jersey.



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Dahlia Elsayed’s paintings, prints and artist books have been shown at galleries and art institutions throughout the United States and internationally, including the 12th Cairo Biennale, and solo exhibitions at The New Jersey State Museum, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art and the Jersey City Museum. Her work is in the public collections of The Newark Museum, The Zimmerli Museum, Johnson & Johnson Corporation, New Jersey State Museum, amongst others. Dahlia has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, Visual Studies Workshop, Women’s Studio Workshop, Headlands Center for the Arts, and The NJ State Council on the Arts. She received her MFA from Columbia University, and lives and works in New Jersey. Elsayed is Assistant Professor of Humanities at CUNY LaGuardia Community College.



La Gorce, Tammy. 'Painting with Words, Writing with Color. A Review of Dahlia Elsayed: Hither and Yon at New Jersey State Museum', New York Times, Jan 16, 2014.


Barnes, Julian, “Beyond Signal Flags: The Hidden Codes of Washington D.C.” Wall Street Journal Washington Wire, July 25, 2013.


Mallonee, Laura C. “What Are We Still Mapping For?” Hyperallergic, April 25, 2013

Villalonga, Yuneikys. “On the Arts of Invading Spaces.” Art Experience, Vol. 1, No. 10, Fall 2012, pg 108, illus. 

“Studio Manual.” La Norda Specialo, Number 9, 2012.


“Natural Wonder.” Zocalo Public Square, December 2011.


Wadvalla, Bibi-Aisha. “Cairo Biennale Artists Question the Contemporary.” The Daily News Egypt, Dec 13, 2010, illus.


Bischoff, Dan, "When The Real Becomes the Fantastic", The Star Ledger, Nov. 14, 2010, sec 4, pg 8, illus.


El Kouedi, Yousi. “Art Review: Dahlia Elsayed” Al Aribaya, Nov. 7, 2010, illus.


Genocchio, Benjamin “The Newark Museum at 100 Years Old,” The New York Times, April 5, 2009.


Genocchio, Benjamin “Material Things, Catalogued,” The New York Times, Jan. 28, 2007.


Genocchio, Benjamin “Knots, In Practice and Theory,” The New York Times, March 19, 2006, sec NJ p.18.


Genocchio, Benjamin “The Oil Stain is Not Part of the Exhibit” The New York Times, March 6, 2005, sec NJ, illus.


Genocchio, Benjamin “Images on a Transcultural Highway,” The New York Times, December 12, 2004, sec NJ p.16.


Bischoff, Dan “Crystal Clear Art from Jersey’s Hyphenated Americans” Sunday Star-Ledger, November 7, 2004.

Genocchio, Benjamin “Through a Global Prism,” The New York Times, April 24, 2004, sec NJ p.9


Berwick, Carly “How One Artist Filled the ‘Holes’ Known as New Jersey,” The New York Times, April 27, 2003, sec NJ p.9.

Zimmer, William “The Happy Marriage of Words and Pictures” The New York Times, February 9, 2003, sec. NJ p. 11, illus.

Bischoff, Dan “Her Words Decorate Time and Place” Sunday Star-Ledger, January 19, 2003, sec. 4 p. 6, illus.

2010 - present

2010 - present


Solo Exhibitions




















Hither and Yon, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Navigations in the Present Tense, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

Ideological Tug Of War, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

Possibles, Probables, Ice House Gallery Monmouth University, West Long Branch NJ
The Sticky Parts, S. Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA
Perennial Bloom, BravinLee Programs, Artist Book Program, New York, NY

Orienteering, Palace of Fine Arts, 12th Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt
…And Then Some, Aljira Center For Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
All Of It, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
In Honor Of, Princeton Arts Council, Princeton NJ

For The Realization of Every Wish…, Crybaby Gallery/City of Asbury Park, outdoor public art installation

Periphery, Portlock Black Cultural Center, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

New Work, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY (two person show)
New Prints, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

Talk Back, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland

Dahlia Elsayed, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Gallery, NJ

Monuments of Her Last Year, The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

Dahlia Elsayed, Armenian Library and Museum of America, Watertown, MA,

Dahlia Elsayed, Gallery Of South Orange, South Orange, NJ


Group Exhibitions





































































































Turn of Phrase, presented in Six Features, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY

Ready Or Not, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Promised Land, Transformer Projects, Asbury Park, NJ
In Site:The Creative Process, Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
AIR Show, Center For Book Arts, New York, NY
In This Place, Twilight Gallery, Seattle, WA
Datascapes, Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Wind Up Wonderland, Gateway Projects, Newark, NJ

Introduction, S&J Projects, New York, NY
Contemporary Cartographies, Lehman College, Bronx, NY
The EMO Show, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
Mapnificent, AIGA Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Your Body is a Battleground, Pristine Gallerie, Monterrey, Mexico
Women Redrawing the World Stage, Soho 20 Gallery, New York, NY

Space Invaders, Lehman College, Bronx, NY
The rug pulled out from beneath you; you lie on the floor, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Memory of Here, Memory of There, Rutgers University Institute of Women and Art, NJ
Anywhere but Here, Pelham Arts Center, Pelham, NY
Size Matters, Small Works from the Fine Art Collection, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Through You into Action, Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminister, NJ
Arctic Flow, Index Arts Center, Newark, NJ

The Art of Mapping, TAG Fine Arts, London, UK
Cartographic, Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York, NY
Mapping, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington DC
Ritual, Art In Odd Places Festival, New York, NY
Blah, Blah, Blah, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ
Passport Projects, Submerged Gallery, Newark, NJ
2+2, COAD Gallery, NJ Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

You Are Here: The Psychogeography of the City, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC, NY
Guggenheim You Tube Play, shortlist, Guggenheim Museum, NYC, NY
It’s Personal, Tomasulo Gallery, Union County College, Union, NJ
1001: The Narrative Tradition in Middle Eastern Art, William Paterson University Gallery, Wayne, NJ

Tectonic, Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ
Kuf-Mold-Rotterdam, A-Locatie Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Unbounded: New Art for a New Century, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Flow: Art/Text/New Media, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

Kuf-Mold-Ghent, (site-specific installation) Gallery Jan Colle, Ghent, Belgium
Garden of Delights, Yeosu International Art Festival, South Korea
Orebro Video Art Festival, Orebro Kunsthall, Sweden
The Stories We Tell: Screening, Art in General, New York, NY
Return Home, Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ
Sprawl, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

Noah’s Ark, Shore Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ
Desideratum, Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ
Under_Construction in Venice, curated by Barbara Höffer, Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venice, Italy
Sculpt-tour, Shore Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Branch, NJ
Personal Inventory, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY
Receipts, Redsaw Gallery, Newark, NJ

Personal Geographies, Hunter College Times Sq. Gallery, New York, NY
Science as Muse, Montgomery Center for the Arts, Skillman, NJ
Drawing Stage, curated by E. Carmen Ramos, CWOW, Newark, NJ
Glossollalia, Aferro Gallery, Newark, NJ
100 NJ Artists Make Prints, traveling exhibition, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, Rutgers University, NJ
Monumental, Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ
NJSCA Fellowship Exhibition, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Knots, NJ City State University Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
RCIPP Fellowship Exhibition, Mason Gross Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ

Between Art and Life, Adrian College, Adrian, MI
Viewfinder, Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY
NJ Arts Annual, curated by Beth Venn, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Scope Art Hamptons, South Hampton, NY
Six Degrees of Separation, Black Maria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Emerge Six, curated by Lilly Wei, Aljira, Newark NJ
Girl Talk, The Garage, Jersey City, NJ                 
Weird New Jersey, Here Arts Center, New York, NY

Anthro/Socio, The Artist’s Network Gallery, New York, NY
Phantom Limb, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL
Starring…, Gerber Seid Fine Art, New York, NY
Drawings, curated by Edsel Williams, The Green Barn, Sagaponack, NY
The Crystal Land, curated by Raul Zamudio, Aljira, Newark NJ
Synopsis 10, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ
Unveiling the Image, NJ Center for Visual Art, Summit NJ

Modelarnia, Gdansk, Poland

Arvest 2002 Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles CA
3rd International Gyumri Biennial, Armenia
Center for Contemporary and Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia
Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Ritz Carlton Hotel Battery Park, New York, NY
(130 works commissioned for their permanent collection)
The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ,

Locust Projects, Miami, FL
ArtReach: The Exhibition, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
When Two Become One, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ
Women Metal Artists: Pen & Brush, New York, NY
4PLY Cooperative Exhibition, New York, NY

Passion, Richard Anderson Fine Arts, New York, NY
American Sentences, Union City, NJ
New Members Show, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ
United Arts Council, Naples, Florida

The Metro Show, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ
National Book Arts Show II, Fine Arts Center, Taos, NM
Image/Mileage, Union City, NJ

Union Hill Studios-Group Show, Union City, NJ

Open Book IV, Art & The Written Word, New York, NY

Open Book III, Art & The Written Word, New York, NY

Women of Steel, Skyline College, San Bruno, California                 
Open Book II, Art & The Written Word, New York, NY


Rydiger, Monika, Cartographers of Other Spaces, International Cultural Centre Krakow, 2013, illus.

Elliot-Dark, Alice, “Dahlia Elsayed”, All Of It (exhibition catalogue), Gallery Aferro Publications, 2010.

Harmon, Kitty, The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, Princeton Architectural Press, 2009 illus.


Oweis, Fayeq, Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, illus.


Lindenbaum, Joanna. Personal Geographies (exhibition catalogue), Nov. 2006.


Wei, Lilly “On Locations,” Aljira Emerge 6 Exhibition Catalogue, January 2006

Venn, Beth. Place of Mind (exhibition catalogue), Montclair Art Museum, 2005.


Zamudio, Raul “The Crystal Land Revisited,” Transcultural NJ: Diverse Artists Shaping Culture and Communities, Rutgers University Press, 2004 pp.94-100, illus.





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