participants in eventAssociate Professor of Art History Kathy Zarur, known to her students as Dr. Z, has been selected to participate in different Bay Area art conversations in Fall 2021.

The Zamin Project|Bridging SWANA (South West Asia and North African)

Art Community in the Bay Area

Saturday, August 28thRecording available at:

Supported by the California Arts Council and presented by the Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland, this panel discussion gathered SWANA Artists, Educators, Scholars, and Art Leaders in the Bay Area around the question – How Can We Create Our Own Resources? SWANA art leaders, including Dr. Z, gathered to advance solutions for enriching the Bay Area community and beyond.

San Francisco Lives / Live Talks
Denise Sullivan in conversation with Kathy Zarur, art historian

Sunday, September 12th, 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Z will join San Francisco Examiner columnist Denise Sullivan as part of her series of discussions with The City’s arts and cultural leaders . . . Events are live streamed from Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park. You will find the stream on Bird & Beckett’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

This event will expand on Denise Sullivan’s 2019 interview with Professor Zarur


In addition to her role as Associate Professor of Art History at Skyline College, Dr. Kathy Zarur is and a curator and conference organizer. In this role, Dr. Z has projects percolating, so look for more information on this later.

Professor Zarur’s exhibitions consider topics that relate to land and place, such as belonging, indigeneity, diaspora, migration, and alliance-building. Her recent exhibitions include:

  • Preoccupations: Palestinian Landscapes
    • (Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco and Holding House, Detroit, 2019-2020)
  • side by side/in the world
    • (San Francisco Arts Commission, 2019)
  • Betweenscapes
    • (SOMArts for Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center/Kearny Street Workshop, 2018)
  • Where Is Here
    • (Museum of the African Diaspora, 2016-2017)

She also organizes conferences about pedagogy and holes in the art historical record such as:

  • Chinese Painting Here, Then and Now
    • (San Francisco State University/Asian Art Museum, 2020)
  • Teaching Art of the Middle East and Islamic World
    • (San Francisco State University/de Young, 2017)
  • Zones of Representation
    • (SF Camerawork, 2016)

Dr. Z has published articles in Art in America and Broadsheet. Her essay on Palestinian photographer Yazan Khalili appears in the edited volume Why Are They So Afraid of the Lotus, published by the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and Sternberg Press in 2021. You can also see Professor Zarur on the panel of the Spring 2021 Skyline College Stories of Transformation Film Festival – Vital Voices: Transformative Stories of Middle Eastern Women –

Professor Zarur holds a PhD in Art History and certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. When she is not participating in panels and interviews, you will find her online teaching ART 101 – Art History I, ART 105 – Art of Asia & the Near East, and ART 117 – Art of Africa and the African Diaspora.

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