October 27, 2016
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Weyam Ghadbian was raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas by her Syrian immigrant parents who were displaced from Syria for political dissent. She is an artist and freelance graphic designer and has been designing for nearly ten years. Working primarily in social justice and arts organizations, Weyam studied Ethnic Studies and Book Art at Mills College as a Trustee Scholar (BA, 2011). She was trained in graphic design in the Mills Book Art program, which gave her a comprehensive background in typography, letterpress printing, and bookmaking. During her time at Mills, Weyam cut her teeth in print design, creating promotional materials for the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life where she worked as the Chaplain’s assistant, and designing flyers for events related to her work as a student organizer. Weyam continued to hone her graphic design skills while managing cultural and social justice programming at the Arab Cultural and Community Center. She also contributed design work to such community and social justice organizations as Palestinian Youth Movement,┬áthe Syrian Nonviolence Movement, Move to End Violence, and Mideast Youth. In her personal printmaking and book art work, Weyam has been focused on mapping out her lineage through work depicting her spiritual, artistic, and political ancestors.

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