Amira Hegazy creates art, books, poems and interactive experiences that are based in manipulate cultural symbols and domestic spaces to produce art that addresses political and social issues. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois though she is a native of Milford, Michigan where she grew up between traditional American and Egyptian cultures. Amira's experiences with racial and gender based discrimination inform her work and motivate her activism. 
 
Amira is an MFA candidate in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2015 with a BA in Studio Art and Sociology and honors in International Immersion. Social science and research continue to be an important part of her artistic practice. Amira works as an artist, letterpress printer, educator, and rare book conservator. She has exhibited her work at the International Print Center of New York, The William King Museum of Art and other venues internationally. 
 
Amira is the proprietor of Statement Press where she creates prints and artist books alone and in collaboration with other artists and writers. 

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Education:
2020: M.F.A.; Printmedia; School of The Art Institute Of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2017: Non-Degree, The History of European & American Papermaking; Rare Book School, Charlottesville, VA
2015: B.A.; Studio Art; Sociology and Anthropology; Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
2013: Non-Degree, Study Abroad; Arabic Language, MENA Politics and Culture; The American University in Cairo; Cairo, Egypt
2010: Summer Institute Residency Program; Writing and Visual Arts; School of The Art Institute of Chicago;Chicago, IL

 

Professional Experience:
2015–Present Proprietor, Statement Letterpress + Design, LLC
2018–Present Collections Assistant, Flaxman Library Special Collections
2016–2018 Collections Assistant, Summer Educational Assistant, Rare Book School
2016–2017 ArtsFusion Specialist, Alzhiemers Association
2015–2016 Graphic Designer, Lexington Coffee Roasters
2013–2015 Printmaking Studio Student Assistant, Washington and Lee University

 

 

Grants and Recognition:

2020:

Student Leadership Award, School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago

Graduate Dean's Professional Development Award, School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago

Teaching Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Dean’s Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SAIC Incentive Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2019:
Clay Morrison Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Teaching Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Dean’s Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
SAIC Incentive Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


2018:
Teaching Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Dean’s Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
SAIC Incentive Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2015:
Phi Beta Kappa Society, Washington and Lee University
Certificate of International Immersion, Washington and Lee University
Leyburn Grant for Anthropological Research, Washington and Lee University

 

2014:
Student Summer independent Research Grant, Washington and Lee University
Carnegie-Mellon Grant for the Endowment for International Education, Washington and Lee University

 

Solo Exhibitions:
2019:

Case Gallery MFA Showcase, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2017:
45: 45 Posters, 45 Hours, 45th President; Blue Phoenix, Lexington, VA

 

Select Group Exhibitions:
2020:

Artists Run Chicago 2.0, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Online MFA Exhibition: The Future Of Our Plans, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2019:
Anything But Books: A Book Show, 062, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
Ideal Realities, SAIC Open Studios, School Of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Remnants, Neiman Center Lobby, School Of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Abandoned Practices and Endangered Uses Performance Showcase, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
American Life, Oaklahomo, Chicago, IL

 

2018:
40 Under 40, Shanendoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, VA

 

2017:
Pop-Up Art Show, Lexington Collabratory & Makerspace, Lexington, VA
The Whitethorn Project, The Courthouse Gallery, Auginish Island, Gallaway, Ireland
Beyond Printmaking, Nelson Gallery, Lexington, VA
Juried Winter Printmaking Exhibition, Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Waynesboro, VA

 

2016:
Cherry Bounce Show, The William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Va
Experimental, Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA
Decade, Staniar Gallery, Lexington, VA

 

2015:
Commedia: New Prints 2016/Winter, Selected by Tomas Vu, ICPNY, New York, New York
Senior Thesis Exhibition, Staniar Gallery, Lexington, VA
Science, Society, and the Arts Exhibition, Wilson Atrium, Lexington, VA


2014:
In Absence of a Blog, Villa Pieve, Corciao, Perugia, Italy
Drawing Italy, Wilson Atrium, Lexington, VA
Junior Seminar Exhibition, Wilson Atrium, Lexington VA

 

2012:
Juried Student Exhibition, Wilson Atrium, Lexington, VA

 

Chapbooks and Artist Books:

2020:

From The Bottom, Amira Hegazy, Edition of 3

2019:
Sorehead, A digital Font Specimen Book, Amira Hegazy, Edition of 100
Learning But Never Knowing by Rachel Austin, Amira Hegazy and Sholeh Asgary, Edition of 200

 

2017:
Songs of Life by Jeanne Hamilton Troast, Edition of 25
leaves by Leigh Ann Beavers, Edition of 50

 

2015:
At Kishamish by Ursula K. Le Guin, Edition of 50

 

2013:
Haunted by Amira Hegazy, unique

 

2010:
Knots by Amira Hegazy, unique

 

Exchange Portfolios:

2020:

Parenthesis #39, Fine Press Book Association, New York, NY

2016:
SGCI Flux Members Print Exchange, Southern Graphics Council International, Portland, OR
Tree of Life, Virginia Art of the Book Center, Charlottesville, VA

 

2014:
Space Print Exchange, Organized by Leigh Ann Beavers, Lexington, VA
Mail Art Exchange, Organized by Clover Archer-Lyle, Roanoke, VA

 

Commissions:
2020:
4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Poster, Community Anti-Racism Effort, Lexington, VA

 

2019:
3rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Poster, Community Anti-Racism Effort, Lexington, VA

 

2018:
2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Poster, Community Anti-Racism Effort, Lexington, VA
Suzanne Keen Poetry Broadside, Washington & Lee University English Department, Lexington, VA

 

2017:
1st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Poster, Community Anti-Racism Effort, Lexington, VA
Woodtype Twenty-Five Year Anniversary Celebration Poster, Rare Book School, Charlottesvile, VA

 

Publications:
2017:
Virginia’s Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology, Z Publishing

 

2014:
Muse Literature and Art Journal, Washington and Lee University

 

2013:
Muse Literature and Art Journal, Washington and Lee University

 

Field Research:

2019:
The Effects of Manuscript Physicality on Reading, Writing, and Self-Valuation for Writers Working Digitally, Chicago, IL

 

2016:
Oral Histories of Rockbridge County, Rockbridge County, VA

 

2015:
Ethnographic research in the Contemporary Egyptian Art World, Cairo, Egypt

 

Presentations and Performances:

2020:

Calendar Girls, Performance lecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2019:
Graduate Lecture, Performance Lecture, What Makes a Digital Object?, School of The Art Institute of Chicago

 

2017:
An Alternative Female Image: Printing the Multiple in the Digital Age, Beverley Street Studio School

2015:
The Nude Figure for Self-Representation, Washington and Lee University
Self-Representation and Portraiture in Printmaking, Washington and Lee University
Framing Success: Trajectories and Conceptions of Success in the Modern Egyptian Art World,
Washington and Lee University

 

Teaching:

2020:
Professor, Co-Taught with Aida Ramirez; Introduction to Printmedia Practices, Spring 2020, School Of the Art Institute of Chicago, Printmedia Department; Chicago, IL
Teaching Fellow, Senior Capstone: BFA Exhibition and Beyond with Michael Ryan, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Teaching Assistant, Offset Productions with Conor Stechschulte, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2019:
Teaching Fellow, Senior Capstone: BFA Exhibition and Beyond with Michael Ryan, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Teaching Assistant, Offset Productions with Conor Stechschulte, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Teaching Assistant, Advanced Artist Books with Myungah Hyon, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,Chicago, IL
Co-Instructor with April Sheridan, Advanced Artist Books, 6-week course, Spudnik Press Cooperative Chicago, IL

 

2018:
Teaching Fellow, Senior Capstone: Work It with Nicholas Lowe, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Teaching Assistant, Adventures in Self-Publishing with Conor Stechschulte, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
High School Independent Study in Anatomy & Figure Drawing, Rockbridge County High School, Lexington, VA Individual Independent Art Study, weekly, Lexington, VA
Teaching Assistant for Claudia Smigrod, Tell Me A Story Photobook Intensive, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

 

2017:
Drawing and Design for Beginners, 10 weeks, Lexington Collabratory & Makerspace, Lexington, VA
Children’s Exploratory Art, 10 weeks, Lexington Collabratory & Makerspace, Lexington, VA
Individual Independent Art Study, weekly, Lexington, VA

 

2016:
Individual Independent Art Study, weekly, Lexington, VA

 

Workshops:
2019:
No-Sew Bindings, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL
Case Binding, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL
Secret Belgian Binding, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL
Simple Self Publishing, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL

 

2018:
2-Day Intermediate Letterpress Intensive for Platen Press Printing, Lexington Collabratory &
Makerspace, Lexington, VA
Relief Fabric Printing, Make It Sew, Lexington, VA
Linoleum Block Letterpress Printing, Buena Vista Art Center, Buena Vista, VA

 

2017:
Simple Handmade Chapbooks, English Department, Washington and Lee University
Letterpress Printing for the Handmade Photobook, Art Department, Washington and Lee University
Collaborative Poetry, Letterpress, and Linoleum Printing with Claudia Smigrod, Leigh Ann Beavers, and Casey Smith, Art Department, Washington and Lee University

 

2016:
Printing Simple Letterpress Business Cards, Washington and Lee University

 

Organizations:
Fine Press Book Association
American Printing History Association
Southern Graphics Council International
Mid American Print Council

Collections:
Washington and Lee University Special Collections
University of Virginia Special Collections
Rare Book School

University of Miami Special Collections